2012-05-03 / Editorial

May Breakfast a spring tradition in Jamestown

The Jamestown Rotary Club will host its 48th annual May Breakfast this Saturday, May 5, at the Melrose Avenue School from 7 to 10 a.m.

This spring event is a popular gathering spot for many islander friends and neighbors. In the school kitchen, Rotary members serve up a hardy, traditional New England breakfast fare. You’ll often see a few guest chefs, such as our local elected officials, helping out with the serving duties. Island Boy Scouts also lend a hand with the event.

Forty-eight years is quite a run by any measure. But the Rotary Club itself has been organized in Jamestown even longer – 71 years – and is still going strong. The group gathers every Thursday morning at 7:15 at the Lionel Champlin House for a breakfast meeting. The club always welcomes new members. If you are interested, talk to one of the Rotarians at the breakfast this Saturday.

The Rotary Club is one of the island’s active civic groups. With the motto of “service above self,” the Rotary membership is throughout the year. You will also see the Rotarians selling their famous “doughboys” at the Fools’ Rules Regatta. And, Rotary Club members and a cast of volunteers host the annual Jamestown Classic bicycle race every Columbus Day.

Money raised from these high profile events goes to the club’s many good deeds – local, national and international. Did you know that every Thanksgiving the Rotary distributes food baskets to the island’s needy families so that everyone in Jamestown may have a good holiday meal?

Rotary is an important part of the island community. You can contribute to the cause and enjoy a great breakfast on Saturday. See you there.

— Jeff McDonough

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