The approximately 1,000 people who were served butterfly pork chop sandwiches, potato salad, baked beans and soft drinks Friday, May 20, by the Early Bird Kiwanis Club at the Y Men's Club pavilion benefitted two ways.
In addition to sharing a meal with friends at the pavilion at 100 Hill St. – or taking it home as a carry-out – they went home with the knowledge they had helped the club support 42 local organizations and agencies.
Doug Warren, club treasurer (who retired April 1 as Hannibal's finance director), explained the proceeds from the dinner will become part of "about $24,000 a year that gets pumped back into the community" by the to help 42 organizations.
"We give quite a bit of money to organizations that focus on kids," Warren said. "Representatives of these organizations come and speak" to the club.
Among these who benefit from the club's donations are local high school graduating seniors. "We give five $1,000 scholarships to students every year," Warren said.
As the dinner hours were ending, Kiwanian Lesli Lane was preparing-outs from the pan of pork chops.
Club president-elect Justin Gibson reported 300 pounds of pork chops had provided the dinners.
"We get our pork tenderized and seasoned by Country Butcher Shop in Palmyra, and they do a good job for us," Gibson said.
"We grill them on grills here (at the pavilion) and let them sit in chicken base, which makes them even more tender," Gibson said.
The dinner was a big success, he added. "We have done really well, and lunch was very busy. We almost ran out of soda and potato salad."
He appreciated all the people who bought the dinner, noting the proceeds goes into the club's budget "and is given out through the year."
The Early Bird Kiwanis Club meets every Thursday morning at 7 a.m. at the Hannibal Nutrition Center, 219 S. 10 St. Prospective members are welcome to attend.
Reach reporter Bev Darr at firstname.lastname@example.org.