The Amigos De Vista Lions club held a Country Western Hoedown on Saturday, August 20th, at the beautiful Alta Vista Gardens in the town of Vista. Close to 50 people attended, including most of the Lions club members and several guests. The purpose of the gathering was to share information about the Lions organization and about our club to prospective members. Members and guests dressed in their country western duds, including boots and hats in many cases.
Alta Vista Botanical Gardens is located on 13 acres of city owned property on the top of a hill in Brengle Terrace Park. Plans for the garden go back 35 years and in 1999 a non-profit organization was formed to develop and oversee the garden. It has grown into a spectacular display of beautiful plants, trees, wildlife, and art. Many Amigos De Vista Lions club members are also members of the Alta Vista Gardens.
The Amigos De Visa Lions club was formed in the early 1970’s and currently has 36 members, with a goal of 50 members within the next two years. The club holds several fundraisers throughout the year and they donate each year more than $30,000 to charities for the sight impaired and to local youth programs.
The Hoedown was a real hoot with a great meal consisting of barbequed chicken, ribs, and tri-tip, along with baked beans, coleslaw, rolls and desert, all arranged by Lion Ken Bouchard. A variety of refreshments were served by Lion Michele Walsh and the tables were furnished and decorated by Lion Judy Black and Lisa Davis. Country music played as people talked and welcomed guests. Horseshoes were thrown with Lion Ron Holloway being named the unofficial champion. Lion President Patrick Ryan addressed the group and welcomed our guests, acknowledging the sense of community and fellowship we have at events like this. Lion Treasurer Tim Black, a member of Amigos De Vista since 1974, reviewed our fundraisers and donations and explained the financial obligation for a new member. Finally, Lion Ron Ward, chairman of the membership committee, closed the discussion with clarifying points and thanks to all that attended.