An Enchanting Evening at the Eagles Lodge On the crisp evening of December 18, 2023, the warm lights of the Eagles Lodge welcomed the Orchard Mesa Lions Club to our much-anticipated annual Christmas party. This event wasn't just a gathering; it was a vibrant tapestry woven with threads of camaraderie, community spirit, and festive cheer. The theme was "No place like GNOME for the holidays. As members, both old and new, stepped through the doors, the air buzzed with anticipation, setting the stage for a night drenched in warmth, laughter, and the enchanting spirit of the holidays.
Exceptional Culinary Experience by The Ribber The night's culinary journey was exceptional, masterfully charted by John Young with The Ribber Catering. Each dish they presented was a testament to their culinary prowess, transforming our dining experience into an adventure of flavors. The Prime Rib melted in our mouths, while the Chicken Cordon Bleu offered a delightful dance of textures. And the cheesecake? A masterpiece of creamy indulgence, crowned with the sweet, crunchy surprise of Enstrom’s toffee. Our hearts brimmed with gratitude for John's dedication to our community and his art. Thank you, John and The Ribber, for a fantastic meal.
Honoring Distinguished Guests and New Connections The presence of Immediate Past District Governor (IPDG) Dave McIlnay and his wife Lorna added a layer of prestige to our celebration, reinforcing the strong bonds within the Lions community. Amidst the clinking of glasses and shared laughter, a heartwarming scene unfolded – our newest members, barely a year with us, were deep in conversation with veterans boasting over 30 years of service. It was a moment of connection across generations, symbolized by one couple who shared, "It's great to be here, together with the club!" This intermingling of past and present painted a vivid picture of our club's enduring spirit.
Live Music and Lively Exchange Cimarron Moon's live music was like a ribbon tying the evening together, their melodies echoing the joy and merriment of the season. A playful White Elephant gift exchange unfolded as their tunes filled the lodge. It wasn't just about the gifts; it was a showcase of strategy, humor, and the sheer delight of surprise. Each unwrapped present catalyzed laughter and banter, weaving a tapestry of unforgettable memories.
A Night of Inclusive Fun and Heartfelt Thanks We owe a roaring lion's thank you to Lion Ashley Jaime, whose vision and tireless efforts made this magical evening possible. The event's success is a testament to her leadership and dedication to our club's values. The inclusive game of Bingo, tailored for our blind and low-vision guests, was another highlight, ensuring that joy was a shared experience for all.
Reflecting on a Memorable Night As we look back on this enchanting evening, our hearts are full. The 2023 Christmas party was more than a celebration; it reaffirmed our shared values – service, fellowship, and joy. We leave with memories wrapped in the warm embrace of friendship, carrying the spirit of the holidays in our hearts.