The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

January 5, 2013

Carl Junction Lions start new breakfast tradition

By Ryan Richardson
Globe Staff Writer

CARL JUNCTION, Mo. — A new tradition for the Carl Junction Lions Club kicked off Saturday morning as members of the group served up breakfast for the community. It was the first of the club’s monthly community breakfasts planned at the Carl Junction Community Center, 303 N. Main St.

Nearly 90 community residents showed up — a pleasant surprise for Lions Club board member Dave Harris. He figured the inaugural event would be smaller, but he was happy with the results.

“We thought that we might run out of food if the stream of people keep coming in like they have,” Harris said. “But that’s one of the really good problems to have, because we can always go out and get more food. This many people coming out tells us that this could be a great success as far as a community event goes. The sky is the limit if this keeps growing.”

The idea for the monthly community breakfast grew out of a vacancy left when the Carl Junction Senior Center stopped its monthly breakfast last year. The Lions Club had previously held a quarterly breakfast, but decided to seize the opportunity and go monthly.

“We’ve already had an excellent response from everyone telling us that they looked forward to this event,” Harris said. “That’s the main reason we wanted to do this, to get everyone in the community involved and attending.”

Carl Junction Chamber of Commerce President Gary Stubblefield was on hand.

“This can really become a community event, and you could see that in the people who came out today,” Stubblefield said. “You have police officers, firemen, community members on over to normal everyday people here all sharing time together. That’s the kind of thing that makes a community shine a little brighter.”

Dixie Asbell and her husband, Dom, showed up for breakfast.

“It’s wonderful to see this tradition coming back with an expanded menu,” Dixie said. “Something as simple as a breakfast can really bring focus back to the community.”

The Lions Club plans on holding its monthly breakfast on the first Saturday of each month.

“We just want to keep the excitement growing in the community,” Harris said.

Club’s service work

Proceeds from the Carl Junction Lions Club breakfasts will help sponsor the club’s activities in the community, including scholarships and hearing and vision testing in local schools. The cost of the breakfast is $7 for adults and $3 for children under the age of 6.