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Lions mix business with hot pancakes

Team up with Chamber at expo in Pa.

Team up with Chamber at expo in Pa.

February 18, 2007|by KATE S. ALEXANDER

WAYNESBORO, PA. - With hot pancakes still rolling out of the Waynesboro Area Senior High School kitchen on Saturday morning, organizers of the annual Business Expo and Lions Club Pancake Breakfast already knew the day was a success.

"Last year, we had about a thousand people come. I think we have had more this year," said Marty Schorn, event chairman and club secretary.

"We definitely have as many people this year, and I think more," said Carlene Willhide, membership manager for the Greater Waynesboro Chamber of Commerce.

For at least 40 years, the Waynesboro Lions Club has hosted the breakfast to raise money for club activities and community service projects.

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For the last 11 years, the Chamber of Commerce has coordinated with the breakfast and hosted a Business Expo the same day, Willhide said.

Schorn said about 30 club members prepared and served the pancake, sausage and pudding breakfast with the help of about a dozen members of the Waynesboro Lioness Club.

By midmorning, Schorn was confident that last year's pancake shortage would not be repeated.

"We ran out last year, but the Hagerstown Lions Club loaned us a grill for today, and we have prepared for more people," he said.

Schorn said the club purchased 230 pounds of pancake mix, 450 pounds of sausage and 130 pounds of pudding. He also anticipated the group to make a profit of about $3,000 from the event.

While Schorn monitored pancake production, Willhide greeted people as they came to the expo.

The organizer of the expo, Willhide said she was concerned icy weather would keep people home, but with a glance around the high school gym, she said, "The weather didn't keep many people home."

The expo featured displays, contests and giveaways from 47 local businesses, and for the second year, partnered with the senior fair, hosted by the local state representative.

State Rep. Todd Rock, R-Franklin, continued the fair started by his predecessor, Pat Fleagle, as a way to provide local seniors with access to important information.

"People have come to expect the senior fair as a way to get good information," Rock said. "There are many health-related vendors here including the Franklin County Area Association on Aging."

Hans Bader, who works for Rock, said the expo and fair had grown substantially for 2007.

"Last year, this was only half of the gym," Bader said. "This year, we are using the whole thing."

Both Willhide and Rock already were beginning to plan for the next business expo.

"I hope to double what we have done," Rock said. "This year, we had about a dozen vendors."

The pancake breakfast, expo and senior fair are held each February.

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