Rotary Rose Parade Float
Quick Float Facts
Rotary's commitment to local and international humanitarian service is showcased in the 2013 Tournament of Roses Parade.
Sponsor: Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee, Inc.
Float Title: “All the Places We Go”
Float Highlights: A central world globe represents the community and global service contributed by Rotary’s international network of 1.2 million volunteers. As the globe spins and gears turn, lotus and cherry blossoms and giant origami “peace cranes” will inform the millions of parade viewers around the world of Rotary’s commitment to peace through service.
More information about the float, its dimensions and floral design can be found here.
The Press Brochure contains our float's executive summary - its theme, riders and story ideas, click here.
About the Rotary Rose Parade Float
The Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee is managed primarily by these seven Rotary districts:
Rider and Outwalker Information
Steve Cooley, a Rotarian and retired Los Angeles County District Attorney
Paul Geisel, a Rotarian from Texas and the grand nephew of Theodore Geisel, “Dr. Seuss”
Shirley Grace, from Fresno, California, travels to Mexico with a team of doctors, nurses, dentists and optometrists to provide health care services for needy children
Gene Hernandez, from Chino, California, travels for the Rotary PolioPlus program to India and participates in polio eradication efforts during National Immunization Day
Jim Lewis, from Moorpark, California is a polio survivor and through the Rotary PolioPlus program, travels to India and participates in Rotary’s National Immunization Day
Frank Mata, from Norco, California, is active in the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards camp
Jim Paddock, from Placentia, California has been active in building homes for the needy in Mexico
Brad Sackrider from Fort Yuma, Arizona has participated in international service projects in Sierra Leone, Mexico and India
Ken Schuppert, a Rotarian from Decatur, Alabama, is a Rotarian International Vice President
Bob Selinger, from Newport Beach, California has raised more than $2 million dollars for projects working with Africans including a project training prostitutes to become seamstresses that empowered graduates with their own sewing machines.
from San Diego, California, has travelled to India to participate in
the Rotary polio eradication efforts during National Immunization Day
John Turnbull from Strongsville, Ohio has helped fund water projects in the Philippines
Sam “Woody” Willbanks from Loyalton California is active with the Rotary Youth Leadership Exchange
Past Float Facts
Learn more about Rotary's efforts to eradicate polio here.
Review Rotary's fact sheet about polio.
Take a look at this infographic about the End Polio Campaign.
About the World's Biggest Commercial
Rotary International is inviting all supporters to participate in the World's Biggest Commercial, promoting the global effort to eradicate polio. Join Jane Goodall – Grand Marshall of the 2013 Tournament of Roses Parade - Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Bill Gates, Jackie Chan, Amanda Peet, and other internationally known figures and participate in Rotary's This Close campaign to raise awareness and support for polio eradication. Upload a photo of yourself making the “this close” gesture. Go to www.endpolionow.org and follow the prompts to the World’s Biggest Commercial. Participate in the World’s Biggest Commercial and support the This Close campaign. It’s quick, it’s easy, and it’s important!
About Rotary Peace Centers
Learn more about Rotary Peace Centers here
The Rotary Rose Parade Float is not an official Rotary International program.