Well, 2013 has arrived in spite of the Mayan calendar and with it the annual Tournament of Roses Parade. In keeping with International President Wayne A. Madden’s theme of In A World of Service, this years Lions International float entry represents “Lions clubs organized for service throughout the world in 207 countries and geographic areas”. “Lions Serving the World” captures the rooftops of several of the world’s most iconic structures. At the front of the float the Australian Opera House, the U. S. Capitol building and ruins of the Parthenon in Greece.
The middle of the float is adorned with St. Basil’s Cathedral in Russia, the Imperial Palace in Beijing, China, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy, and the Taj Mahal in India. The rear of the float features Big Ben (London, Great Britain), a Pyramid from Egypt, a windmill from the Netherlands, and finally a mission from baja Mexico.” The float is decorated with some 7,000 white, light lavender, dark lavender, red and light pink roses and 3,000 lavender, yellow and dark lavender Gerberas for this our 27th year in the parade. Lions clubs emphasize service activities worldwide in sight conservation, eliminating preventable blindness, and aid to the blind and visually impaired as part of our mission to meet our motto of “We Serve”.
BINGO is held each Monday evening with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. and the first game at 7 p.m. Check our outdoor sign on Dave Creek Parkway for cancellations due to weather or other considerations. Our next regular meeting is scheduled for Valentines Day, Thursday, February 14, 2013.