by Peter Bodley
An all-you-can-eat Belgian waffle breakfast was hosted by the Coon Rapids Snowflake Association as part of the 48th annual Coon Rapids Snowflake Days celebration Sunday morning at the Coon Rapids VFW.
Members of the Coon Rapids North Star Lions Club served the breakfast.
But it was also the first public appearance for the 2012 Miss Coon Rapids Samantha Phillippi and the 2012 Coon Rapids Junior Royalty.
Proceeds from the event went to the Coon Rapids High School chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA).
According to Cullen Bartz, Coon Rapids High School social studies teacher and FCA chapter adviser, the Coon Rapids chapter began last school year with an initial 15- to 20-member group.
Now meetings and activities of the chapter draw anywhere from 100 to 125 student athletes, Bartz said.
The FCA is a Christian organization of student athletes which meets twice a month in the evenings at the high school, he said.
“It is a nondenominational group and students don’t have to be athletes to join,” Bartz said.
The students sing and split up into small groups for devotions, he said.
In addition, the FCA chapter has taken on the task of organizing the annual Baccalaureate service for seniors prior to their graduation, Bartz said.
The 2012 Baccalaureate will be at the high school May 29, according to Bartz.
“Baccalaureate is no longer an activity that the schools puts on and we are happy to do it,” Bartz said.
Besides the twice-a-month meetings, the FCA also plan other activities and the proceeds from the breakfast will go to offset the costs of those activities, Bartz said.
In addition, FCA chapter members do community service volunteer work, including at the Coon Rapids headquarters of Feed My Starving Children.