Written by John Plestina
First Pancake Breakfast
Wolf Point Lions Club members prepare the first annual Pancake Feast in the Elks Club in May 1958. Pictured are Lions: (from left to right) Art Zervas, manager of Buttrey Foods (now Albertson’s); Bob Hovey, owner of Hovey Stone Chevrolet (now High Plains Motors); optometrist Ralph Sorensen; and Riley Ostby, owner of Servisoft, a water delivery service. (Herald-News File Photo)
When the Wolf Point Lions Club held the first annual pancake breakfast in May 1958, a local tradition began of raising money for the good of the community while giving a few hundred people a great breakfast.
Now that the 57th annual Pancake Day is approaches, the current Lions Club members have the same goal as their predecessors in 1958, to raise money for the community from the annual major
Volunteers from the Lions Club cook, serve and clean up.
The longtime breakfast fundraiser has been held in the Elks Club most years. Trinity Lutheran Church hosted it for a few years.
“We’ve had from 250 to 450 people (turn out for the breakfasts),” Lion Jerald Petersen said.
“On average, after expenses, we make $1,000 to $1,500, depending on the year,” he said.
The proceeds help fund several programs the Lions fund, including two $500 scholarships for the male and female Wolf Point High School graduates with grade point averages behind the valedictorian and salutatorian.
The Lions have also helped fund youth baseball and soccer programs, the Lord’s Table soup kitchen program, vision and hearing programs.
“We recently donated $500 to Pound Puppies. We’ve helped the museum, the volunteer fire department and bought the Lowry Display Case at the high school,” Lion Gary Johnson said.
This year’s breakfast will be held at the Wolf Point Elks Club, Saturday, May 3, from 6 to 11:30 a.m. Tickets are available from any Wolf Point Lion.