Coal Grove breakfast decades-old tradition
COAL GROVE — Coal Grove Lions Club president Don Malone proudly showed off his specialty, a pancake in the shape of everyone’s favorite mouse — Mickey.
“You make a circle for the face and then you dribble the ears and then you hold your breath while you flip it,” Malone said.
Malone and fellow club member Jon Ferguson were the chief cooks for Saturday’s pancake breakfast that the club has put on for at least the past 40 years.
The secret of their success as flapjack makers is repetition, Ferguson said.
“We’ve been making 16 at a time for the last two hours going just as fast as we can go,” Ferguson said.
Tom Carey, who gave up the leadership reins of the club last year, was manning the coffee pot, filling up the cups of the diners who came to Dawson-Bryant High School to feast on pancakes, sausage and orange juice and coffee. Taking a break from his duties, Carey said he was happy to report that morning the club’s roster grew.
“We got three new members today,” Carey said. “The people came in and started having a good time and they wanted to stay.”
Also helping out were members of Boy Scout Troop 103 from Deering and the teens in the newly formed Leo Club.
“That is an avenue for teens to acquire community service,” Malone said. “Anyone going to college needs to have community service.”
Proceeds from the breakfast go to the various club projects ranging from the Lions Club mission to help those with sight deficiencies whether it is free eye exams or a guide dog to aiding those facing other needs.
“Everything we make goes back to the community,” Carey said. “That means Lawrence County. It can be for people in need of any kind.”