Lions Club Pancake Breakfast Saturday

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Nevada Daily Mail

The semi-annual tradition of the Nevada Lions Club pancake day returns Saturday, Oct. 11, at St. Mary's School, located at 330 N. Main, with the event beginning at 7 and going until 11:30 a.m.

This serves as a key fundraiser for the Lions, who contribute to the Vernon County Senior Center, the Teen Angels Christmas program, the nursing home Christmas outreach, sponsor a local softball team and a Nevada High School scholarship, as well as contribute to the Vernon County Youth Fair, Vernon County Cancer Relief, Moore-Few Care Center, the Community Food Pantry, Brown Bags of Love (backpacks of food for school children) and the Moss House for Battered Women.

Lions take part in the annual Man Up awareness event to eliminate domestic violence and participate in the Healthy Nevada strength in numbers program.

Historically, the Nevada Lions Club, founded in 1924, has seen many community leaders among its members and the tradition continues with today's members. Although Lions Clubs began as a male only group, women have been full members since the 1970s and today's Nevada Lions club has many women members, including those in leadership positions.

The semi-annual pancake breakfast is a long-standing tradition with the Nevada Lions, who greet friends, family and fellow community members with the pancake breakfast.

It also provides a chance for community members to catch up with seldom seen friends. It isn't unusual to see a family come in, get their breakfast and sit down with one group, then move on to a second or third.

A silent auction will be held at the same time as the breakfast, with items donated by local businesses and community members. Items can be viewed and bid on during the meal and picked up afterwards.

The club also collects used eyeglasses that are used to provide people in under-served areas in third world countries with corrective lenses. Collected eyeglasses are sorted at recycling centers, cleaned and packaged according to prescription, and then delivered by mission teams to people in need.

The Nevada Lions have collected thousands of pairs of eyeglasses over the years with Lion Ron Schowengerdt chairing the local effort. Collection points include a drop box on the north side of the Wal-Mart parking lot as well as boxes located in various businesses around town.

Community members are encouraged to donate their old glasses at the breakfast or at one of the locations around town.

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