The Odd Fellows have had a float in the Rose Parade for years. Since, I became an Odd Fellow in 2014 I decided to help out with the float.
The building where the decorating took place.
This is a rendering of what the float would look like.
Here are some initial photographs I took.
The eagle at the front of the float is cool.
I like this Wounded Warrior symbol.
Cathy is applying white rice (?) to the Odd Fellows sign. It’s cold in the building.
Working on the eagle.
A volunteer applies seeds.
Here I am adhering cut beans to some jumbo yellow leaves. I told the girl who took the picture to “get what I’m doing.” Unfortunately, she didn’t get a lot of my face but you can tell it’s me from my Van Dyke.
I’m working on a rose with Dian. What I’m doing is putting glue on the rose structure and then applying cut flower petals (which have been blended by Mel) to the rose form with the aid of a sponge. The cut and blended flower petals are in the box in the foreground.
Another angle on my rose work.
Okay, I’m cutting flowers. Now, I want to mention that my brother, Cliff, once told me that when he dies he wants to come back as a cardinal. He says that if he dies before me whenever I go outside and see a cardinal — that will be him. I like that. If I come back I want to come back as a Teamster. I say that because in this photograph I look like I’m one apple-tini away from donning sequinned short-shorts and joining a Liberace revue. This photo’s redeeming value is that it makes me laugh. That’s why I’m using it.
This is a photo of Martha and her friend. Martha is a member of my lodge.
John. He’s also a member of my lodge.
Jan, from the Ontario Lodge, took me into the flower barn and I was overwhelmed. Each flower is in its own water holding vase.
Trays and trays of flowers.
Gerber daisies. My favorites.
I forget what they are but I know they’re special.
I like those blue irises in the back.
A drum full of individual vases.
Flowers that need to be processed.
This is the best picture I got of Mel who is also a member of my lodge. Mel’s a great guy and I’m happy I met him in 2014. The Odd Fellows are extremely lucky to have him in their organization and I’m lucky to have him as a brother. I wouldn’t be an Odd Fellow if it wasn’t for Mel; every time I had doubts — he coaxed me away from the ledge.
Roberta and J.R. are in charge of the Odd Fellows’ float. It must be an extremely stressful job so the Odd Fellows are fortunate to have two smart and competent people leading this endeavor.
Some peeps putting roses on the flag.
Cranberries were used for the T. FLT stands for Friendship, Love and Truth.
On the 31st I stopped by the barn to see the finished float. It looks great!
Here’s a view from the TV side.
I had one of the float guards take this picture of me.
This is the holiday ornament the parade committee created. Working on the float was very enjoyable. I met many friendly Odd Fellows and Rebekahs from all over the country. I’m already looking forward to working on the 2016 float.
My book, The Odd Fellows, was released on December 16, 2013.