Ogdensburg Kiwanis Pancake Day

You know spring has arrived when the Ogdensburg Kiwanis Club starts serving locally made St. Lawrence County Maple Syrup at their annual Pancake Day on Saturday (April 24) from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

This year’s event will be held at the Ogdensburg Moose Lodge at the corner of The Crescent and Montgomery Street. Donation is $7.  

This year, the Ogdensburg Kiwanis Club is celebrating 90 years of service to the Greater Ogdensburg community.

The Ogdensburg Free Academy Key Club is celebrating 50 years of service at OFA. 

Come celebrate an important part of Ogdensburg’s civic history and an annual rite of spring by supporting one of Ogdensburg’s oldest civic service clubs.

The Ogdensburg Kiwanis Club was started 90 years ago. Chris Pitcher is the club’s current president. The club meets twice a month at the Ogdensburg Freighthouse Restaurant on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday.

Kiwanis is an international volunteer service organization dedicated to bringing community members together to help children and improve the community. It was founded in 1915 and today has almost 600,000 members in 80 nations around the world. Just 16 years after it was first organized in Detroit, Michigan, a group of civic minded Ogdensburg residents decided to bring the club to Ogdensburg under the leadership of Harry B. Proctor, one of the city’s leading businessmen and owner of the Proctor Lumber Co. on River Street.

Over the years, the Ogdensburg Kiwanis Club has expanded its service activities to include an extensive youth athletic program that includes Kiwanis Baseball, T-Ball, Softball and Soccer programs that help introduce young people to organized sports and the ideals of sportsmanship.

The Ogdensburg Kiwanis Club’s extensive service programs also includes the award winning Ogdensburg Free Academy Key Club, OFA Middle School Builders Club and elementary school K-Kids.

The Ogdensburg Kiwanis Club donates a children’s book to every child born at Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center. It sponsors a one-on-one reading program with the OFA Key Club at the Ogdensburg Boys and Girls Club.

The membership built and maintains an extensive athletic complex with baseball and soccer fields at Montroy Park at the corner of Gate Street and Jefferson Avenue.

The Ogdensburg Kiwanis Club also provides scholarships to graduating seniors at Ogdensburg Free Academy, Heuvelton Central School, Lisbon Central School and Morristown Central School.

Kiwanis Baseball celebrated its 75th anniversary in Ogdensburg last year. The Ogdensburg Free Academy Key Club is celebrating its 50th anniversary at OFA.