Shared by Howard Cook: public relations chairman, Kiwanis Club of East Fresno
On December 30, 2009, 24 members of the Kiwanis Club of East Fresno, along six members from Division 18, worked at the Rosemount Pavilion in Pasadena preparing meals for volunteers from several of the central valley’s Key Clubs that were working on some of the Rose Parade floats.
The morning started very early for most of the work crew as they started their Fresno-to-Pasadena trip at 4 a.m. The Kiwanians and students’ departure was recorded by Fox 26 and later seen by the community on the channel’s morning show and evening newscasts.
Once in Pasadena, the work began for Kiwanians making the trip. They prepared a hearty lunch for the students who were decorating floats, which had been designed by the Phoenix company, including the Kiwanis International float.
Lunch was served at noon, and in just 30 minutes, a group numbering 521 were served. Once lunch was over, the Kiwanians prepared box lunches for the trip home. A tired but happy bunch returned to Fresno at 9 o'clock that night. A small contingent of club members including Past Governor Greg Mason, East Fresno Kiwanis Club President Richard Laxton and Past President Herb Schwartz stayed behind to host an interclub and dine with International President Paul Palazzolo.
Before hosting the interclub meeting, the small group of members fed an additional 510 float decorators in just 40 minutes. Club members Ed Stone and Staff Maurer have organized past year events as well as the 2009 event.