Lions Club Annual Pancake Supper Falls On National Pancake Day

Over the years the way they make the sausage, eggs, and pancakes has changed with the times but Lions Club Members still have fun doing it.

NEW HAVEN, Mo. - The New Haven Lions Club held their Annual Pancake Supper earlier this evening.  Ironically today also happens to be National Pancake Day and Fat Tuesday, both with a significant history and their relation to Easter.

Tonight an estimated 300 people were served approximately 1500 pancakes, 60 pounds of sausage, and 90 pounds of eggs.  While the tradition of having the pancake supper on Fat Tuesday has remained the same several things have changed over the years.

For example “back in the day” Bill Quick said, “Our wives would start frying the sausage at 8 a.m. in the morning and we had to crack open every egg by hand.”

The pancakes may not be homemade but are still handmade and personally I thought the pancakes, eggs, and sausage made quite a delicious meal

People lined up waiting for pancakes.

The million dollar question that no one could give a definitive answer too was, how many years has the Lions Club been doing the pancake super.

I started in the kitchen where most of the older gentleman were “cooking” asking them.  First someone said at least 20 years, and then it was 30 years until another person suggested asking someone else.

I knew just the person to go to, Al Wehrle.  I was almost 100% sure he would be able to give an exact number.  Al wasn’t able to give a specific date, but he was able to narrow it down to a pretty good estimate, much better information the guys or gals in the back cooking.

The Lions Club Pancake Supper has been held at the same place, (St. Peter’s UCC basement) on the same day in March for nearly 50 years.  The one question I did forget to ask is how old are the tickets?  If you have been to the pancake supper you are probably thinking the same thing I am… Old!

History behind National Pancake Day according to wikipedia.

Shrove Tuesday (widely known as Pancake Day) is a day in February or March, preceding Ash Wednesday (the first day of Lent), which is celebrated in many countries by consuming pancakes.

Shrove Tuesday, a moveable feast, is determined by Easter. The expression "Shrove Tuesday" comes from the word shrive, meaning “confess".

Shrove Tuesday is observed by many Christians, including Anglicans, Lutherans, Methodists and Roman Catholics, who "make a special point of self-examination, of considering what wrongs they need to repent, and what amendments of life or areas of spiritual growth they especially need to ask God's help in dealing with.”