Last year the event was cancelled due to the COVD-19 pandemic. According to organizers, this year’s event promises to be “one of the best.” There will be live music, displays of classic cars and trucks, a bounce house for the little ones, and of course the Rotary Club’s delicious pancake breakfast at Nervino on Sunday, September 12 from 8-11 a.m. Photo by Lauren Westmoreland

Rotary Fly-In Pancake Breakfast returns September 12 at Nervino airport

The Rotary Club of Portola’s Annual Fly-In Pancake Breakfast will be held once again this year at Nervino airport in Beckwourth on Sunday, September 12.

Last year the event was cancelled due to the COVD-19 pandemic. According to organizers, this year’s event promises to be “one of the best.” There will be live music, displays of classic cars and trucks, a bounce house for the little ones, and of course the Rotary Club’s delicious pancake breakfast.

Airport manager Herb Bishop has been hosting the breakfast in his hanger for many years and calls the annual event a “great event for a good cause.” The “good cause” is Rotary community service projects. Essentially 100 percent of proceeds go straight back into the community.

According to Rotary Club of Portola’s President Kim Wilbanks, “Our last Fly-In in 2019 was such a success that we were able to make it through last year without cutting our service programs, even though all of our fundraisers were cancelled. Now we desperately need to fill our service coffers.”

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Last year the club used some of funds raised to provide over 20 gallons of hand sanitizer to the community when supplies were short. They also provided outdoor planter boxes at C. Roy Carmichael Elementary school for their outdoor education projects and restored the Community Bulletin Board next to City Hall.

This year, the funds raised sent four Portola High School juniors to a week-long youth leadership camp at Grizzly Ranch.Five eighth graders have also been sponsored to attend a weekend course to prepare them to become leaders and role models.

The club also dedicates funds to teaching important lessons in ethics in our schools and to an expansive Literacy Program – providing adults to read to elementary school students, books and facilitators for Rotary’s middle school and high school book clubs and books for students.
Additionally, this year the

Rotary Club of Portola is partnering with Portola Junior Senior High School, Eastern Plumas Health Care (EPHC), The Rotary Foundation, and the Emily Jane Wilbanks Memorial Fund to provide a special program at the high school.

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This $12,000 partnership will provide training for staff and students to help everyone involved come back after last year’s COVID disruption. The program is called “Breaking Down the Walls” and will take place for several days this fall. “This Fly-In is our signature fundraiser here in the community,” said President Wilbanks. “All of our 27 members are very engaged in making this year’s Fly-In better than ever. Attendance is the key to our success,” added Wilbanks. “Once again, we will have a raffle of prizes contributed by our many generous local businesses.”

Breakfast will start at 8 a.m. and close at 11 a.m. Tickets are currently on sale at several local businesses and can be purchased at the door. Prices are $8 for children under 12, and $14 per person for adults. Breakfast includes pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, coffee and orange juice. All first responders attending in uniform eat for free.