ALTON — The Alton-Godfrey Rotary Club’s 31st annual Chili Chowdown is set for Monday, March 7, at Main Street United Methodist Church in Upper Alton.
The fund-raiser features all-you-can eat chili, beverage and dessert for $8. Serving hours are 11 a.m. through 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. through 7 p.m. Diners may eat in or carry out.
The secret Rotary chili recipe is guarded by event co-chair Mike Seymour. He says the recipe originated with the late Don Johnson, proprietor of DJ’s Bar and Grill in Upper Alton. Club members prepare and serve the chili. Over the years the Chili Chowdown has been held at a number of venues, but in recent years has settled into its home at the church, which affords ample parking, ease of egress and plenty of room for diners.
Tickets are available from any member of the Alton-Godfrey Rotary Club and will be sold at the door. There will be a 50/50 raffle during the day. The event raises funds for local Rotary projects, including annual scholarships given in conjunction with the club’s Student of the Month program and to a student of industrial arts and Lewis and Clark Community College.
The Alton-Godfrey Rotary Club was chartered by Rotary International on March 1, 1921. Since that time the club has served the Alton and Godfrey communities by exhibiting Rotary’s motto of Service Above Self. Many notable projects have been completed over the years, including a picnic pavilion at Haskell Park, the Steamboat Mural at Broadway and Henry streets, the statues of Lincoln and Douglas at Lincoln-Douglas Square, the Wadlow statue, numerous fountains including the current fountain at State House Circle, a Habitat for Humanity House, the greenhouse at the Community Supported Garden and more.
For information, visit www.altongodfreyrotary.org. The club meets at 6 p.m. Mondays at the meeting room at Alton Sports Tap, except for the third Monday of the month when the meeting is at 6 p.m. at Rolling Hills Golf Club. Visitors are welcome.