Servitium Club’s annual Tom Moak Pancake and Sausage Day is today at FUMC

Published 5:57 pm Monday, February 20, 2017

Servitium Club members plan to flip thousands of pancakes today in a new location.

The 66th annual Tom Moak Memorial Pancake and Sausage Day will be at First United Methodist Church Brookhaven for the first time. Pancake plates are $6 and are served until 7 p.m. It’s take-out or dine-in. They usually put four pancakes on a plate, said club member Colby Calcote, but if you eat them there, they’ll keep them coming.

But who can eat more than four pancakes?

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“There are certain ones I’ve seen,” he said, not naming names. “You’d be surprised how many folks come back three and four times. I don’t know where they put it.”

The pancake eating is for a good cause though. All the proceeds go to support local youth services and programs and that would make the late Tom Moak happy.

Pancake Day began in 1951 in Brookhaven when the Servitium Club was known as the Kiwanis Club. Moak — who joined the Kiwanis Club in 1948 — was present at the first Pancake Day and attended every one until his death 62 years later in 2013. After that, the newly created Servitium Club — having broken ties with the national Kiwanis organization the year before in order to keep the money raised in the community — decided to rename Pancake Day in his honor.

“He would have been humbled to have it named after him,” Calcote said. “What I’ve been told was that he was passionate about raising money for kids.”

Organizers expect to sell at least 2,000 plates throughout the day. Juice, milk and coffee will be available also.

Calcote, who is dad to a 9- and 7-year-old, plans to put a kid-friendly spins on some of the pancakes by adding chocolate chips and creating Mickey ears out of the batter.

“I know what they like and I can only imagine it would parlay into what other kids like,” he said.

The event has previously been held in the State Bank State Room. It was moved so that larger crowds can be accommodated more comfortably and so the grill-masters and pancake-flippers can take advantage of the large commercial kitchen at the church. “We’re hoping the success carries over with the new location,” he said.

The Servitium Club meets at Poppa’s Fish House each Wednesday at noon for lunch and a program. For information about attending a meeting as a guest or joining the organization call 601-695-8123.