Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee

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2015 Float
Changing Lives Through Clean Water

Message from the Rotary International President


In this Rotary year, I’ve seen so many Rotarians find so many great ways to Light Up Rotary. Of all of them, there is no question in my mind that the Rose Parade float is one of the very best!

It’s a unique and wonderful way to let the whole country, and so much of the world, see what a great organization Rotary is. A Rose Parade float isn’t the place to explain a complicated idea, or educate the world on all of Rotary’s work. But it is the perfect place to do something very simple and important: raise awareness.

Every year, your hard work helps to raise awareness of Rotary. And this year, you’ve used the float to raise awareness of how Rotary “Changes Lives through Clean Water.” Because of your efforts, millions of people have heard and seen this message. I want to thank all of you for everything you have done, through the Rose Parade float, to Light Up Rotary!

Gary C.K. Huang - Rotary International President

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The Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee’s Ninety Second Gift to Rotary

As Chair of the Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee, I am given the opportunity to promote that part of my life I call Rotary to the world in forty-five to ninety seconds. As Rotarians we change people’s lives and give them hope where there is none. Many times in order to achieve our goals we must find a way to have people of different backgrounds sit down at the table and negotiate a safe environment for our volunteers to work. This year’s entry will highlight Rotary’s efforts to create a more peaceful world.

Since Rotary returned to the Tournament of Roses Parade in 1980, the New Year’s Day pageant has become a highlight on the Rotary calendar. Seen in Pasadena by over 700,000 people, television coverage of the floral extravaganza reaches about 80 million more around the world, providing Rotary with the valuable opportunity to showcase our programs and activities.

“Be A Gift To The World” will be RI President, Ravi Ravindran’s theme for this year. The Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee is a gift to Rotary. Although the float is not a project of Rotary International, the success of the float is a tribute to the dedication of the Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee consisting of volunteer Rotarians from across North America. Our efforts, supported entirely by voluntary financial contributions from Rotary clubs across the United States and Canada, 2016 will make this the 37th consecutive entry in the Tournament of Roses Parade. The Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee is proud to provide this Rotary recognition campaign tool as a gift to Rotary International and the 1.2 million Rotarians who dedicate our lives to making a positive difference in that place someone calls home.

Yours In Rotary Service,
Walt Stephens,
2016 Rotary Rose Parade
Float Committee Chair


Walt Stephens, Chair, 2016
Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee, Inc.
P.O. Box 92502
Pasadena, CA 91109-2502

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What's New....

Riders and Outwalkers page updated for 2015 float.

Construction photos of the 2015 Float added.

Media Room page updated

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