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The king of pancakes

George Morgan holds the secret pancake recipe for the Fly-in Cruise-in
by:  GEORGE MORGAN

Pancake King is an apt title for George Morgan.

Since 1964, Morgan, 84, has held the secret pancake recipe for the Sandy Kiwanis Club Fly-in Cruise-in breakfast.

When he first started his duties 47 years ago, Morgan mixed the batter by hand with a large spoon in a metal dish. Overseeing pancake making became easier when the group introduced a commercial mixing machine, donated by local grade schools.

Now the event has grown to thousands and the group prepares 400 pounds of pancakes during the event. As Sandy Kiwanis approaches its 54th annual Fly-in Cruise-in, it celebrates those who've helped make the event a community tradition. Morgan tops the list.

'George is quite a character,' said Kimberley Nelson, president-elect of the Kiwanis Club. 'I really admire him.'

Though he's the only one who knows the entire pancake recipe, Morgan shares a portion of it with two helpers each year and has scribbled the recipe out in a safe spot in case something happens to him.

'It's super good,' Morgan said of the secret recipe. 'I love pancakes, but I don't eat them very often.' The Fly-in Cruise-in offered plenty of pancake eating to last the year, he said.

Morgan described the early morning preparation for the Fly-in Cruise-in. He arrives with Kiwanis Club members to heat up the grills at 5:30 a.m., feeds the staff and volunteers, and prepares for thousands of guests to arrive beginning at 7 a.m.

There was only one year Morgan could recall the group running low on eggs and having to run to the store for more. He said the club has been good at anticipating its needs for the breakfast.

Outside reigning as Pancake King, Morgan is a retired insurance agent who serves as a board member for Clackamas County Bank and has been involved in the Sandy community in a variety of settings.

'He's been in the Sandy area forever,' Nelson said. 'He's really assisted in its development.'

The Fly-in Cruise-in is Sandy's Kiwanis Club's biggest fundraiser of the year, with funds funneling back into the community

'People come year after year,' Nelson said. 'It's like a big reunion.'

For more information about the 54th Fly-in, Cruise-in, visit sandykiwanis.org, call Kimberley Nelson at 503-819-0511 or call Norm Hinote at 503-637-3303.

Editor's note: Next week's Fly-in Cruise-in article in the Post features the Sandy Livestock Club's involvement .