Presentation on theme: "Rotary Rose Float Rotarian Involvement in the Tournament of Roses Rose Float for Rotary."— Presentation transcript:
Rotary Rose Float Rotarian Involvement in the Tournament of Roses Rose Float for Rotary
“In the promotion of Rotary, it is important to reach large numbers and you cannot reach them privately.” Paul Harris
The Rose Parade broadcasts on eight different TV networks in the United States alone. Overall, approximately ninety media outlets cover related stories through TV, radio, newspapers, and online streaming. Over 300 million viewers will watch the Rotary Rose Float on January 1, 2013 in the 124 th Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California, fulfilling the vision of Rotarian Paul Harris.
Rotary’s involvement with the Rose Parade began in Realizing the public value image of the float in the Parade, Rotary has been continuously participating since
1997 The Float titled "Caring for the World's Children" provided an opportunity to reveal the shining achievements of the PolioPlus campaign 1998 Float theme “Bringing the World Together” This year's float celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of the Ambassadorial Scholar program 1999 float titled “Service is Timeless” won the Volunteers Award
2000 Float theme: “Readers are Winners” won the Isabella Coleman Award for "Best presentation of color and color harmony through floral use." 2001 Float theme “Recognizing Tomorrow’s Leaders” won the Volunteers Trophy. Mark Twain’s story of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn is instantly recognizable float theme was "Around the World Through Education"
2009 Float theme was "Make Dreams Real" The float design was based on Shakespeare's romantic comedy, A Midsummer Night's Dream, one of his most beloved and entertaining plays. The float depicted a beautiful garden setting with three exquisitely decorated fairies. Seven women representing the Southern California and Nevada district of Rotary International rode on the float in celebration of the year 2009, which marked the 20th anniversary of women involved in Rotary in the United States Float theme was "Sharing World Literacy Day"
2012 Float theme "Inching Towards the End of Polio" and it was the Winner of the Princess' Trophy 2010 Float theme: "Service Above the Rest". Winner of the Tournament Volunteers' Trophy 2011 Float theme: "Building Communities, Bridging Continents".
Now in their 31st year Phoenix Decorating Company, winner of 220 awards for its Rose Parade floats, is again building Rotary’s entry in the parade. Rotary International’s 2012 Princesses’ Trophy winner “Inching Toward the End of Polio” can be viewed below. (Courtesy of Phoenix Decorating Company YouTube page) Double click box below for film
The theme for the 124 th Rose Parade is “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!”, based on the book by the late Dr. Seuss, Theodore Geisel. Our float will have Dr. Seuss’ nephew and fellow Rotarian, Paul Geisel from Texas.. To quote from the book by Dr. Seuss “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” “You're off to Great Places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, So... get on your way!” As Rotarians, our diversity and opportunities to serve in humanitarian and peace-promoting activities lead us to so many areas of the globe. That could easily be a theme for Rotary!
Dr. Jane Goodall, keynote speaker at the 100 th Rotary International Convention in Birmingham, UK, is the Grand Marshall for the 124 th Rose Parade. As well as being a UN Messenger of Peace, Dr. Goodall joins the campaign to end polio.
The 2013 Float for Rotary displays a central world globe that represents the community of 1.2 million Rotary International volunteers that perform global service. Note the origami Peace Cranes which represent Rotarians that travel the world to promote peace and conduct humanitarian service. The Peace Cranes also represent Rotary International President Tanaka’s vision of “Peace Through Service”
Work on the float begins in January, if not before! Hours of design, planning, and construction go into each float. The float is not funded by Rotary International, but by Rotary Districts, Clubs, and Rotarians. And, many hours of volunteer time. Last year, we had over 1300 volunteers that worked a combined total of 11,520 hours! (Pictures courtesy Phoenix Decorating Company)
On November 17, 2012 the float submitted by Rotary went for a test drive! (picture courtesy Phoenix Decorating Company)
Rotarian leaders and dignitaries from the Tournament of Roses Bottom row from left: Float rider Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley, Float Committee member John Peck, Tournament of Roses President Sally Bixby, and Float Committee members Herb Norman and Ray Bushnell Middle row from left: Float Committee members Charles Cordero and Kate Rosloff, and Long Beach Rotary Club president Gregory Haeseler Top row from left: Center pictured is Vanessa Manjarrez, 2013 Tournament of Roses queen flanked by her princesses
Rotary International has a network of 1.2 million community volunteers worldwide. Sixteen of those volunteers will be riding on the 2013 Rotary float or walking alongside the float Sakuji Tanaka, Rotary International President, representing Rotary District 2270, is the former chair of the Daika Company and former president of the National Household Papers Distribution Association of Japan. A member of the Rotary Club of Yashio since its charter in 1975, Tanaka has served RI as a director, Rotary Foundation trustee, chair of the 2009 Birmingham Convention Committee, member of the Polio Eradication Advocacy Task Force and Future Vision Committee, and regional Rotary Foundation coordinator, district governor, and training leader. Working with his district, he helped to construct a school building in Bangladesh. Tanaka has received the RI Service Above Self Award and the Foundation’s Citation for Meritorious Service and Distinguished Service Award. He and his wife, Kyoko, are Paul Harris Fellows, Benefactors of the Permanent Fund, Major Donors, and members of the Arch C. Klumph Society. In addition, Tanaka has established an endowed Rotary Peace Fellowship. He and Kyoko have been married since 1963 and have three children and seven grandchildren.
Sam “Woody” Wilbanks, representing Rotary District 5190 Northeastern California and Nevada, joined the Rotary Club of Loyalton California in 1997 serving as President in During that year the club won District 5190's Small Club of Excellence, earning a total of 6 district awards. Currently District Governor for 5190, he has served the District as Assistant Governor, Community Service Chair, and Regional Youth Leadership Assembly Co-Director. Sam is also on the District Training Cadre, assisting with assembly training and other district needs. He is a Major Donor, a member of the Paul Harris Society, and he is a Bequest Society member. He and his wife have hosted six Rotary Youth Exchange students. Shirley Grace, representing Rotary District 5230 Central California, is past President of the Rotary Club of Fresno having been a member since Shirley is currently Governor for District She has worked on many District Public Relations Grants, District Simplified Grants and Matching Grants resulting it successful local and international projects. She has fostered two grants with District 3170 of Goa. Shirley is a Paul Harris Society and Bequest Society member, a Fresno Fellow and has served on the Board of the Rotary Club of Fresno Foundation for four years. She and her husband Dick Jackson, also a Paul Harris Fellow; have seven children and fourteen grandchildren
James M. Lewis (Jim), Rotary District 5240 Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Kern Counties is a native of Southern California, and is a polio survivor. He joined Rotary in 2001, and is a member of the Rotary Club of Moorpark, California. Jim has traveled to India 5 times to participate in National Immunization Day’s, He received the Rotary Foundation District Service Award and the Sam Greene Service Above Self Award. He has served on several District level committees including Grants, Foundation Gala, Polio Plus, and as International Area Service Coordinator. Jim is a Master Potential Rotary Leaders Seminar graduate, a Benefactor, a Bequest Society member and a multiple Paul Harris Fellow. In , during his year as President of the Rotary Club of Moorpark, the club was awarded Best Medium Size Club in the District for it’s outstanding community and international projects. When he was Polio Chair/Co-chair, the district ranked #1 in the world for Polio Plus contributions. Currently, Jim is Vocational Service Director for his district, and will serve as Assistant Governor of District 5240 in
Steve Cooley, Rotary District 5280 Los Angeles Basin California. The son of an FBI agent, Mr. Cooley joined the District Attorney’s Office in 1973 as a law clerk. Nearly three decades later, he was elected District Attorney in 2000 by a landslide. He was overwhelmingly re-elected four years later. In 2008, he became the first Los Angeles County District Attorney to be re- elected to a third consecutive term in more than 70 years. An Honorary Rotary Club Member since December 2000, Mr. Cooley has been active in the LA 5 Rotary, and presided over the LA 5’s annual “Courageous Citizen Day.” At these events, the District Attorney’s Office and LA 5 joined forces to recognize and commend local residents who have displayed great personal courage in aiding victims of crime, assisting in the apprehension of suspects or coming forward as witnesses. Mr. Cooley also is a Paul Harris Fellow. J.T. Warring, Rotary District 5280 Los Angeles Basin California, a Rotarian since 1974, currently serves Rotary International on a direct appointment as Special Representative of the President and Board of Directors to the Republic of Myanmar. In this role, he is responsible to direct and coordinate Rotary's re-extension into this pivotal Southeast Asian emerging nation, where we once had clubs from 1929 to Since 2005, he founded and led a multi-district Rotary service initiative, "The Rotary Myanmar Orphanages Water Systems Project," recently broadened also to include Buddhist monastery orphanages and villages rebuilt after devastation by Myanmar's cataclysmic 2008 Nargis Cyclone. To date, Rotary has constructed 26 sites under J.T.’s direction.
Eugene J. (Gene) Hernandez, Rotary District 5300 Southern California- Southern Nevada, is a retired police officer having spent 35 years in the profession. He last held the position of Police Chief for the City of Chino. Gene became a Rotarian in 1985 as a member of the Orange North California Club in District He held virtually all positions including Club President and Rotarian of the Year. He became a member of the Chino California Club in 1998 and was that club’s Rotarian of the Year in He assumed the club presidency in At the District level, he is the District Administration Chair, District Training Officer, and District PIO. He was Governor for District 5300 in and has served as past District Board of Directors Chair, immediate past District Governor Selection Committee Chair and the Immediate Past ( ) Chair of the Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee. Gene has travelled extensively for Rotary. He was the 2006 Group Study Exchange Team Leader to Central Europe – District In 2004 and 2012, he participated in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and Hermosillo, Mexico respectively, for Wheelchair distributions. In 2005, he was a team member to Zambia, Africa for a Water Well Project, and he participated on NID Teams to India in 2008, 2010, 2011 and He also served as the 2011 ZONE Institute Support Services Chair and Peace Conference break-out group facilitator
Jim Paddock, Rotary District 5320 Orange County, Southern Los Angeles County, a graduate from the US Naval Academy, has been a member of the Placentia Rotary Club since He served as club president in and has been on the club’s Board of Directors in multiple capacities. He served on several district level boards committees and is the current District Governor nominee for District During his year as President of his Rotarian Club, the club launched a home building project across the border in Mexico. Bob Selinger,, Rotary District 5320 Orange County, Southern Los Angeles County, is an Arizona native. Bob has been a member of the Newport-Irvine, California Rotary Club since A Rotarian since 1972, he originally joined the North Sacramento California Club. With his late wife Jean they hosted over 25 Rotary Youth Exchange students. Bob served as District Youth Exchange Officer for five years and for four years was a Director of the multi-district Rotary Youth Exchange organization called SCANEX. He became a Rotary volunteer in 2006 and has made over 27 trips to Africa. Over the past seven years Bob has raised more than $2 million dollars for projects working with Africans and donor Rotarians world-wide including a hospice in Livingstone, a play park, boreholes throughout Zambia and Zimbabwe, wheelchairs for Zimbabwe and Zambia, restoration of an Old People’s Home, purchase of thousands of mosquito nets, and a project training prostitutes to become seamstresses that empowered graduates with their own sewing machines. In January 2008, Bob received the Rotary “Service above Self “award, only the third person in his District to be so honored. Bob and his late wife Jean believed in Rotary as Paul Harris Society Benefactor members as well as becoming Arch Klumpf Society members in October 2009.
Frank Mata, Rotary District 5330 Riverside and Imperial Counties, is an educator that has been involved with Rotary since he was a junior at Redlands High School. Frank credits being selected by his local Rotary club’s interview panel to attend that year’s Rotary Youth Leadership Awards camp (RYLA) as being one of the major contributors to giving him a real sense of worth. Since then, he has continued to serve at his district’s Rotary Youth Leadership Awards camp as a discussion group leader, staff member, and member of the interview panel. Made an honorary member of the Eastvale Norco Rotary Club, Frank is a prime example of how far and deep a reach Rotary International has on people’s lives Stephen Brown, Rotary District 5340 San Diego County, serves as one of 15 trustees of the Rotary Foundation and holds the position of Vice-Chairman of the Foundation. He served as Governor of Rotary District 5340 (San Diego, CA) during Steve has traveled to Jalalabad, Afghanistan 12 times over the last 10 years developing educational programs for students from primary grades through the university level. These programs often use technology to advance classroom education sometimes involving students communicating with their counterparts around the world through the use of social media such as Facebook and Skype. In addition to receiving grants from the Rotary Foundation to support these programs in Afghanistan, he has arranged for grants from World Bank, USAID, NATO, U.S. Embassy-Kabul and the U.S. Dept. of State. Steve has addressed Rotary audiences regarding The Rotary Foundation in many countries including Swaziland, Kenya, Uganda, Eritrea, Tanzania, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Mexico, UK, New Zealand, The Netherlands, Canada, Germany, United Kingdom, Australia, Russia, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. He has been the primary sponsor contact for Rotary’s humanitarian and education grants in many of these countries. Steve has received The Rotary Foundation’s Citation for Meritorious and the Distinguished Service award. He has also received Rotary International’s Service Above Self Award.
Larry Sundram, Rotary District 5340 San Diego County, immigrated to the United States from India when he was 20. After serving in the United States Marines Corps he embarked on a 30 year career in insurance and was President of Prudential Property and Casualty Company, an insurance company. In service to his community, Larry is a past Board member for the San Diego Water Authority and past President of the Rainbow Municipal Water District. He also has served as a Board Member for the Vista Chamber of Commerce. He volunteers teaching youth and seniors at Vista High School and at Fallbrook Senior Center. As Rotary District 5340 Governor in , Larry is a Presidential Citation winning Governor – one of only 15 in in the world. He is a member of the E-Club of the United Services. Larry has travelled extensively and participated in Rotary projects on several continents. His most touching experiences include participating in two National Immunization Days, serving children milk from a mechanical cow, and leading a Group Study Exchange team. He and Linda enjoy hosting visiting Rotarians and young people from all over the world. Larry is a multiple Paul Harris fellow, Major Donor, Benefactor, Bequest Society Level 6, and a member of the Arch Klumph Society. Brad Sackrider, Rotary District 5500 Southern Arizona, is a member of the Fort Yuma Rotary Club in Arizona. A Rotarian for only two years, his hard work exemplifying Service Above Self is one to be emulated. A business manger, he particularly likes the four objects of Rotary. In is short tenure, he club has named him Rotarian of the Year, he has hosted International students in his home, has become a presenter to spread the work about Rotary and engaging his local press, and, has participated in international service projects in Sierra Leone, Mexico and India. He also is serving as a National Advisor for the Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee.
Paul Geisel, Rotary District 5790 North Central Texas, graduated high school early and started college at 15 years old. Soon after, became a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar and trekked off to New Zealand. Paul has been in Rotary for over 35 years. In , he served as Rotary International District Governor for District 5790 in Texas. He has led Group Study Exchange teams to Argentina and Mexico. He has had the opportunity to share international projects in 20 countries. Paul is a Major Donor, Paul Harris Society Member, and an Arch Klumph member. Over the years Paul has consulted and worked with numerous local, national, and international organizations on issues of race, housing, city management, education, demographic trends, and social economics. He completed over 200 grants that cover a broad spectrum of topics from population characteristics, land use, long range planning, desegregation, and future trends. He is widely published with over 190 articles, monographs, special reports, and books. John Turnbull, Rotary District 6630 Northeast Ohio, joined the Rotary Club of Strongsville in 2009 and is currently the Secretary of the club, and has been involved with increasing the reach of all of the club’s major projects through technology and social media, including the annual Chili Open Golf Classic that has raised more than $2 million over the past 21 years for local and international organizations. John also served as chair of the charity selection committee for the Chili Open for the past two years. The club has also just had a matching grant project with RI approved to build water wells in the Philippines. John Turnbull grew up in the United Kingdom and Switzerland where he attended high school with students from over 90 other countries, and moved to Cleveland, Ohio to attend graduate school. He has his masters in Computer Engineering from Case Western Reserve University.
Kenneth Schuppert, Rotary District 6860 Northern Alabama, joined Rotary in 1982, was President of the Decatur Rotary Club and served as District 6860 Governor. His district duties included Assembly Co-Chairman, Deputy District Governor - Operations, Chair of the Foundation Annual Giving program, and Foundation Coordinator. Ken and Lynn have served as Rotary International President’s Representatives and as Rotary International Training Leaders. Ken has often served as a delegate and/or participant to the Rotary Councils on Legislation, served as a Rotary International Regional Membership Coordinator, and as Zone 30 Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator. He is currently serving as a Member of the Rotary International Communications Committee and now as Vice Chair for On the Zone level, Ken and Lynn have been on the Executive Committee as Program Chair, as Arrangements Chair, as Governor- Elect Training Seminar leaders, as Institute Vice-Chair and as Institute General Chair. Ken is serving as a Director of Rotary International for , a member of the Rotary International Strategic Planning Committee for , Board Liaison to Constitution and Bylaws Committees for and Chair the Rotary International Board Council on Legislation Advisory Committee for , and is the Rotary International Vice-President for Ken was named an Outstanding Young Alabamian in 1989, and was presented The Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service in 2000, the Rotary International Four Avenues of Service Citation in 2001, and The Rotary Foundation’s Distinguished Service Award in 2006.
Rotary Rose Float Committee at LA 5 Rotary Club with the 2013 Rose Queen and her Court. Thank you to all those involved in volunteering with the 2013 Rotary Float, promoting the message “Peace Through Service” to over 300 million viewers on New Years Day. We celebrate and thank all of our Rotarian volunteers throughout the globe.
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