March 30, 2008
On Hatteberg’s People, tonight we look at people and pancakes as the 50th Anniversary of the Lion’s Club Pancake Feed returns next week. The pancake feed is part of Wichita history for the past five decades…and some of the people involved all those years are hoping you taste some of those flapjacks…because the money goes to help an awful lot of people.
Claude Devorss, Gene Rogers, Bob McCune and George Short have nearly 200 years of pancake experience between them.
(George Short) “You can never get tired of pancakes.”
Every year it gets more difficult for the Wichita Lion’s Club to put on their pancake feed. Part of the reason for that is that like many service clubs…their membership is skewing older. But through the years, those who have loved it and lived it say the pancake feed is part of their life.
(Gene Rogers) “I was chairman of the first pancake day. As I tell people that is my chief claim to fame.”
50 years ago, Well known Wichitian Claude Devorss was there 50 years ago too…for him it was a chance to be with Wichita’s movers and shakers.
(Claude DeVorss) “You would meet some of the important people of Wichita. And I tell you it is something you will never forget, even as we move forward now to different years.”
Fifty different years to be exact with many of them here at Century II. We forget that Wichita’s service clubs do more than just have meetings – they have a purpose. Bob McCune is a one-man promotion department for the Lion’s pancake day…he’s been doing it 47 years and the question is why.
(Bob McCune) “Well, one these days they say I’m going to get it right.”
But the reason all these guys do it….becomes obvious. They do it because flipping these pancakes…ends up helping people all over the world.
“It affects so many people who you don’t see. We go all over the world-wide with some of our contributions from Pancake Day. Well, a lot of them to YMCA, some go to South America, we send thousands of glasses to South America. We do reading in our public schools. We have so many programs for the blind. We’ve done over a million cataract operations.”
So on Thursday; remember it’s not just pancakes….it’s people helping people and for those who have worked it for 50 years it’s even more.
“It’s a part of my life.”
“You feel like you are really contributing to the community.”
“It obviously was the beginning of a great thing.”
“There you are.”
Larry's Note: The historic 50th Anniversary Lion’s Club Pancake and Sausage event takes place this Thursday at Century Two from 7: 00 a.m. to 8 p.m. A thirteen hour feed.