RED OAK The Red Oak Lions Club was open for business Saturday morning as members dished up stacks of pancakes and sausage with plenty of hot coffee to scores of Red Oak residents and even some that drove quite a distance.

Bob and Ann Bower, who relocated to the Killeen suburb of Harker Heights, still make it a practice to drive the 150-mile distance to participate in the Red Oak Lions Club breakfast.

We like to drive down every now and then to check on people here and make sure theyre behaving, Ann said with a grin. Its about a 2-hour drive and Bob is a member at large here at the Red Oak club.

Local Lions Club treasurer Don Newman did double duty not only serving as cashier, but also as the greeter and he gave reports to patrons as to the participation.

Its a little slow right now, he told one lady as she gave him her money. It was pretty busy from about 7:30 9 a.m. but so far its been a little slow.

Proceeds from the event, which is held eight times a year during school months, is disbursed throughout all Lions Club charities including local and international charities.

We give to Ellis County Outreach, Red Oak Education Foundation, Salvation Army and we give a $100 savings bond to a fourth-grade student of the month, he said. We just recently had our chili supper, which was to raise funds for the Red Oak Education Foundation.

Melanie Peterson, president of the Red Oak Lions Club, told how she became involved.

I grew up here in Red Oak and I used to do stories for a local newspaper and one of my jobs was to cover the events of the Lions Club, she said. I thought it was really awesome and in a couple of months I decided to join.

She noted that the Red Oak Lions Club was the only civic organization in town other than the Ellis County Outreach.

We try to help whenever and wherever we can if there is anybody with a need we do what we can to help, she said.

ROISD students volunteered in the kitchen and waited tables.

Contact Paul at paul.gauntt@wninews.com or 469-517-1450.