Spaghetti, anyone? How about 500 platefuls – all covered with that special sauce that no one (and we mean no one) will share the recipe for? It’s only Monday, but it’s not too early to think about Friday night … and this week, you won’t want to miss the spaghetti heaven offered by St. Joseph Eastside Rotary.
Each February, the St. Joseph Eastside Rotary Spaghetti Dinner creates a significant amount of traffic and pasta at Ashland United Methodist Church in St. Joseph, Mo., and all for some great causes. To fulfill its mission toward “service above self,” Eastside Rotarians will stir, boil, bake and serve hundreds of spaghetti dinners to area residents. The meal price helps the club support area charities, which have included groups like Shoes for Orphan Souls, Smoke the Red Cross, Noyes Home, Royal Family Kids Camp, Salvation Army, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Second Harvest Food Bank, MWSU Scholarships, Special Olympics, United Cerebral Palsy, SJSD Literacy Project, and the YMCA.
Many area residents think of it like a big family meal, visiting with Rotarians working behind the scenes and getting second helpings of the famous sauce. (The recipe remains a coveted secret). Others plan on attending each year and bringing home take-out to warm up a winter night at home. Tickets can be purchased as a walk-in, or online, and donations can be made online toward the event for those who can’t attend.
As a past Eastside Rotary president and active member, our own Susan J. Campbell will be standing over cook pots and enthusiastically selling tickets. Like many other successful winter events for area nonprofit organizations, the secret lies in understanding that if something’s working, stay with it. The Eastside Rotary Spaghetti Dinner brings familiarity and tradition as several sets of local hands pull it all together. The format of the event and the sharing of proceeds with area organizations has stayed pretty much the same over the years, and it works.
This week, we invite you to purchase tickets for some great spaghetti from the Eastside Rotarians, knowing that your purchase helps several community groups do what they do best. We also ask you to consider your own marketing and brand messages – is there something you do really well that you could emphasize or share better? Have you left behind your “secret sauce,” and perhaps are considering a return to your core product or service attributes? Susan J. Campbell Copywriting Solutions can help you get back to who you are and what you love. (But no, we can’t share the recipe for that sauce). See you Friday, Feb. 21st!
St. Joseph Eastside Rotary Spaghetti Dinner
Friday, Feb. 21, 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Ashland United Methodist Church