Dec
26

#MatteosDream: Lions Decorate for Rose Parade

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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.

Matteo's Dream

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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Dec
24

Video: LCIF Is Your Foundation

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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.

Make a donation to LCIF this holiday season, and help make someone’s future brighter.

 

Donate to LCIF

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Dec
23

Video: Relieving Hunger in South Africa

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As December and January’s Relieving the Hunger Global Service Action campaign continues, we’re sharing another video from our Lions Quarterly (LQ) archives. The video above features Lions in South Africa who collect, sort and distribute food to local communities in need.

Depending on where Lions are located, Lions feeding projects include a wide range of activities:

  • Distributing holiday food baskets
  • Volunteering at food pantries
  • Feeding school children or children in orphanages
  • Organizing soup kitchens for adults and children who are homeless
  • Starting community food gardens

Recent Webinars with partner organizations The Global FoodBank Network and Feeding America and FoodBank Australia and FoodBank Western Australia can help you plan your Relieving the Hunger project:

  • Webinar recording for Lions in Europe, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Singapore and South Africa (Global FoodBanking Network)
  • Webinar recording for Lions in Australia and United States  (FoodBank Australia, FoodBank Western Australia and Feeding America)

How does your Lions club feed the community?

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Lions Clubs International
Dec
20

Lions in the Headlines

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Check out how Lions around the world are making headlines by serving their communities.
  • NEW ZEALAND: The Bethlehem Te Puna Lions Clubs raised the money for a special gift to the local Women’s Refuge.
  • MICHIGAN, USA: Garden City Lions Club inspires local teen to help with eyeglass recycling efforts.
  • UNITED KINGDOM: Brave swimmers get ready for the annual Lions Christmas Day plunge.
  • AUSTRALIA: Lions coordinating fundraising efforts to help young boys injured in fire.
  • ILLINOIS, USA: Sandwich Lions Christmas tradition began with one man’s generosity.
Has your Lions club been featured in the local news recently? Share your story!

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