Believed to be the longest continuously held fundraiser in the city, the Booneville Lions Club held it’s 64th annual all you can eat pancake breakfast Saturday morning at the Booneville Community Center.
This year’s event was held on its traditional first Saturday in December date — it was delayed only once, in 2013, due to an ice storm — included visits from political candidates and had local high school students working as waitstaff.
The breakfast is the club’s primary fundraiser each year serving all one could eat pancakes and sausage to about 250 each year.
Funds from the event are used to help provide eye examinations and eyeglasses for the needy, though, longtime club member Jim Rodatz says through advent of so-called Obamacare, has reduced need.
Consequently in recent years the club has also used funds to help the local Boys & Girls Club and with cataract surgery or other needs.
A member since 1976, Rodatz said the club may be looking at diabetic needs in the future as the health issue has become a project for state Lions officials. The club may schedule an open forum with a speaker in 2019 he said.
Rodatz, who has served ever local office except secretary, as well as zone and regional chairmanships, said the club has about 14 members and it meets at 6 p.m., in the community center, on the first and third Mondays of each month.
New members are welcome, Rodatz said.