Moms eat on the Elk’s Tab: Club continues traditional Mother’s Day breakfast

B reakfast is on the guys this weekend.

Whitehall Elks Lodge 1491 will honor the most important member of the family — mom — this weekend as it hosts its annual Mother’s Day Breakfast from on Sunday, May 13.

“All the mothers in the community eat free,” said Herb Tracy, a local trustee in the organization. “It’s a nice Sunday for all the mothers.”

And while mothers can enjoy a nice breakfast with their families, there is one place they won’t be allowed, the kitchen.

The entire meal will be prepared and cooked by the organization’s male officers. They even plan on doing the dishes.

“We don’t let the lady officers do any cooking,” said Tracy.

More than a dozen members pitch in to help make sure the breakfast goes smoothly.

Ray Downs, who is a trustee in the organization, said they typically have three or four guys who help serve the meal and six or seven guys in the kitchen.

“It goes well. People keep coming back every year and we get a lot of hugs and kisses,” joked Tracy.

The breakfast has become a longstanding tradition at the lodge. Tracy, who has been a member for 13 years, said the meal predates his membership in the organization.

“It’s been something we’ve done for years,” he said.

Arnold Frasier, Inner Guard for the Whitehall Elks, said they have hosted the event for at least 20 years.

“Every year it gets a little bigger,” he said. The event typically attracts well over 100 people. In 2010, organizers served 165 people.

“We get a real good turnout,” Tracy said.

 

Growing appetites

The breakfast was originally held in the downstairs dining area but was moved upstairs to accommodate the growing number of people who attend each year.

The event is part of a busy month for the Elks, who honor two of their most important values, patriotism and love of family, every May.

Frasier said the Grand Lodge encourages local lodges to honor mothers and the breakfast is how they do that.

“It’s our way of giving back,” said Downs.

Every mother who attends the event receives a free breakfast and a carnation.

“We’ll even send carnations home for the mothers who can’t make it,” Frasier said. Members will serve breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. on Sunday. The food will include homemade scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, home fries, fruit, pancakes and beverages.

“Anything you would want for breakfast, we’ll have,” said Downs.

The cost for anyone who is not a mother is $6.

For more information, call the Tracy at the lodge at 499-1750.

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