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Rotary Club hosts annual brunch at Boys & Girls Club
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Nick Obligacion of the Rotary Club of Manteca whips up the pancakes at the brunch held at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Manteca. - photo by VINCE REMBULAT / The Bulletin

Rotary Club of Manteca once again served up brunch for some 90 members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Manteca on Thursday.

“This is really a fun event,” said President Steve Winters, who worked the kitchen, mixing enough pancake batter to feed an army. “Just to see the joy in the faces of the kids is priceless.”

Members of the Boys & Girls Clubs’ summer program enjoyed ham, eggs, milk and juice to go with their pancakes.

“They can have as many as they want,” said Charlie Halford, who began twice-a-year brunch about six or seven years ago.

Back then, he had just retired as chief of the Manteca Police Department and was the executive director of the local Boys & Girls Clubs.

Some of the ingredients on the brunch menu were leftovers from the Manteca Kiwanis’ recent Fourth of July breakfast.

“We had to buy the eggs for today,” Halford said.

Rotary, in similar fashion, will have a pancake brunch for youngsters of the local Boys & Girls Clubs shortly after the Super Bowl in February.

“Everyone loves pancakes,” said Boys & Girls Clubs’ Director of Operations Mark McCool, who also receive a big thank you to Rotarians from the youngsters.

Along those lines, Halford recalled not too long ago when Boys & Girls Club member had a total of 10 pancakes at one of the brunch events.

Youngsters also hung around for the drawing of prizes.