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The Hillsboro Kiwanis Club has offered pancakes ahead of yearly parade since 1967.

STAFF FILE PHOTO - Hillsboro Kiwanis Club has been offering a pancake breakfast before the Fourth of July parade in downtown Hillsboro since the 1960s.For years, hungry Hillsboro residents have turned to the Hillsboro Kiwanis Club's pancake breakfast each Fourth of July. But the club announced this week that it was canceling the community event this year, and may not be able to host the event ever again.

For decades, the Kiwanis has been offering a pancake breakfast each July 4 at Hillsboro's United Church of Christ, 494 E. Main St. But club member Mike Schmidt said as the club's membership has gotten older, there are fewer and fewer people available to host the annual breakfast.

"Our club has gotten smaller and older," said Schmidt, who has been a member of the Kiwanis since 1989. "We found we didn't have enough experienced club members available to run the breakfast this year."

The club has hosted the pancake breakfast since 1967, and the annual event has become a tradition for hundreds of Hillsboro families, before the annual Fourth of July parade through downtown.

"All of us are disappointed," Schmidt said. "We wanted to get the word out because we don't know how many people will show up to the church hungry before the parade and find the doors closed."

Schmidt said he isn't sure if the pancake breakfast will be able to return next year, but he hopes it will.

"We have to see what it looks like next year," he said. "We're not sure whether it's possible to bring it back."

The Kiwanis club is active in Hillsboro offering high school scholarships, sponsoring local high school key clubs, reading to young children and supporting the Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp, a summer camp for Portland-area children with disabilities.



By Geoff Pursinger
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