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Lions annual breakfast boosts sight program

Published 12:07am Sunday, October 20, 2013

CHESAPEAKE — Rick Slack has a simple technique for flipping pancakes at the annual Lions Club pancake breakfast.

“I just make sure I don’t burn them,” Slack said.

Each year Slack and other members of the Chesapeake, Rome Township, Proctorville Lions Club spend four hours on a Saturday morning cooking up 30 boxes of pancake batter and 1,000 pieces of sausage for about 250 hungry breakfasters.

For the past 12 years the Lions Club has held the breakfast on the Saturday before the November general election day.

“We have a good time and always enjoy it,” Slack said. “It gives politicians the chance to come and mingle with the voters.”

Proceeds from the breakfast go to the club’s sight program that provides free eyeglasses and exams for those in need in the Proctorville and Chesapeake area. On average between 15 to 20 individuals are helped by the program.

“Families usually call me,” Slack said. “I screen them to make sure an eye exam or glasses are not covered under (their insurance). If they have no insurance, typically we help them. It has been a good thing. Over the years we have helped a lot of people.”

Organizing the breakfast this time is Chesapeake Mayor Dick Gilpin.

“It is fun and it gives us an opportunity to work together as a group other than at a meeting,” Gilpin said. “You get to visit with people around the community and have breakfast with them in an informal atmosphere.”

Chesapeake, Rome Township, Proctorville Lions Club breakfast will be from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at Chesapeake Elementary School. Tickets are $5 and are available at the door.


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