"I've been doing it since 1997 personally," said Ralph Nolfi of the Kiwanis Club of Portsmouth. "The more pancakes you cook, the better you get at it."
Nolfi, decked out in an apron, said he still maintains his amateur status.
"I don't think I have become an expert," Nolfi said. "But I really enjoy doing it."
That's when Nolfi confessed, "Of course I eat as many as I cook. You can tell by my physique. So that's a testament to how good they are."
Nolfi said the Pancake Day event is the club's largest fundraiser each year.
'This is the fundraiser where we collect the most money," Nolfi said. "And it keeps the club solvent."
Nolfi said the top priority of the Kiwanis Club is providing for the needs of children.
"We use the money to support the children of the community," Nolfi said.
One of the projects Kiwanis Club members are proudest of is the 2009 building of a playground facility in Tracy Park.
"I think it was a milestone project for the community and one for the club," Nolfi said. "Personally, I think the playground has helped clean the park up."
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