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Rotary Club annual soup supper will be Saturday

Rotary Club annual soup supper will be Saturday
Soups and pies were on the menu Saturday evening at the 2019 Rotary Club soup supper. (Press file photo James Grob)
By Bob Steenson,

There’s something comforting and satisfying about a bowl of hot soup on a cold winter night. On Saturday, the Charles City Rotary Club will offer a choice of soups, homemade pies and more at the club’s annual soup supper.

The event will take place from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, at the Elks Lodge in Charles City. Tickets are available from Rotary Club members and will also be available at the door.

On the menu are four kinds of soups, turkey slider sandwiches, relishes and crackers at the tables, beverages and an assortment of homemade pies for dessert.

The Rotary Club has been holding the soup supper in various forms and at various locations for decades, including at the high school. Proceeds help support the club’s community projects.

“This is the second year that it has been at the Elks,” said current club President Kay Winkelman. “We’ve found that to be a very good venue.”

Ann Troge, a club member and former president, said the covered carport at the entryway is perfect for the free valet service that the club will be offering that night, and the lodge is perfect for the size of the event.

Winkelman said it’s a nice event for the Elks Lodge, too, because the cash bar will be open for those interested and it’s a way for the lodge to make some extra money.

“I heard from people last year who really liked the location,” Winkelman said. “They thought it felt more cozy, maybe. It felt like an evening out.”

Rotarians will be serving the meal buffet-style, and will also be available to help people carry their soup to the tables and refill beverages.

Troge said the soup supper also gives the club an opportunity to showcase some of the items that will be available for bid at the club’s annual Rotary Radio Auction, which will take place Saturday morning, Feb. 1, on KCHA radio.

Placemats at the soup supper will have the latest list of items to be auctioned, and people can take a placemat home to follow along and know what’s available for bid, Troge said.