Rotarians to honor colleague while serving up buckwheat dinners

 GRAFTON—The Rotary Club of Grafton’s Education Endowment invites residents to come and enjoy a delicious meal that will not only benefit the youths of Taylor County but will help to honor a beloved Rotarian.

 The Rotarians have been serving up breakfast for dinner for nearly two decades, during their annual buckwheat and pancake event. This year, the event will hold a special meaning, as it has been renamed to pay tribute to a fellow Rotarian, who devoted his time to service above self.

According to Mark Zeck, the annual dinner will henceforth be known as the Steve Swank Memorial Buckwheat—Pancake Dinner, after the passing of their dear friend and colleague.

 Swank, although a Preston County Rotarian, became friends with members of the Grafton club when he came to assist with the annual dinner, hoping to increase the success of the event.

 “Steve had a huge passion for Rotary,” Zeck recalled.

 Swank knew the importance of leading the youths of the county, dedicating his life to teaching students the love of music. In 1976, he became the Band Director at Grafton Middle School and later retired from Taylor County Middle School.

 “Steve was instrumental in the Education Endowment of the Rotary Club of Grafton, Inc’s buckwheat dinners,” Zeck revealed. “He would stand at the hot griddles and help to flip buckwheat cakes all evening long, year in and year out.”

 The annual event helps to provide funding to the Education Endowment to help provide educational opportunities and scholarships to the county’s students.

 And while the name of the dinner has changed, the essence remains the same, as the Rotarians will be serving up homemade buckwheat cakes or pancakes, along with sausage. This year, dinners will be delivered to guests curbside, as COVID has forced the operation to be held in a drive thru manner.

 The first-ever Steve Swank Memorial Buckwheat—Pancake Dinner is slated to take place on Friday, April 23 and Saturday, April 24 from 4:00-7:00 each evening, at the Church of the Good Shepherd.

 Tickets are $8 for an adult and $3 for children under 12. Tickets may be purchased in advance through Zeck by calling 304-265-1937 or by stopping by his State Farm insurance office, located on US Route 50, in Grafton.

 Tickets may also be purchased at the Taylor County Public Library, located on Beech Street.

 “We really enjoy holding this dinner. We always have a great turnout and a great time,” commented Zeck. “We hope to see you there!”





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