(MURFREESBORO) With temps around 40-degrees and a wintry mix of rain and snow, the 16th annual Murfreesboro Rotary Club's "Hotcakes and Holly" pancake breakfast united hundreds in what has become a Christmas tradition in Murfreesboro. It is held in the old gym at Middle Tennessee Christian School on Memorial Boulevard at East MTCS Drive.
Each year, the club's president-elect coordinates this major event. This year, that position was held by John Hinkle, who next year has the honor to serve as president in the club's centennial year. The noon club was chartered October 1, 1919, and is this county's oldest civic organization.
Since 1985, Rotary's focus has been to eliminate polio around the world. Three years after beginning, statistics showed that in 1988 there were 350,000 cases of the disease.
Hinkle noted, "It's everyone working together that makes a difference. Today there are only 22 cases of polio in the world, and they are limited to three countries."
Those countries are Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria.
Since 2011, Rotary has donated $900-million toward vaccinations for children. Two-billion childre now have a fighting chance, instead of a life in an iron lung, or not being able to walk.
The local Murfreesboro Rotary also focuses on helping youth. Members present dictionaries to all third grade students in both public and private schools. While doing that, the members share the importance of developing a good vocabulary with the students.
In addition, Rotary has linked arms with the local READ TO SUCCEED program, whose goal is to increase literacy.