2014 Float "Lions Building Matteo's Dream" is Under Construction
The Lions Float, Inc. committee has been arduously and meticulously working on the 2014 Float idea that best depicts the Tournament of Roses Theme "Dreams Come True." Following a meeting with Past International Director Bill Crawford and endorsed ID Candidate Larry Dicus, Matteo's Dream (a park built by Lions in Concord, CA) would be a great choice of depicting what Lions do. That information was relayed to Phoenix Decorating (our float builder) and they had a couple of renderings designed with that information mixed in with hundreds of sketches the Executive Committee reviewed. Four sketches were selected for the entire committee to review and vote on at the March 3rd committee meeting. The above sketch best depicting Matteo's Dream was selected and given the title of "Lions Built Matteo's Dream."
45 Lions Clubs and 3,000 volunteers built the park in 8 days.
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International President's Visitation Schedule
Lions first displayed a float in the 1948 Rose Parade. Since 1992 Lions Clubs International has continuously presented a float in the New Year's Day Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California. The parade is viewed by an estimated 400 million people in 85 countries around the world. The production price for the Lions float is a tiny fraction of the cost of purchasing television advertising of this magnitude. It serves as a message to the world that Lions are people who serve others.
Each year LCI's President and 1st Lady ride the float in the parade. Television commentary ( 2013 Parade Video ) will once again highlight Lions' service and note the presence of these special units. There will also be four additional places on the float allowing seating for those who choose to purchase a "Ride of Your Life" Package.
Lions Float, Inc Is a Support Group
Since 1994 Lions Float, Inc., a non-profit corporation, has taken charge of directing preparations and funding of the annual float. This year-round activity involves float design, fundraising and organizing and directing volunteers who work on the float decorations. In many cases these volunteers are composed of youth from our Leo clubs. And each year the International President and spouse add at least a few flowers during their visit.
Lions Float Inc. History
In 1992, under the leadership of then International President Donald E. Banker of Rolling Hills CA, Lions Clubs International entered its first float in the New Year's Day Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena and has continued every year since that time.
Two of our Lions entries (1993 and 1994) won awards for the most beautiful float in our category. However, we believe all our entries are winners since they present Lions with an opportunity to promote our service activities to people worldwide who watch the parade and see our float each year.
Lions Float, Inc., a non-profit corporation, was formed in 1994 to direct the preparation and funding of the Lions float in the Rose Parade. This is a year-round activity involving the designing, fundraising and coordinating of volunteer decoration of the float in December. To raise these funds, Lions Float, Inc. sells a variety of commemorative items such as pins, shirts, license plate frames, sun shades, antenna balls and hats and offers fellowships for donations honoring PIP Banker and others.
We welcome the support of Lions all over the world in supporting and decorating the float. What a better way to promote Lionism than to be represented in this widely publicized international parade. Lions International is the largest service organization in the world. We want the world to hear us ROAR!