2014 Grand Marshal Frances Mann

What an honor to serve as Grand Marshal to the Woodlake Lions Rodeo and Parade. Thank you to the gentlemen of the Woodlake Lions Club for bestowing me with such a great honor.

I have been attending the parade since I was a small child. My family and I grew up in Lemon Cove and we all looked upon the parade and rodeo as the biggest weekend of the year. It was fun because Rodeo Week was exciting for everyone around the city and fun things were happening all week long for the entire family.

Although I attended Exeter High School, after working for the Title Company in Visalia for 17 years, my Woodlake love affair started in 1989. This is when I came to work in the high school office. Over the years I served in different capacities including the principal’s secretary, financial clerk and the assistant to the then athletic director Leo Robinson. I served under six different principals until my retirement in 2013. My blood runs black and orange.

My involvement over the years in the rodeo has been really fun. I have been an active member of the Woodlake Lady Lions for 15 years and we now run two concession stands. The funds generated enable the club to fund community events, school activities, and other community endeavors that make our town so special. Our biggest commitment is to scholarships to graduating seniors of Woodlake High School.

I have enjoyed a lifetime of community involvement. I was an original member of the Community Garden Club, former member of the Woodlake Kiwanis Club, and I am currently involved with the Woodlake High School Foundation. I am very involved with the Enchanted Evening Prom Dress Event where we supply prom dresses to students who can’t afford them. My brothers were wrestlers and I still attend all the high school wrestling matches and I am involved in the Woodlake Wrestling Club for younger students. I still enjoy participating in the high school concession stands for baseball, wrestling, basketball, swim meets and the Woodlake Invitational Cross Country Meet every October.

Family continues to be an important aspect of my life. Along with my husband of 30 years Chuck (without whom I wouldn’t get to do the things I like to do) we are surrounded by family. We enjoy watching my nephew compete in JC wrestling matches, hanging out with my siblings, traveling in the western United States and watching my newest niece Kynlee grow. My bunko group supplies me endless fun evenings and I because I am retired, everyday is Saturday! God has blessed me with the best of all things.

Thank you Woodlake Lions Club. Enjoy the rodeo. “Ride ‘em cowboy!”