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Pancake breakfast proceeds to buy life-saving device

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Rockwood Rotary Club’s pancake breakfast and silent auction this weekend could someday have life-saving consequences.

All proceeds from the breakfast will be used to purchase a defibrillator for Rockwood Middle School.

The breakfast will be from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. April 5 in Rockwood First Christian Church’s fellowship hall at 328 W. Rockwood St.

Tickets are $5 and include pancakes, bacon, butter, syrup, orange juice and coffee.

They are available from any Rockwood Rotarian, Rotary Kids member or at the door.

The silent auction will take place in downtown Rockwood from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The purchase for Rockwood Middle School is the latest in Rockwood Rotary’s efforts to buy life-saving equipment for Roane County Schools.

Recently, the club teamed with Harriman Rotary Club for a father-daughter dance to raise money to purchase defibrillators for each of Roane County’s five high schools.

A defibrillator is an electronic device that gives an electric shock to the heart to help reestablish normal contraction rhythms in a heart having dangerous arrhythmia or in cardiac arrest, according to the American Heart Association, which recommends the devices be available wherever large numbers of people congregate.

Rockwood Rotary Club participates in a number of civic and community projects.

An annual chili supper raises money for the club’s annual scholarship.
It also joins with its counterparts in Harriman and Kingston for the annual Roane County Band Festival, a non-competition event that allows high school band members to gather for fellowship and to see each halftime band program.

Rockwood Rotary Club also provides dictionaries every year to each third-grader at Ridge View and Midtown elementary schools.
The organization sponsors the annual Rockwood High School football banquet.

It also sends four Rockwood High School sophomores to Rotary Leadership Youth Awards programs every September.

Last September, the Rockwood club sent animals to villages in underdeveloped countries through Heifer International.

Rockwood Rotary Club meets at 6 p.m. each Monday in Junior’s Restaurant at 214 W. Rockwood St.