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Rotary Club serves pancakes to B&G Club members
Erin Barney squeezes syrup onto her pancake during the Manteca Rotary Clubs pancake-and-omelet breakfast held at the Manteca Boys & Girls Club on Wednesday . - photo by HIME ROMERO/ The Bulletin

It was Mickey Mouse pancakes for 150 youngsters late Wednesday morning along with eggs, slices of ham, juice and milk in the Manteca Boys & Girls Club gym.

Boys & Girls Club members were treated to a late breakfast through the efforts of Manteca Rotary Club at the Alameda Street clubhouse – many asking for seconds.

Twelve-year-old Christian Threadgill probably had the most pancakes with a combined total of 10 on his plate and was the last one to finish his breakfast with little more than a few crumbs left behind as volunteers were beginning to clear the tables.  He also enjoyed more ham and eggs on his plate.

Christian said he didn’t have any breakfast before leaving home Wednesday morning, because he knew of the Rotary breakfast beforehand and looked forward to it.

When the 12-year-old boy was asked where he thought he would be 10 years from now, he said he hoped to be either at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo or at Oregon University wanting to become a computer engineer with an emphasis on music.

Christian comes from a fairly large family with an older 24-year-old brother who is an Oakland police officer.  His other siblings are much younger, he added.

“I want to be a Duck for football,” he said, referring to his college plans.  “They have pretty good academics there, too.”

In the kitchen at the Boys & Girls Club were Mark Oliver and Leon Sucht mixing the batter for the pancakes while Rotary President Brenda Franklin was checking on her members at their assigned tasks.

Flipping pancakes and making them look like Mickey Mouse were uniformed motorcycle officer Paul Carmona, Police Chief Nick Obligacion, SSJID CEO Jeff Shields and others.  Dishing out the eggs was Shawn Nusbaumer’s duty with Mike Morowits giving the boys and girls slices of ham on their plates.

Brenda Franklin was busy keeping the glasses of milk and orange juice filled to the brim at two long tables on the other side of the gymnasium. Retired educator Howard Holtsman was there too.  The Mickey Mouse pancakes were credited to Rotarian Jeff Liotard, owner of Mountain Mike’s Pizza and began the added attraction in past years.