Newton Lions Club’s 63rd Annual Pancake Day will be Tuesday.

What: The Newton Lions Club’s 63rd Annual Pancake Day

When: 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Newton Activity Center at West Fifth and Poplar streets.

Tickets: $6 for adults and $4 for youths 12 and younger for all the pancakes you can eat plus sausage, orange juice and coffee. There will be milk for the youth.

Fun fact: The Lions Club Pancake Day tradition began in the fall of 1948.

Why: Proceeds go to the Lions’ activity fund, which helps fund such things as bringing the Kansas Lions Mobile Screening Unit to the Community Health Fair to give health screenings.
Screenings for blood sugar, blood pressure, hearing, vision acuity and field of vision are offered, and 310 people registered to get screenings when the unit came to Newton this year.
In 2009-2010, the Lions Club activity fund gave grants to Harvey County United Way, Harvest of Love, Meals on Wheels, THUMC Respite Care, Harvey County Domestic Violence/Safe House, Harvey County Health Ministries, Newton Community Children’s Choir, Newton High School After-Graduation Party, Newton Recreation Commission Youth Activities, Peace Connections, Kansas Lions Band, eyeglass examinations and donations, KU Audio Reader, Newton Middle School Peace Poster Project and Lions Campaign Sight First II.
“The Lions Club Pancake Day tradition began in the fall of 1948. We have served pancakes in the Hotel Ripley, the Sunflower Café, Leonida’s Restaurant and many other historical Newton eating locations,” said Vic Daily, Pancake Day chairman. “Today, the Newton Activity Center offers a spacious location with parking and has been a favorite of pancake eaters for many years.”
This year, Lion Pat Kirkpatrick has taken all the grills to his shop for reconditioning and cleaning.
Lion Dan Heinze, Pancake Day ticket chairman, has issued a challenge to the local club: He will shave the head of Lion President Brian Donley if tickets sales break the all-time record. Donley said the profit would have to exceed $8,000.
Tickets can be purchased from any Lion or at the door.