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Want to Help Chino Valley? Eat Pancakes
Morning Lions turn money from annual breakfast into acts of charity

Donna McBroom, the nurse at Territorial Early Childhood Center, stands in front of the washing machine and dryer that the Chino Valley Morning Lions donated last year.
Photo by Ken Sain.

Donna McBroom, the nurse at Territorial Early Childhood Center, stands in front of the washing machine and dryer that the Chino Valley Morning Lions donated last year.

TERRITORIAL DAYS

6 to 11 a.m. — Pancake Breakfast at the Senior Center

7 a.m. — 10K and two-mile fun run at Memory Park

9 a.m. — Parade

3 to 7 p.m. — Corn Dinner at Del Rio Elementary School

All day — Vendors in Memory Park

Saturday morning hundreds of Chino Valley residents will feast on pancakes, ham, peaches and fruit and coffee for $5.

What do the Morning Lions do with the money they raise?

Here’s one example. Last spring Lioness Club members were visiting three schools in Chino Valley distributing items on their wish lists. The Lioness Club is not part of the Lions, it’s an entirely separate group.

Julie Van Wuffen started a conversation with the nurse at Territorial Early Childhood Center, Donna McBroom.

“The school nurse happened to be out there, so I asked her ‘Is there anything else you need?’” Van Wuffen said. “She said laundry soap. I don’t know why, but we walked back there, and I noticed the apartment-style washing machine and dryer stacked on top of each other. It was really dinged up.

“She told me, ‘I know just where to turn it to make it turn on. They’ve done all they could to it, it’s on its last legs.’”

Van Wuffen called over another Lioness, Carole Hanen. She made a call to her husband, Bud Hanen, a member of the Lions. Two weeks later Territorial had a new washing machine and dryer, courtesy of the Lions.

“I had to be the timer on it,” McBroom said of the old machines. “When I thought it has washed long enough, I’d have to turn it to the rinse cycle, then I’d have to turn it to the spin cycle.”

McBroom said that the old machines moved over from Del Rio when Territorial opened and were close to 20 years old.

As with most of the Lions’ charity works, that went unnoticed by most residents. The Lions donate thousands to schools and charity groups in the community each year.

The money comes primarily from two events, the Territorial Days Pancake Breakfast and the sale of Christmas Trees starting in late November.

“We’re prepared for another 700-to-800 people,” said Lee Dudley, a Lion who is organizing the Territorial Days Parade. Last year there was a record attendance at the pancake breakfast, when 640 people showed up with hungry appetites.

The Pancake Breakfast at the Chino Valley Senior Center is the first event of Territorial Days, which is Saturday, Sept. 3. After its doors open at 6 a.m., the 10K and two-mile fun run event begins on the other side of Memory Park at 7 a.m. That event raises money for the Chino Valley High School cross country team, allowing it to travel to out-of-state events.

The parade begins at Heritage Middle School at 9 a.m. It travels north on Road 1 West to Butterfield, then east to Horizon Way, north to Palomino, then west to Memory Park. Dudley said they had a record 53 entries last year. Only 21 had signed up by Thursday, Aug. 25.

“Everyone waits until the last minute,” Dudley said.

He said the Lions are considering letting people early register for less in the future, and making those who wait until the last minute pay a little more.

This is the 30th annual Territorial Days. The theme is Remember When.

There will be vendors set up in Memory Park all day. At 3 p.m., the annual Corn Dinner begins at Del Rio Elementary School. That event raises funds for Chino Valley High School’s Future Farmers of America program.

Students are expected to shuck 3,000 ears of corn for the dinner that morning. In addition to an ear of corn, diners will also be treated to some barbecue.

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