Hard to believe, but this year marks the 51st annual Lions pancake breakfast! Starting out in 1964 as a Father’s Day fundraiser, by 1966 it had become a Mother’s Day event supported by the entire community.
Cost for the 1974 breakfast was the princely sum of $5 for the whole family! Also that year inmates from the Agassiz Correctional Camp flipped pancakes and turned sausages for the Lions. We really got everyone involved!
By 1980, the annual breakfast became a “by donation” fundraiser. That tradition has continued through to today. In 1983, the Lions served breakfast to 350 people. We hope to do better this year! Sight First was the recipient of $725 from the 1996 breakfast. The 2005 breakfast saw $1,000 donated to the CNIB.
And what have we done with these and other funds raised through the years? You have helped our Lions Club financially support the Aquanauts (recipients of this year’s donations), the Agassiz Ag Association to improve the fairgrounds and its buildings, Kent-Harrison Search and Rescue, the AESS school band, various projects benefitting both the Sts’ailes and Seabird Island bands, the Agassiz Fire department, and more.
Treat Mom and help us help our community. Join us on Mother’s Day from 7 to 11 a.m. at the Legion here in Agassiz. On the menu, a hearty helping of real scrambled eggs, sausage, and fresh-that-morning home-made pancakes! Seconds too if you have the room! You’ll find a warm welcome and friendly service from members of our Aquanauts swim team, the Agassiz Scouts and Cubs, as well as from our Lions. And, in keeping with tradition, cost is by donation.
See you there Agassiz!
– Lions Club