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Rotary Club Breakfast Success
Though not an official Rotary Club member, chef Gary Romano said he was on a try out with the organization, assisting at the annual Super Bowl omelet breakfast on Sunday at Escalon High School. Marg Jackson/The Times

Taking time to enjoy a made-to-order omelet breakfast before settling in for an overtime Super Bowl spectacular later in the day, a couple of hundred hungry diners tuned out for the annual Rotary Club Super Bowl Breakfast in Escalon.

Hosted Sunday, Feb. 5 in the Escalon High School cafeteria, an assembly-line style of chefs cooked up the omelets. Diners placed their desired fillings in a cup, which was then handed off to the ‘chefs’ for sautéing and then folding in to the fluffy omelet. A varsity of diced vegetables, along with ham and cheese, were available as fillings.

Tara Gallegos and her daughter, 8-year-old Gabriella, were enjoying the breakfast, seated with Tara’s grandfather, Jim Renfroe.

“He has been in the Rotary for a number of years,” Gallegos said of her grandfather, noting that he tries to get to the breakfast each year.

Young Gabriella, however, is not a fan of eggs so her omelet didn’t include any – she just enjoyed the fillings, primarily chopped up red bell pepper, along with some fruit, a biscuit and a blueberry muffin.

Rotary Club member Lynda Stagno estimated about 200 people supported the breakfast, which is one of the club’s many fundraisers during the year. Rotarian Jordon Freitas also offered his thanks to the West family, who he said always attend and purchase a number of tickets for the opportunity drawings.

Current president for the Escalon Sunrise Rotary Club is Andreas Witt, serving a three-month term from January through March.

“All the proceeds are for high school scholarships,” Witt said. “It’s a wonderful event and we like it when the community comes out to support it.”

Witt also praised the school’s Interact Club, which is the youth arm of Rotary, noting that the club members get involved in multiple community service projects throughout the year.

“They do a phenomenal job,” he said.

Organizers were unsure how long the Super Bowl breakfast has been going on but all agreed it has been a successful venture for more than 10 years, helping provide scholarships to EHS students.