Photo submitted Lori Holloway helps make breakfast for the Russellville Rotary annual pancake breakfast.

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Lori Holloway helps make breakfast for the Russellville Rotary annual pancake breakfast.

The Russellville Rotary Club will be having the annual pancake breakfast on Saturday, Oct. 12 at First Baptist Church in Russellville. It is a long-standing tradition for Rotarians to take turns serving as pancake breakfast chairperson, and Shelley Head is has volunteered to serve this year. You can make a donation to the Rotary Club in exchange for a ticket from any Rotary Club member or at the door. Rotarians will be serving pancakes and sausage with coffee, milk, or juice from 6 a.m. until 10 a.m. on Oct. 12th before the Tobacco Festival parade.

The money that is raised at the pancake breakfast is used to support the many projects that the Russellville Rotary Club participates in throughout the year. Several of the projects that the club participates in annually are focused on education and students. Every month during the school year the club gives a "Student of the Month" award to high school students at Logan County High School, Russellville High School, and the Career and Technical School. Each May the club presents awards to nine teachers, one in each of the local schools, including a $100 award to each recognized teacher to be used in their classrooms. The Club sponsors vocational school scholarship awards each year, by honoring the student with the highest G.P.A. in the 10 fields of study at the Career and Technical School. Each selected student is eligible to receive a $500 scholarship to be used at a higher education institute. For many years the Rotary club has given a dictionary to every 3rd-grade student in the Logan County and Russellville school systems. The largest service project of the Russellville Rotary Club that also benefits many Logan County and Russellville students is the "Happy Feet" program, which provides shoes, coats, jeans, and hoodies to students for use during the winter months.

Some of the other projects that the Rotary Club participates in include collecting and delivering household and cleaning supplies to the local social services office to be given to families in need, performing renovations on and maintain the historic Governor Breathitt House, sponsoring local students in attending the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards program, and an annual student speech competition, awarding the top three speeches cash prizes. The Russellville Rotary Club has contributed over $20,000 to Rotary International's Polio Plus program, which seeks to eradicate polio worldwide.

Over the past two years, the Russellville Rotary club has initiated some new community projects. In 2018, the club partnered with Historic Russellville, Inc. and sponsored projects totaling $3,500 to help create the area where the Alice Allison Dunnigan statue now sits. This was part of a Rotary District Grant project that the club participated in. The Rotary Club intends to complete another District Grant project in 2019/2020 which will benefit the Life Choice Pregnancy Center by providing new car seats and baby swings for the center to distribute. The Rotary Club also participated in a club-wide service project to provide Christmas presents to a family of multiple children.

The funds raised at the annual pancake breakfast make it possible for the Rotary CLub to continue doing all of these projects in the Russellville and Logan County community. The Russellville Rotary Club invites everyone to buy a ticket and come to the breakfast on Saturday, Oct. 12th from 6 a.m. until 10 a.m.