St. Francis Lions and Lioness clubs host pancake breakfast

For over 30 years, the St. Francis Lions and Lioness clubs have hosted a pancake breakfast at the St. Francis American Legion Post 622.

(From left, going clockwise) Jennifer Marin; Adrianna Marin, 3; Gage Dahlman, 5; Isabella Marin, 6; Allison Holen; Dylan Zelmmer, 4; and Alex Marin, 7. They are from St. Francis. Photo by Eric Hagen

(From left, going clockwise) Jennifer Marin; Adrianna Marin, 3; Gage Dahlman, 5; Isabella Marin, 6; Allison Holen; Dylan Zelmmer, 4; and Alex Marin, 7. They are from St. Francis. Photo by Eric Hagen

St. Francis Lioness member Marolyn Baumann said there wasn’t anything for families to do when they started this event between 30 and 35 years ago. There were plenty of things to attract families to this event Saturday. There were pancakes, Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus, and presents being given away to kids.

Cheryl Eldstrom, president of the St. Francis Lioness Club, said her favorite part of this event is “seeing the kids’ reactions and excitement.”

With this event having gone on for some many years, many generations have gone to the St. Francis American Legion for one morning every December.

Eldstrom brought her kids when they were little. Now she has a one-and-a-half year-old granddaughter, Ava Eldstrom, who came to the pancake breakfast for the first time this year.

Sara Torgerson began helping her mother Illa Torgerson make pancakes at this event when she was six years old. Now Sara is grown up and still helps out her mother every year in the Legion’s kitchen.

Sandi Hanson has handed out presents to the kids for the past four years with the help of her grandchildren Sydney Regan, 10, and Jacob Regan, 8.

Every child who comes to the pancake breakfast gets a ticket, which is placed in a random drawing to determine who wins a prize. The wrapped presents are marked with a tag to distinguish whether the present is appropriate for a boy or girl and the age range.

Hanson said stores give discounts for the purchased gifts, and the money to buy them comes from fund-raisers held throughout the year.

Eric Hagen is at eric.hagen@ecm-inc.com

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