Lions Pancake Breakfast slated for Saturday
The annual tradition of the Nevada Lions Club Fall Pancake Day returns Saturday, Oct. 12, at St. Mary's Church Fellowship Hall, located at 330 N. Main St., with the event beginning at 7 a.m. and going until 11 a.m.
This serves as a key fundraiser for the Lions, who contribute to local commmunity projects and activities, including: Soccer Team Sponsor, United Way, Nursing Homes-Christmas, Vernon County Senior Center, Osage Prairie YMCA Youth Programs, Vernon County Special Olympics, Softball Team Sponsor, Chamber of Commerce, Bushwhacker Days, Nevada High School Scholarship, Children's Eye Care, Adult Eye Care, Youth Fair, Vernon County Cancer Relief, Moore-Few Care Center, Community Food Pantry, Friends of the Youth Fair, St. Mary's School, Children's Center, Backpacks of Love, Eyeglass Recycling, and Moss House for Battered Women.
The Nevada Lions Club also contributes to international/national service projects, including: Lions Club International Foundation (Melvin Jones), Saving Sight, Leader Dog, Mid-South Lions, Lions World Services, and Diabetes Awareness (local).
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 1970 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 the 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. Proceeds of the silent auction will go to support the local "Back Packs of Love Program."
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 Walmart 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.