Families turn out in droves for Lions Club pancake breakfast

November 02, 2004|by Alicia Notarianni

A friendly-faced lion stood on two hind legs greeting breakfast diners at the door at First Christian Church's social hall Saturday, Oct. 30. A wooden cutout lion, that is.

The mascot conveyed goodwill from the members of the Longmeadow Lions Club, members of which were inside bustling about the kitchen, preparing an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast.

More than 350 people attended the fund-raiser between 7 and 11 a.m., indulging in all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage links, orange juice and coffee, tea or hot chocolate. Tickets were $3 in advance and $3.50 at the door. Children ages 6 and younger ate free.


Reed Hardy, president of the Longmeadow Lions Club, said pancake breakfasts, held once in the spring and once during autumn, are a Lions Club tradition.

Doug Walker, 39, of Hagerstown, said he and his wife, Julie, 32, saw an ad for the breakfast in the newspaper and thought going would be a fun community thing to do instead of staying home. They attended the event with their children, Nathan, 2, and Audrey, 1.

"The food is wonderful," Julie Walker said.

Maryland Del. Chris Shank, R-Wash., and his wife, Cindy Shank, of Hagerstown, went to the breakfast along with their sons, Caleb, 2, and Joshua, 6 months, as well as Chris Shank's parents, Sandy and Bill Shank.

"We thought we'd just come out for a good breakfast to get us started for the day," Cindy Shank said, as a sober and syrup-faced Caleb purposefully downed his pancakes.

She said Caleb is an especially big fan of pancakes - or "cake-cakes," as he calls them.

In addition to serving breakfast, Lions Club members carried on their customary sale of brooms, and collected used eyeglasses to be recycled through the Lions Clubs International project to serve as a vision resource for individuals in need.

Rod Reed, 71, a Longmeadow Lions Club member, said the group expected to bring in about $1,000 from the fund-raising event. He said proceeds would benefit a variety of community projects and local agencies, including financial assistance to individuals for vision exams and eyeglasses and a monetary donation to The Salvation Army.

Reed said the club is in the planning phase of an effort to provide free vision screening to local preschool children. The first community group to benefit will be First Christian Church's MOPS - Mothers of Preschool Children.

Rod Timmons, 48, of Myersville, Md., Lions Club Maryland District 22-W Region II chairman, said the Longmeadow group also is involved in a project to provide financial assistance for hearing aids to people in the local area.

Reed said the Longmeadow Lions Club meets at 6:30 p.m. the second and fourth Thursdays of each month at Antietam Family Restaurant at Fountain Head Plaza. Interested parties are welcome to attend.

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