Community is invited to the clubhouse for the return of the sit-down, in-person annual event.

Traditions are very important on the mountain. In August, the Steiner Cabins open for visitors to explore; in December the community's most charitable create Christmas baskets for those in need; and in July, the Mt. Hood Lions Club members gather to serve their Chuckwagon Breakfast.

From 7 a.m.-noon Saturday and Sunday, July 2-3, the Lions will welcome the community into their clubhouse at 24730 E. Woodsey Way, Welches, for the first sit-down community meal since the beginning of the pandemic. That said, those who would prefer can still get their breakfast to go.

As is tradition, the menu will offer pancakes, eggs to order, sausage links, bacon, coffee and juice. There also will be a turkey shoot this year, with a turkey going home to one winner every hour.

"This will be the first time for a sit-down meal since the pandemic," said President-elect Jim Espenel.

So far, since being allowed to have people back in the clubhouse, the club has hosted bingo nights where Espenel said there has been a great response from the community.

"It's been amazing," he said. "People want out. Our bingo has had record crowds. We've never had this many people. We usually have 30-35 people a night, and we've had 85-90. Hopefully, we're going to do well (with the breakfast)."

The Chuckwagon Breakfast is an annual fundraiser that helps raise money for operational costs of the Lions Club. Throughout the year, the club uses these funds to serve the community, providing Reading is Fundamental events and free books to local students, hosting numerous blood drives and hearing and sight clinics, facilitating the compilation of the Christmas baskets and more.

"The community service is very big for me," Espenel said. "I believe in helping others. We're kind of touching every demographic here and helping all ages."

Espenel and his wife, Molly, have attended these events since before they became members of the club 10 years ago. And as a member he's long been one of the cooks who helps fry up the bacon for the breakfast.

"It's good food," Espenel said. "I don't think you'll find a better breakfast for the price. So, come out and have breakfast, have fun and meet your neighbors."

If you go

What: TMt. Hood Lions Club's annual Chuckwagon Breakfast

When: 7 a.m.-noon, Saturday-Sunday, July 2-3

Where: Mt. Hood Lions Clubhouse, 24730 E. Woodsey Way, Welches

Cost: Tickets are $10 if purchased in advance from any Lions Club member or any of the following businesses: Welches Mountain Building Supply, 67250 Highway 26; Clackamas County Bank, 6740 Highway 26, Welches; or Whistle Stop Bar & Grill, 66674 E. Highway 26, Welches. Tickets are $12 at the door.

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