Bowling Green Noon Lions Club hosts annual Pancake Day

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – The Bowling Green Noon Lions Club has worked to serve this community for the past 89 years.

Sixty-nine of the those years have been used to host their annual pancake day.

On Tuesday at Presbyterian Church in downtown Bowling Green, thousands of pancakes, flapjacks, and hot cakes were flipped and served to individuals who stopped in for a quick meal – one that has a very special purpose.

“This is our 69th annual pancake day, so we’ve got a lot of experience, a lot of lions that have served many years,” said Sam Kirtley III, a member of the Bowling Green Noon Lions Club. “Most of the time things go off really well. We just look forward to this day each and every February.”

The club has hosted this event every February since 1950, and for just $6, patrons received all-you-can-eat pancakes, as well as sausage or bacon, and coffee or milk.

All of the money raised from the event is the used towards providing glasses to children and adults in need.

“Our primary focus of the Lions Club is collecting eyeglasses and providing new eyeglasses to children and adults that can’t afford them in Warren County,” Kirtley III said.

The Lions Club, in addition to serving up pancakes off the griddle, collected used eyeglasses.

Putting on a yearly event like this couldn’t be possible without the hard work of all the members of the club.

“Usually about 20 lions are here throughout the day,” said Kirtley III. “They roll up their sleeves and we put on a smile and we just love to see our patrons come back each and every year.”

For Kirtley III, being a lion is in his blood. He’s a third generation lion like his father and grandfather before him, which is a big reason why he said giving back to this community is the driving force behind why the Lions Club hosts events like Pancake Day year after year.

“Helping others that are a little less fortunate or in need,” Kirtley III said. “That’s what it’s all about is helping civic organizations helping others through eyesight conservation and so forth.”

It’s quite a long ten hour day for all involved, but every second spent and every pancake flipped is well worth it to raise money for people in need of quality eyewear.

“Our best year ever was about $14,000 in one day,” said Kirtley III. “That’s a lot of pancakes!”

The Lions Club is already looking forward to next year’s event.