Lions Clubs International
Dec
28

#MatteosDream: Fun Rose Parade Facts

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The 125th Annual Tournament of Rose Parade is just days away! Here are some fun facts to know for the parade:

  • The first Rose Parade was held on January 1, 1980. It was to be an American  version of the festival of Roses in Nice, France (You can read more about it here).
  • Not just anyone can enter a float or participate in the Rose Parade, its invitation only and guidelines are very strict.
  • The parade route is 5 ½ miles.
  • Lions Clubs International entered their first Rose Parade float in 1948. They decided it was too much work and didn’t enter another float in the parade again until 1967.

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  • After entering a float into the parade in 1967, Lions again decided it was too much work and didn’t enter again until almost 30 years later.
  • Lions began participating in the Rose Parade annually in 1992.
  • This year’s float, Matteo’s Dream, marks the first time Lions have based their design on an actual project. Read more about the inspiring project here.
  • Phoenix Decorating Company handles the construction and houses Lions’ float entry annually.
  • Float drivers actually cannot see the road. There are two compartments on the bottom of each float- one for the driver and the other for a second person who looks out a small opening of the float to guide the driver. The second person wears a headset to communicate directions to the driver, according to Phoenix Decorating Company spokesman Brian Dancel. Darcel also noted all drivers for their floats have over 10 years experience.
  • Since 1992, the International President and his wife have always ridden on the float.
  • Lions Clubs International float entries have always been 35-feet long.
  • You can watch Lions decorating the floats LIVE in Pasadena until Dec. 31 here.
  • A list of where to watch the Tournament of Roses parade on TV can be found here.
  • Check out the photo gallery of every float Lions Clubs International has entered into the Tournament of Roses Parade.

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Matteo's Dream
Dec
27

#MatteosDream: Smell the Roses!

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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.

Here’s where you can watch the Tournament of Roses Parade on TV:

  • ABC
  • The Hallmark Channel
  • HGTV
  • KTLA5
  • NBC
  • Univision
  • RFD TV
  • FN: Family Net
  • RURAL RADIO (XFM)
  • SKY LINK TV
  • MVS Television
  • American Forces Network
  • Zcafé
  • China Movie
  • HD1
  • TeleMetro
  • Sky Pacific
  • Albavisión
  • Teletica
  • MediaCorp

And don’t forget to submit your photo for our first-ever social media contest and share our Matteo’s Dream YouTube video to help spread the word about the unique story behind our float.

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Lions Clubs International
Dec
27

Membership Webinars

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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!

  • Conducting Your Own New Club Development Workshop: Learn how to set up and facilitate your own workshop on forming new clubs in your district.
    January 28, 2014
    6 p.m. – 7 p.m. (CST)
    Register
  • Family and Friends Month: April is Family and Friends Month and your opportunity to invite family and friends to learn, serve and celebrate with your club. Listen in for ideas on how your club can participate and learn about the Lions World Lunch Relay and contest.
    February 18, 2014
    2 p.m. – 3 p.m. (CST)
    Register
  • Chartering Special Interest Clubs: Learn how to form new Lions clubs that have a specific focus or interest.
    March 26, 2014
    4 p.m. – 5 p.m. (CDT)
    Register
  • Conducting Informational Meetings for New and Existing Clubs: Learn how to conduct an informational meeting for a new club or an existing club. Find out tips and tricks on how to get prospective memberes to join and tools and resources available.
    April 29, 2014
    12 p.m. – 1 p.m. (CDT)
    Register
  • Membership Planning for Next Fiscal Year: Start the next fiscal year off ahead by having a membership plan in place for your club, district, and/or multiple district.
    May 22, 2014
    10 a.m. – 11 a.m. (CDT)
    Register

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Dec
26

#MatteosDream: Lions Decorate for Rose Parade

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[ABOVE: WATCH LIONS DECORATE MATTEO’S DREAM LIVE]

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.

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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.

You can get involved and help too by entering our first-ever social media contest or by sharing our Matteo’s Dream YouTube video.

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Lions Clubs International
Dec
25

Palmer’s Blog: Happy Holidays!

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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!

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