We’re excited to start 2014 smelling like roses – literally.
On January 1, people all over the world will tune into watch the 125th Annual Tournament of Rose Parade.
Last year, over 84 million people tuned in to watch the beautiful floral works of art make their way down Colorado Blvd. in Pasadena, Calif., according to the Tournament of Roses website.
Lions Clubs International is proud of the float entry for this year’s parade because it’s the first time a float will represent a service project. Matteo’s Dream, a project from Concord, Calif. was selected as the inspiration for Lions’ float design.
It’s not only a perfect fit for the parade’s theme “Dreams Come True,” but it also shows what we as Lions do every day – make dreams come true in every community.
We hope that every Lion around the world has a chance to see our float, which is currently being decorated with flowers. Click here to see Lions decorating the float.
The new year is fast approaching and with it, all-new Membership Webinars that provide the opportunity for Lions to learn about and discuss various membership topics. Connect with Lions around the world, and expand your reach! Below are a list of the monthly webinars coming up in 2014. Register today!
The mad rush to decorate Lions Clubs International float in the 125th Annual Rose Parade is well underway in Pasadena, Calif.
“Between Dec. 26 -30 is when the 17-hour shifts begin,” said Phoenix Decorating Company spokesperson Brian Dancel.
The Phoenix Decorating Company has been working with Lions Clubs International for several years now. They help turn float designs on paper into the beautiful floral works of art that drive down Colorado Blvd. on New Year’s Day.
This year, Lions Clubs International selected Matteo’s Dream, a project from Concord, Calif., as the inspiration for their float design.
Approximately 5,000 roses and 1,800 gerberas will be used to decorate the 35-foot-long float, according to Dancel.
Rose Parade rules require every square inch of float surface be covered with “flowers or other natural botanical materials,” according to an article from HGTV.
Most decorations on the float are what Dancel calls “Live Florals” because they can deteriorate very quickly and lose color. This is why volunteers work long hours a few days before the parade in order to apply all the flowers and preserve the live florals.
The other decorations are called “dry decorations.” They are applied weeks prior to the event because they are non-perishable and last longer.
Teams of Lions and volunteers will work around the clock leading up to the parade in two shifts. The first shift goes from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., while the second shift runs from 3:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Dancel estimates that volunteers put in around 9000 man hours leading up to the float judging, which will take place on Dec. 31.
As 2013 comes to a close, I’d like to take this time to reflect on the many ways in which Lions have made a real impact this year. When I came into office as Lions International President in July, I challenged Lions everywhere to follow their dreams. And how Lions have embraced that challenge through programs such as the Global Service Action Campaigns, the Reading Action Program, tree planting projects, as well as member recruitment that helps Lions clubs grow. In November, Lions from around the world came together in response to Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines — helping LCIF surpass US$1 million for disaster relief efforts. Lions have truly spent this year working hard to achieve their dreams and serve communities worldwide.
Lions, I applaud your service and wish you a very merry holiday and happy new year. Here’s to a bright 2014 that makes all your dreams come true!
Since it first began in 1968, Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) has supported Lions in their efforts to make a global impact — whether through disaster relief, sight projects, health services, youth outreach and so much more.
Watch the video above to learn how LCIF and Lions are making a difference in people’s lives every day.
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