Appetite grows for Men’s Breakfast Club

Created date

May 31st, 2010

Think of it as a men s locker room without the sweat. The Men s Breakfast Club at Highland Springs meets all the other requirements necessary for manly bonding slaps on the back, tales of heroics past and present, and of course, a few jokes.

The club, open to all male residents of the community, meets on the first and third Friday of each month in the Cotton Belt Caf . In addition to hearty fare such as sausage, bacon, eggs, biscuits, and gravy, food services employee Marchelle Hill whips up a specialty often requested by the men. They love pancakes with strawberry topping, says Hill. I make sure it is ready when the men arrive. Carafes of coffee scattered on the tables encourage an informal time of fellowship over a cup of joe. There s no great agenda, says Herb Hoxie, a retired FBI agent who joined the club when he moved to Highland Springs three and a half years ago. We swap stories and tell jokes. It s good fellowship. Occasionally, if a member of the group has a serious topic in mind, he initiates a discussion during a meeting.

On a recent Friday morning, Charlie Shields, a Dallas attorney for 60 years, offered his perspective on topics ranging from health care to governmental affairs. I like talking with these characters, says Shields, nodding toward the men around him. Everyone in this room has a history with this country, and I think we still have a lot to offer. Indeed, the volume of experiences represented in the room could fill several history books. We all come from different backgrounds, says the current leader of the club, Walt McGinnis. There is a wealth of stories among our members. McGinnis, a barnstormer after World War II, has done things that nobody else would do, says fellow club member Lowell Culver, referring to McGinnis aerial acrobatics. The chance to get to know one another in such a relaxed atmosphere is the group s main appeal. You meet people, start chatting, and find out more about them, says Phil Fabricius, who joined the club a year and a half ago. And while most friendships have grown over the past few years, some go back several decades. Herb Hoxie and I were fraternity brothers at Michigan State College in 1947, says Culver. We were both members of Alpha Tau Omega and kept in touch through the alumni association. It is really something that we both landed at Highland Springs.