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Citizen's View: Lions Club will be flipping flapjacks on the Fourth of July

SUBMITTED PHOTO - You never know who youll neet at the Lake Oswego Lions Clubs 4th of July pancake breakfast. “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen, nor touched ... but are felt in the heart.”

— Helen Keller

This has been a wonderful, and early, spring.  We were in our gardens earlier, and for me, that gets me excited for summer, because we can finally sit outside and enjoy the blooms we’ve been nurturing and get busy doing all the summer activities we love so well.

The Lake Oswego Lions are certainly getting busy, as there are many things to do to get ready for our annual 4th of July Pancake Breakfast.  In case you are new in town, the Lake Oswego Lions Club has been hosting the breakfast for 66 years!

Every year, we obtain the permits, order the food, ask the Lakeridge Pacer Baseball Team to help us ready the picnic tables and benches, set everything up the day before the breakfast, and all the other things on our lists to make the breakfast a success.  After all, this is our biggest fundraiser for the many charities we support throughout the year.

Boy Scout leader John Foy, who is encouraging his Scouts to do public-service projects, supervised and helped Scout Kyle Lantow and fellow Scouts build 30 new sawhorses for the tables this year.  They look terrific, and we are so grateful!

John Foy also helped on another special project for us. Kevin Miles, an Eagle Scout candidate, contacted us through John this winter and asked if we had a project he could do as part of earning his Eagle badge. We asked that he rehab our utility trailer, which holds all of our gear for the breakfast and other activities we cook for, such as the August Heritage Society Auto Show and the Downs Syndrome Buddy Walk in September.

The trailer was in really bad shape after many years of use, so Kevin, his Scout leader and father Steve Miles, his fellow Scouts (and their dads) and John refurbished the trailer inside and out so that it now looks brand new and is no longer in danger of falling apart.  We are so pleased and happy with their work, and can’t thank them enough.

Part of our enjoyment in putting on the pancake breakfast, aside from the fun we have cooking and serving with other Lions, is seeing your smiling faces as you greet family, friends and neighbors.  Some of you tell us you might not see a friend for a year and that the breakfast is a way to catch up with each other.  We are looking forward to seeing you all this year.

Remember, we’re at George Rogers Park from 8 a.m. until we run out of food (usually around 1 p.m.).  The cost is $8 for adults and $6 for children under 12.

As always, we can’t do debit or credit cards, and your exact change is appreciated.

Hope to see you there!

Denise Gordon is a Lake Oswego resident and past president of the Lake Oswego Lions Club.

IF YOU GO

What: Lake Oswego Lions Club 4th of July Pancake Breakfast

When: Saturday, July 4

Hours: 8 a.m. until the food runs out

Where: George Rogers Park, 611 S. State St. in Lake Oswego

Cost: $8 for adults, $6 for children under 12. Only cash will be accepted; no credit or debit cards

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