Harriman Lions plan World’s Greatest Pancake Breakfast

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There is something in the Southern character that seeks good food and fellowship in roughly equal portions.

Harriman Lions Club will provide both this weekend during its fundraiser, The World’s Greatest Pancake Breakfast.

The breakfast will be from 7 to 11:30 a.m. May 26 in Harriman Diner on Roane Street.

The Lions’ master pancake chefs have been tweaking their secret recipe “to provide you with the best, lightest, most delicious pancakes you will ever taste,” promised Dr. Joe Williams, chairman of this year’s event. “Rashers of bacon and sausage are sides.”

Lions Club members are selling tickets to the event. Tickets are $6 for adults, $4 for children younger than 8.

Funds collected at the pancake breakfast go toward providing eye examinations and glasses for those who otherwise can't afford them.

“Chances are good that the Lions have helped some of your friends, neighbors and family who have fallen on hard times,” Williams said. “The need for this service has never been greater, but we can only provide glasses if we have the funds to pay for them.”

In addition to providing glasses, The Harriman Lions Club has just purchased a sophisticated and expensive digital eye camera.

“We use this camera to screen children in the Roane County public schools and all Head Start students for eye problems,” Williams said.

“If a child cannot see, they will be hopelessly handicapped in school. If not caught in the first year or two of school, a pattern of failure is established and is very difficult to reverse,” he added.

“These screenings have the potential to change a child’s life for the better.”

The Lions provide this service free of charge.

“Come and have some pancakes with us,” Williams urged. “You will be helping your community in a most satisfying way.”

Harriman Lions also award the Walter Branum Memorial Scholarship to a Harriman High School senior to help with college expenses.

This annual scholarship was established by the Branum family. It is administered by the Harriman Lions and Harriman High staff exclusively to students that really need the help, a niche that is usually ignored by conventional scholarships.

“Help the Lions by purchasing a ticket to the World’s Greatest Pancake Breakfast,” Williams added. “The food is good, the company better, and you will be helping our community at the same time.”