The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

January 2, 2013

Carl Junction Lions Club starts tradition with monthly breakfast

By Ryan Richardson

CARL JUNCTION, Mo. — Saturday will mark a new tradition for the Carl Junction Lions Club when it holds its first monthly community breakfast at the Carl Junction Community Center.

Dave Harris, a member of the Lions Club board, on Wednesday said the club wanted to move toward monthly community events in an effort to increase public visibility and to raise money for community projects, including annual scholarships to local high school seniors.

“We had hosted a quarterly community breakfast before, and we were averaging about 80 attendees each time,” Harris said. “If we can make this a community event each month, we hope that attendance goes up.”

Harris said the club plans to hold the breakfast on the first Saturday of each month.

“If this becomes a hit, we can continue to expand our programs throughout the area,” he said. “We offer two $500 scholarships to local high school seniors, and we host hearing and vision screenings in the schools. We would always like to do more, as much as possible.”

The Carl Junction chapter of the Lions Club is relatively young, having been chartered in 2004. Harris said members have become optimistic about their role in Carl Junction.

“We have continued to grow locally, and that has allowed us to provide more services in the area,” he said. “If the first eight years are any indication about our potential for community outreach, then our next decade will be great for us.”

When and where

THE CARL JUNCTION LIONS CLUB breakfast will take place from 7 to 10 a.m. Saturday at the Carl Junction Community Center, 303 N. Main St. Scrambled eggs, biscuits and gravy, pancakes, sausage and coffee will be served. The cost is $7 for adults and $3 for children under 6. Carryout orders will be available.