|Chuckwagon Breakfast celebrates its 60th anniversary posted on 06/02/2018|
A limerick composed by Mt. Hood Lions Club member Jim
Espenel to celebrate the 60th annual Chuckwagon Breakfast, held later this
month, begins, ““There once was a Lion from the Hood, who often was up to
The Lions Club hopes to get up to a lot of good raising
money for their community projects by making a lot of bacon and eggs during the
June 30 and July 1 event, a major fundraising event for the club.
The brunch will take place at their clubhouse located at
Hwy. 26 and Woodsey Way in Welches.
The annual occurrence is customarily held as close to the
Fourth of July as possible and will be held from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. the weekend
before the holiday.
“It’s a very traditional breakfast,” said club member David
Buoy. “We’ve been doing the same thing for three or four decades; it hasn’t
The meal includes eggs to order, pancakes, bacon and
sausage, with coffee and juice and is all-you-can-eat.
“It’s kind of a mountain tradition,” Buoy added, “a lot of
people know about it.”
The club expects to serve between 350 and 500 breakfasts
“We try to have the smell of bacon wafting over to the
neighboring (Saint John in the Woods) Catholic church by the time mass gets
out,” Buoy said, laughing, “and hopefully get a mention from the pulpit.”
This year marks the 60th anniversary of the breakfast, first
held in 1958 in the old mule barn at Camp Zigzag on East Lolo Pass road.
Club president-elect Milt Fox II recalled washing dishes as
a child at the first event and stated that the funds from the breakfasts have
allowed the club to give out thousands of shots and immunizations to the
community over the years.
The breakfast was originally started by the club’s health
committee to fund health projects and has shifted to providing financing for
other club projects as healthcare became more readily accessible in the region.
“Everything we do we try to put back to the community,” Fox
said, describing the club’s goals of providing resources for the Mount Hood
Proceeds from the breakfast are used to offer scholarships
awarded each year at Sandy High School, support the “Reading is Fundamental”
program at Welches Elementary School, provide health screenings for glaucoma
and cataracts and sponsor local Boy and Cub Scouts Pack 173.
While discussing the upcoming breakfast, Fox said he “hopes
for good weather and a good crowd,” to support the club’s community outreach
programs. “It’s our longest continuous fundraising event.”
Tickets are $6 in advance, $7 at the door for adults, $4 for
children 10 and younger and will be available at Welches Mountain Hardware,
Clackamas County Bank and Mountain Roasters Coffee throughout June. There will
be a daily raffle at the breakfast with donated local items. Additional support
for the breakfast is provided by the Hoodland Thriftway and Boy and Cub Scouts
For additional information regarding the Chuckwagon
Breakfast contact the Mt. Hood Lions Club at 503-622-4111.Benjamin Simpson/MT