The Carlisle Lions Club held its annual pancake supper and auction on Monday night in the Elementary Cafeteria.
An estimated 250 hungry patrons flocked to the cafeteria for a breakfast dinner of pancakes, sausage and bacon. A silent auction was set up for those who would like to silently bid on items as well as a live auction. The club raised over $1,000 on the dinner alone, $5,200 on the silent and live auction, plus received about $600 in donations, bringing their overall profits to an estimated $6,800.
"It [the supper and auction] was great," Lions Club President Keith Woodall said. "I thought it was a big success. Last year, I believe we made under $5,000."
Also during the dinner, awards were given to two citizens of the year, a Lions Club member and a check was presented to the school on behalf of the club.
Club member Eric Frank received the Lions Club award. According to Woodall, the award is give to a club member for their service to the community.
"He [Frank] is the police chief and a boy scout leader," Woodall said. "He is involved in everything. He is very deserving of it."
Bill Ricks and Chloe Cunningham were recognized as citizens of the year for their continuing effort in keeping boy scouts in Carlisle going. The club is a charter partner for the Carlisle Boy Scouts Troop 101.
"I appreciate the time they put it," Woodall said. "It’s nice to know people will volunteer their time to do stuff."
Jason Clark was presented with a check on behalf of the club for $2,516.22 for the athletic fund. Woodall said each year the club splits the concession stand profits from the junior and high school football games, with the school for the athletic department.
Since the late 70’s, the Lions Club has hosted the pancake supper to help fund many club projects. Along with selling soft drinks and candy in the concession stand at school football games, all proceeds made from the club fundraisers are used on many local community projects and to support Lion functions across Arkansas and around the globe.
While the club has made contributions to organizations state, nationally and internationally, some of the ways the club has served the locally include:
Donating $1,000 to the Carlisle School District to purchase special equipment to help improve the learning ability of the visually impaired students.
• Purchasing a new scoreboard for Rockefeller Park.
• Purchasing two scoreboards for the high school gymnasium.
• Sponsoring a Carlisle student delegate to Arkansas Boys State.
• Supporting the Carlisle Library Reading Program
• Supporting the Wade Knox Advocacy Center, CASA of Lonoke County, Lonoke Safe Haven and several other local organizations
• Donated funds to the Carlisle Chamber of Commerce to purchase an electronic sign for the Civic Center
• Donated $10,000 toward the Carlisle Senior Citizens Center
• Purchased a new $3,000 eye testing machine for Carlisle Elementary School
• Donated close to $22,000 to the Carlisle High School athletic fund over the past six years.
The Lions Club is one of the largest charitable organizations in the world made up of over 1.3 million members in 205 countries who primary mission is to be "Knights for the Blind." The club strives to held meet the needs of the sight impaired, to provide disaster relief and to provide help for those who are in need in the communities in which they serve. "We Serve" is the Lions motto.
The Carlisle Lions Club meet the second and fourth Monday of each month. Members gather at 6:30 p.m. for dinner at Pizza-N-More and proceed to the BancorpSouth Community Room at 7 p.m. for the club meeting. Anyone interested in becoming a Carlisle Lions Club member is invited to attend.