Lions Poor Folks Dinner March 9
By LENNY C. LEPOLA
News Assistant Managing Editor
“Since things have been too quiet in the Big Walnut area lately, the Sunbury Lions will present their once’t a year Poor Folks Dinner,” said Lion Dan Shaw. “The meal will consist mostly of corn bread and beans, and maybe some chicken soup for those who don’t like beans.”
Shaw said the annual affair was started around 1985 by the then Big Walnut Lions.
“Those Lions were looking for a fundraiser, when someone suggested beans,” Shaw said. “Naturally everybody laughed, because beans are funny. After some discussion it was decided to go ahead with this project, but what to call it?”
Shaw said at first it was suggested to call the fundraiser the “Poor Man’s Dinner”, but one of the “more politically correct” Lions said they couldn’t do that, because it left out women. So somebody else suggested “Poor Folks Dinner”. “That same person said: Wouldn’t that make the poor people feel bad?” Shaw explained. “The decision was made that since 90 percent of the people in and around Sunbury were raised on beans, it certainly wouldn’t make anyone feel bad. Thus it became the Poor Folks Dinner.”
The Poor Folks Dinner was first served at the Masonic Temple on Morning Street, moved to the Old Baptist Church on Cherry Street and finally to Town Hall on the Sunbury Square, where it is held today.
“In all their wisdom, the Lions have decided that in order to keep the air in the vicinity of Sunbury clean and pure, they are only serving environmentally friendly, low-gas beans,” Shaw added.
The Sunbury Lions Club Poor Folks Dinner will be held from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., Saturday, March 9, at Sunbury Town Hall.
The tickets are $5 for all the beans you care to eat (Shaw said it’s a really cheap way to entertain your friends). Tickets are available from any Sunbury Lion or at the door. Proceeds go to the many charities supported by members of the Sunbury Lions Club.