We started the day with the Plenary Session at the Lions Convention and the flag ceremony. Our band (in addition to other groups) carried flags for the flag ceremony, each representing a county that has Lions. The flag ceremony (which was quite impressive!) happens at the end of the plenary session, so I got the chance to watch the end of that session. I was particularly struck by the winners of the Peace Poster and Essay contest - ZhuoQi Wang, a 13 year old from China and winner of the Peace Poster contest, spoke at the conference - she was quite impressive. Check out her winning poster, "The Future of Peace." The session was also the "kick off" for the new Lions campaign against diabetes, and we were excited to see Sanjay Gupta speak about diabetes. We did not get to go (we were off seeing the Hoover Dam by that time!), but Monday's plenary session was to feature former president George W. Bush. Our kids, of course, did an awesome job at flag holding and parading.
After the conclusion of the flag ceremony, we had lunch once again in the food court of the MGM Grand (lots of great options there!) and then headed to Paris to visit the Eiffel Tower! Yes, you read that correctly - the Eiffel Tower - in the Paris Casino, of course. We wound our way through a quaint French village and eventually reached the Eiffel Tower, clearly the height of the day. Students enjoyed ascending the tower to, once again, gaze out over Las Vegas. We were even treated to a show by the famed Bellagio fountains while up top.
Following our trip to France, we walked across the street to pay a visit to Caesar's Palace. Here, students had a chance to shop in the Forum Shops and seemed to have a great time shopping (I have concluded that our students really like to shop!) We then had a fabulous dinner at Planet Hollywood's Café Hollywood, and then were back to the hotel for a good night's sleep.