Mennonite Heritage Village was once again active at Summer in the City with a Waffle Booth. When the MHV Auxiliary made the decision not to undertake such a large project at this time, our staff agreed to take it on and make it happen. We are grateful to the Auxiliary for their support in having the waffle irons serviced, for the use of their recipes and new “Waffles” banners, and for the members who volunteered in the booth.

Many words of thanks need to be offered to those who made this fundraising initiative possible and also successful. Anne Toews and Tashia Lapeire worked tirelessly for days prior to and during the event to make sure the public was well served. The support they received from their families also should be mentioned.

Many volunteers stepped up to the plate. At least eight people were needed at any one time. Quite a number of new cooks were trained, and they did a great job. One of the comments we are hearing repeatedly is that everyone serving the public seemed to be having a good time.

Waffle consumption was brisk. The sale of just over 900 waffles, some coffee and ice-tea, and a bunch of candy yielded almost enough revenue to cover the losses from our rained-out Spring on the Farm festival. One guest told us he had waited all year for this waffle. He needs to know that the Auxiliary also serves waffles at every MHV festival event during the summer. This year they will also serve waffles on a few non-festival days, the first one being July 17. Mark your calendar.

About the Author

Gary is responsible for the overall management of MHV. Guiding the staff, informing the board, and networking with officials, volunteers, corporate sponsors, individual donors and other guests. He has a business diploma and a MA in Global Studies from Providence Theological Seminary. With his family he did humanitarian work for 18 years in Asia, including being a CEO of a Compost Enterprise in China. He loves to discuss the Mennonite story and how it is relevant in our world. Learn more about the MHV.

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