Matteo’s Dream by Jim & Phyllis Wilkins

LionsBuiltMatteosDreamPic2014RoseParadeTheme-300x200The beautiful float (pictured above) was the Lions Club International entry in the 2014 Rose Bowl Parade and was titled “Matteo’s Dream.” The story behind this great entry is that Liz Lamach wanted what all moms want – a safe place for her son to play with other kids. But her son, Matteo, has cerebral palsy. And most playgrounds don’t have the ramps on the space to move his wheelchair. The Lions Step In. Liz was determined to find a place where children of all abilities could come and play. After some research, Liz began to plan for a new playground. But with a cost of US $750,,000 , it would cost a lot more than she could give. Liz rallied the local Lions and with a with a generous US $75,000 grant from LCIF, the project began. Lions from 45 clubs went on to raise almost US $500,000. They also joined forces with other community groups to build the park themselves. In just 8 days, 3,000 volunteers erected the 12,000 square foot playground. — The dream really did become a reality. And we hope this can become a model for other communities. — The project reestablished the Concord Lions Club, with Liz as the Charter President. The Concord Club not only maintains the playground, but holds meetings there. It is easy to see why the LCIF float entry, depreciating a gorgeous floral playground, was entered as “Matteo’s Dream.” This is a wonderful example of the part of the Lions mission to support youth and our motto of “We Serve.”

The Fairfield Bay Lions Club meets the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month (weather permitting). Dinner served at 5:30 p.m. and the meeting with guest speaker, will begin at 6 p.m. Our next scheduled meeting will be Thursday, February 13. For information regarding meetings or joining the Fairfield Bay Lions please contact our Membership Chair, Lion Mary Meadows @ 884-6388.

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