61st annual Douds Community Club Pancake Day set Saturday

DOUDS ? The Douds Community Club is kicking off its new membership year with Pancake Day 7-10 a.m. Saturday at the Douds Community Center.

Pancakes, sausage, coffee, orange juice and chocolate milk will be served by the men of the community.

Prices are: $6 for those 12 and older; $3 for children 5-12; and free for children under 5. In observance of Veterans Day as a thank-you for their service, all veterans eat free.

Douds Pancake Day was patterned after Centerville Pancake Day, which originated eight years earlier. Either Morris or Raymond Finney observed that successful event while on their greeting card route and suggested it to the Douds Community Club.

Membership in the Douds Community Club is: $25 for businesses; $10 for individuals; $5 for those under 18 or over 64 years of age.

Two sponsorship levels are available. An Annual Sponsor receives a membership, listings in the Pancake Day ad and Douds Field Day ad and also supports the Street Light Fund for a total of $120. An Events Sponsor receives a membership and listings in the Pancake Day ad and Douds Field Day ad for $75. Donations to the Street Light Fund of $35 per household or $60 per business are suggested. The Community Club pays the monthly bill for 21 streetlights from the junction of Highways 16 and 98 through town to the Holcomb Creek Bridge and the annual cost of electricity is more than $3,000.

Memberships, sponsorships and donations to the Street Light Fund can be paid at Pancake Day or mailed to Tom Allen at Douds Lumber, 14792 Washington St., Douds 52551.

The Douds Community Club has been promoting community betterment projects since its incorporation in 1948. Original organizers were Stanley Barker, Earl Brown, Bill Carson, Cy Greenfield, Harlan Heckart, Clarence Pedrick, Dale Ratcliff, Joe Salter and Herbert Smith. Current officers are: Doug Dick, president; Jim Pedrick, vice president; Tom Allen, treasurer; and Paige Caves, secretary.

Monthly meetings are held at 7 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday, and all community members are welcome. Dues-paying members are entitled to vote at each monthly meeting.