, Muskogee, OK

March 1, 2014

Lions' Pancake Day Wednesday

— Muskogee Noon Lions Club members will be flipping pancakes from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at Muskogee Civic Center arena for the 50th annual Pancake Day.

Dr. Richard Creed, president of the club, said the “Pride in Oklahoma Breakfast” features products made in Oklahoma like pancakes made with mix from Shawnee Mills spread with butter from Hiland Dairy and drizzled in Griffin’s Syrup served with a side of Blue and Gold Sausage.

Love Bottling will provide the drinks and Sadler Paper Co. is donating paper goods. There are many other organizations and businesses donating supplies and funds. Cost is $5 for all you can eat.

There is no overhead because everything is donated, Creed said. Some years, the club has made more than $8,000 serving about 800 people.

The Muskogee Noon Lions Club is in its 98th year. It’s one of the founding clubs, which are service clubs founded in 1917 with a motto of “We Serve.”

It’s focus is on helping the community especially those who are blind or visually impaired.

A scholarship is given to Hilldale and Muskogee High School students.

The breakfast is held in conjunction with the Muskogee County Livestock Show held at Muskogee Fairgrounds. The breakfast was held at the 4-H Building on the fairgrounds but moved back to the civic center last year to reach the downtown crowd.

Families have been bringing their children and grandchildren for years. Some come before school and work while others enjoy pancakes and sausage for lunch.

Members bring their own grills. Pancake batter is mixed in 5-gallon buckets with a drill instead of a mixer. Big Sheetrock paddles are used to stir the batter.

Then it’s on to the flippers _ the members who cook the pancakes and sausage, like Creed.

The money provides 30 pairs of glasses, lenses and exams for those in need a year.

People go through the Department of Human Services, and based on need and income, are referred to Creed Eye Center. Creed donates his time for the exam.

Creed, who has been a Noon Lions Club member since 1991, is glad he can make a difference in people’s lives through improving their vision. He recently helped a man in his 50s who needed glasses to start a new job and a battered woman staying in a shelter.

Parkview School receives $3,500 for their budget for children to do things like take a trip to NASA or for the wrestling team to travel. Parkview students will help serve at Pancake Day. Noon Lions Club helps 4-H Club by purchasing ribbons for the fair and other projects.

If you go

WHAT: Muskogee Noon Lions Club 50th annual Pancake Day.

WHEN: 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday.

WHERE: Muskogee Civic Center arena.

PROCEEDS: Benefit those in need of eye exams and glasses, Parkview School, Muskogee County 4-H Club, scholarships for Parkview, Muskogee and Hilldale students, and several other non-profit organizations like Ark of Faith and the Kelly B. Todd Cerebral Palsy and Neuromuscular Center.

COST: $5 for all you can eat with tickets available from any Noon Lions Club members or at the door.