Need help raising money for your group? Call the Kiwanis Beavers. Kiwanis Beavers president Dennis Requist, president-elect Vicki Roberts, treasurer Wes Stille and secretary Dan Robinson are pleased to announce that again the Beavers are ready to help organizations raise money by helping with the Kiwanis Beavers Sausage and Pancake Feed.
"Long ago we realized our strength in raising money was not in selling tickets, it was in making cakes and sausages. We let the group that wants to raise the money sell tickets, then we do the rest," Requist said. Treasurer Stille said, "The group working with us sends us a check for $60 or 10 percent of the money raised and keeps the rest." Secretary Robinson said he likes the system because it makes it easy for him to let other Kiwanis Beavers know how much money was raised and gives him numbers for his monthly reports to Kiwanis International. President-elect Roberts likes the idea that the group doing the work selling tickets gets to keep the money. Ken Loats and Norm DenHartog do most of the scheduling and organizing. They can obtain sausages and pancake mix at cost from local suppliers. Many of the groups get local business to donate materials, helping increase the dollars raised. Cooks include Don Shevel, "the main batter man," while two or three Beavers are in training to replace long-time "main sausage man" Paul Deihl.
The Kiwanis Beavers use a grill that was made years ago by deceased member Don Barrells. Requist said he thinks that the first time it was used was to raise money to buy a radial arm saw for the Red Barn to make wood pallets at least 20 years ago. Stille said it's hard to estimate, but a good guess is that the Kiwanis Beavers have made about 140,000 cakes on Don's grill and have raised over $100,000.
To schedule a fundraiser using Kiwanis Beavers Sausage and Pancakes, or for more information, call either Vicki Roberts at 732-6729, Norm DenHartog at 732-1266, or Ken Loats at 732-7321.