Kiwanis Pancake Day helps local club giveback

| November 5, 2018

COSHOCTON – When Betsy Gosnell was looking for different service clubs in the community to join, she realized that the Kiwanis Club was near and dear to her heart.

“My dad was a Kiwanis member,” said Gosnell who is the new president of the Coshocton Kiwanis Club. “He was a social worker and helped children who were hard to place for adoption. He was always concerned about child welfare and got involved after he retired.”

Kiwanis’ primary goal is to help children and Gosnell decided to join the club after attending its annual pancake day in 2017. She is excited to lead the club into this year’s event and help them raise funds to support their mission.

“I’m looking forward to seeing the community coming out to support our club and the programs we fund,” she said. “I hope to see a lot of people I know and see some new ones.”

The Kiwanis Pancake Day will be held from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 8, at the Coshocton Elks Lodge on Chestnut Street. Tickets are $7 and include all-you-can eat pancakes. They are available at the door or from any Kiwanis Club member.

Don’t worry about them running out of fluffy pancakes and warm sausage links. They make sure there is plenty of food to go around.

“We’ll have 350 pounds of pancake batter, 250 pounds of sausage, and 20 gallons of syrup to serve approximately 1,500 community members,” Gosnell said.

As for what makes the pancakes special, Gosnell gives Kiwanis Club member Doug Speicher a lot of credit.

“It’s the way Doug Speicher stirs the pancake batter,” she said. “He is our official batter stirrer. That is what he does all day long.”

They also couldn’t do it without the help of Coshocton High School’s Key Club members who help them clear tables, fill syrup bottles and whatever else is asked of them.

“We are thankful for their support,” Gosnell said.

Corporate sponsors for the event are Interim Healthcare and Coshocton Regional Medical Center and gold sponsors are AlterCare of Ohio and Central Ohio Technical College.

Funds from pancake day allows the Kiwanis Club to support and donate to a number of projects including the Special Olympics Track and Field Day, Safety City, United Way, Kid’s America, Camp Invention, and Junior Achievement, just to name a few.


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I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!

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