Tuesday, July 5, 2016

4th of July Activity

Another 4th come and gone!

Here we are, the Juneau Mendenhall Flying Lions setting up our canopy in the wee hours of this beautiful morning!

Our booth is set up in the parade staging area and we offer hot coffee and pastries as they wait for the parade to start. 

Local bakeries, like Super Bear and another major bakery that doesn't want to be recognized... donate their day-old pastries for our event.  We take them home and wrap in seran wrap to protect from the weather.  Heritage Coffee donates all our coffee, cups, sugar, creamer, etc.

In years past, we would sell these items for $1.00 each and generally would make $300 in proceeds. It's not a big fundraiser by any means, but was more the service to those men and women who show up at 6:00 a.m. to get ready for the parade.
Lion Becky Allison assisting a customer
We sponsor Boy Scout Troop 247 and this year we decided not to sell our goods, but accept donations only and all proceeds would go towards Troop 247.

The Boy Scouts are always there helping us peddle our wares, working the crowd, and it only seemed the right thing to do.  

It seemed slow this year but we still made $417 to hand over to the Troop!
Lion Mukhya Khalsa with three scouts:  Patrick, Eli, and Cole
It was a sunny day (intermittent) and we were out of there by 10:45 a.m., just before the parade participants started to line up! 
Lions Mukhya Khalsa, Nancy Norton, Mike Norton, Hari Dev Khalsa and Scout leader Bob Mitchell
And over in Douglas, a couple of our Lions were needed to help with a food booth for Helping Hands.
Lions Mukhya and Hari Dev Khalsa
We Serve was covered today!  Lion Donna was on the Parade Committee and helping with that, but made an appearance at our booth from time-to-time.  Lion Tom Dawson participated in the VFW float and also found time to help at our booth.  Not to mention Lion Mal Linthwaite who now resides in Arizona but came to see what we were up to!
Lion Tom Dawson (taken by Juneau Empire)
I hope everyone had a happy and safe 4th!  Next year is our Centennial.... I wonder what our President Lion Donna Hurley has in store for us at next year's 4th....

This is a Lions Centennial Engaging our Youth project.  #Lions100

We Serve!
Lion Nancy Norton


  1. Thanks for the blog. It is a really nice way to enjoy yesterday again and remember how many people are helped.