Decorators-Where Do They Live?
Float Riders and
Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee
The Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee Inc. presents
“Changing Lives Through Clean Water” as the theme of our
January 1, 2015 float.
This year the Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee’s entry into the 2015
Tournament of Roses parade focuses on our projects that give
communities the ability to develop and maintain sustainable water and
sanitation systems and support studies related to water and
For millions of people
throughout Africa, Asia and Latin America, getting clean water is a
In fact, more than 80% of all sickness in the
world is attributed to unsafe water. Nearly 1 billion people are
without access to improved water sources and every 8 seconds, a child
dies because of this crisis. Rotary Club members join together
to provide clean water and sanitation to literally save lives!
The need is significant:
Proper hand washing with soap and water
can reduce diarrhea cases by up to 50 percent.
783 million people don’t have clean
Six hours per day is spent by women in
some rural parts of Africa collecting water from a remote source.
Primary activities undertaken by Rotary Clubs seek to: Improve
sanitation facilities by providing toilets and latrines that flush
into a sewer or safe enclosure; Promote good hygiene habits through
education; Implement rain water harvesting systems to collect and
store rainwater for drinking or recharging underground aquifers; and,
Build wells to extract groundwater from underground aquifers.
Rotary Club volunteers will be “Float Participants” on our 2015
float - some will be riding on the float and several more will
be walking alongside the float.
Float Riders and Outwalkers
Gary C. K. Huang, Rotary International President and Corinna
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Lisa Faith Massey
Melody St. John
Edwin A. Velarde
Rotary District 3480
Rotary International President
Gary C. K. Huang, Rotary International President and Corinna
Gary C.K. Huang is a member of the Rotary Club of Taipei,
Taiwan, and is an adviser for Wah Lee Industrial Corp. and Bank
of Panhsin, and is director of Federal Corporation and Sunty
Development Co. Ltd. He previously was president of Malayan
Overseas Insurance Co. and chair of Taiwan Sogo Shinkong
Security Co. Ltd.
A Rotarian since 1976, Huang has served
RI as vice-president, director, Foundation trustee,
International Assembly group discussion leader, regional session
leader, task force member and coordinator, committee member and
chair, and district governor. He also was chair of the 2014
International Assembly Committee; adviser for the Permanent Fund
Committee for Taiwan, Macau, and Hong Kong; and PolioPlus
advocacy adviser for Taiwan.
He has been instrumental in
membership development throughout Asia. As a Rotary Foundation
trustee, Huang set the goal of recruiting 100 new Major Donors
in Taiwan to celebrate Rotary's centennial; the result was the
addition of 106 Major Donors in 2005 and 103 in 2006, who
contributed more than $2 million to the Foundation's Annual
Huang wrote about his experiences in business and
Rotary in his book, "Finding Solutions, Not Excuses." He
received the Civic Service Award of the Federation of Non-Profit
Associations and the Outstanding Community Service Award from
Taiwan's Ministry of the Interior. In 2001, when the Rotary
International Convention was held in San Antonio, Texas, USA, he
was named the city's honorary mayor.
Huang is a recipient
of the Rotary International Service Above Self Award and
Presidential Citation and The Rotary Foundation's Citation for
Meritorious Service and Distinguished Service Award.
Rotary District 5190
Northern Nevada and Northeastern California
Joe Z (as he is fondly known) grew up in the West Los
Angeles area of Southern California. He attended USC studying
Accounting and Economics and started his professional life as a
financial advisor with EF Hutton and then Paine Webber. A
self-taught computer programmer Joe moved to Las Vegas in 1993
and started Unique Software Applications, developing custom
solutions for a variety of industries. It was in 1999 that Joe
relocated to his favorite vacation spot, the South Shore at Lake
Tahoe. He formed Affordable Business Services and expanded his
offerings to include Credit Card Processing and other business
A Rotarian since 2004 with the Tahoe-Douglas
Rotary Club, Joe served as their Club President in 2007-2008 .
Joe served as the Assistant Governor for Area 9 from
2010-13 while also participating on many District Committees.
During the 2011-12 Rotary year Joe formed and chaired a new
District Committee dedicated to advancing Rotarian endeavors
through the use of Technology. Joe and his team completed the
adoption and conversion to ClubRunner as the District website,
grants portal and main communication tool. Other advances
include the frequent use of online meetings, the forming of a
social media committee and the adoption of a cloud based
District File Server.
Joe is married to Cheryl, a
certified Bookkeeper, who is also a dedicated Rotarian. Cheryl
has previously served as our District Treasurer, a role she will
resume in 2015.
The Z’s are committed to the Rotary
Foundation as together they are Major Donors, Benefactor
supporters and members of the Bequest Society. Joe is also a
Paul Harris Society member.
Joe and Cheryl enjoy visiting
Cheryl’s daughter Kim, attending concerts and all things
Rotary District 5240
Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Kern Counties
Edwin A. Velarde
Edwin is a proud member of Rotary Club of Westlake Village
since 1994 where he served as President in 2012-2013, held
positions as Chair of International Service and Chair of Rotary
Currently, Velarde is the President of Rotary
District 5240 Charitable Foundation, District Chair of
Fundraising for Polio Plus and District Water Projects Adviser.
Earlier in 2014-2015, he conceptualized and organized The EPiC
Challenge, presented by Rotary District 5240, a 200K cycling
event to benefit Rotary’s Polio Plus Program.
developed and managed Rotary humanitarian projects in the
Philippines. “Changing Lives through Wheelchairs” providing
mobility for the physically challenged and “Investment for the
Future” that helped a super-typhoon damaged school by providing
math, science & technical books, a computer lab and latrines.
Partnering with Rotary Club of Makati South, Velarde
developed “Water for Life and Health in Marinduque Island”.
Coordinating with the local government and engaging local
Filipino workers, this project provides clean water access to
hundreds of poor families in 8 villages in Marinduque Island and
4 villages in Pampanga Province. Waterborne diseases are now
being prevented from infecting many families and young children
improving the quality of their lives and their health.
cooperation with Rotary Club of Westlake Village and the City of
Westlake Village, for 5 years Velarde is the organizer of
Run/Walk for Global Clean Water in Westlake Village, California,
creating awareness on the global water crisis in the community
and helped support Rotary clean water projects in countries such
as Thailand and Honduras.
Married with 3 children
Merielle(25), Conner(22) and Davis(18), Edwin and his beautiful
wife Cristina live in Ventura County where they own and operate
Oak Park Family Dentistry.
Born and raised in Manila,
Philippines and came to the United States at age 15, Velarde is
very familiar and lived through the challenges of water scarcity
and questionable water quality. He is a strong advocate of one
of Rotary’s 6 Areas of Focus – Water and Sanitation.
Rotary District 5280
Melody St. John
Melody St. John has been involved with Rotary practically
throughout her entire life, dating back to when her father
was a Rotarian in South Dakota. Fast forward to Los Angeles,
California, present day, where she utilizes her passion for
youth programs and community service projects along with her
husband Paul St.
A member and Past President of the
Rotary Club of Hollywood, St. John is involved in a number of
District activities and positions including Chief of Staff to
current District Governor, Elsa Gillham. She is the Managing
Director of SCANEX, the multi-district international Rotary high
school youth exchange program, working with over 100 students
St. John has been involved in six district
humanitarian trips where water projects were delivered. These
projects include but aren’t limited to clean water for schools,
bio-sand filters, hydroponic systems and construction of a
reservoir in countries including Colombia, Ecuador, Dominican
Republic, and Costa Rica. St. John is part of the team
that will be delivering this year’s project to Guatemala in
Rotary District 5300
Southern California-Southern Nevada
Clive was born and raised in Zimbabwe, Africa where he saw
first-hand the tremendous problems the lack of clean drinking
water can have on a third-world population. He came to the
United States at the age of seventeen and served three years in
the United States Marine Corps and then went on to university to
study business, technology, and education, culminating in a
Doctorate in Educational Leadership in 2002. He is currently the
Vice President of Facilities & Technology for the University of
La Verne in Southern California, where he has worked for almost
18 years. The values of the University of La Verne closely match
those of Rotary in terms of service and community
engagement/outreach and the University has been a strong
supporter of his Rotary activities.
A proud member of
Rotary since April 2004, Clive was Rotarian of the Year for the
Rotary Club of Pomona in 2005/2006 and served as President in
2006/2007. He served a number of years as Chair of International
Projects for the club and is in his third year as club
Foundation Chair. With a passion for clean water projects, Clive
has made more than 120 presentations to Rotary Clubs in and out
of his District. He has initiated, led and helped with dozens of
humanitarian clean water projects around the world and has taken
Rotarians to project sites in Africa to see the impact they
have. Clive was District Grants Chair for a number of years and
has served in the role of District 5300 Chair for International
Clean Water Initiatives for much of his time in Rotary.
In 2013/2014, Clive helped pilot a District Global Grant water
and sanitation project in Burkina Faso in partnership with the
Cirque du Soleil’s One Drop foundation. Following the project’s
success, he worked with the leadership of WASRAG (Water and
Sanitation Rotary Action Group) and One Drop to develop a formal
partnership between Rotary and the One Drop foundation. A trip
to Mali, Africa earlier this year with representatives from each
organization helped identify potential project sites and
culminated in an agreement to jointly conduct up to $20 million
in water and sanitation projects in that country over the next
five years. A strong supporter and advocate for The Rotary
Foundation, Clive encourages all Rotarians to make TRF their
charity of choice and water projects their project of choice.
Rotary District 5320
County, Southern Los Angeles County
Ian is a member of the
Rotary Club of Yorba Linda Sunrise and Governor Elect 2017-2018
Ian graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in
biological sciences from the University of the Witwatersrand in
Johannesburg, South Africa. He then went on to qualify as a
Science and Biology teacher at the Johannesburg College of
Education. Despite the enjoyment of teaching, Ian was lured into
the pharmaceutical industry and became a Medical Representative
for a local company. This provided him with many of the
fundamentals in working with multiple layers of management and
being of support to medical practitioners through provision of
useful, published information. The opportunity arose to join a
US based company (Ethnor) and Ian built the business, becoming a
Regional Manager. He then became a Product Manager for Lederle
in South Africa, where the team collaborated to build a major
product into the market leader in the country. This brought him
to the attention of head office in New Jersey, leading the
family to be relocated to the USA in 1983.
Ian was moved
into managing an oncology product for Lederle, which the team
commercialized globally. This was the first of several major
multinational programs, which also provided the opportunity of
significant travel and collaborating with multiple nationalities
and cultures globally. The opportunity arose for the family to
spend a year in Stockholm, Sweden, where the children
experienced the British Primary School with many other
expatriate children and Janet experienced tea and events with
Ambassador’s wives. It was rather fun as a family to attend
birthday parties at the American Embassy, as well as
Thanksgiving, along with Christmas parties at the Canadian
On return the United States, Ian led the
International oncology efforts to multiple successes. Everything
had to be dealt with through integrity and validation. It
transpires the business success was based off the “Four Way
test”, although Rotary was yet to become a force in the family’s
Rotary beckoned in 1986, when Ian was invited to
join the Oakland, NJ Rotary Club. This was fun and there were
many fundraising activities. However, the opportunity to join
Allergan in California arose, where Ian was privileged to
commercialize Botox® for Allergan on a named-patient basis in
the EU. During this time, he became a member of the Mission
Viejo Rotary Club and a Paul Harris Fellow. Fast forward to
joining the Yorba Linda Sunrise Rotary club some 22 years ago.
Shortly after that Ian was elected to the Board and was
President 1996-1997. He has since been very active both at the
club level and District level, having chaired many major events,
culminating in XO to PDG Lorman and Rotarian of the Year.
Ian and wife Janet have enjoyed a tremendous amount of
international travel and experiences, with many photographic
safari’s in southern Africa, as well as International Rotary
Conferences in Barcelona, Singapore and locally (Los Angeles).
Ian and Janet are active gardeners, photographers and hikers,
enjoy supporting Rotary events and have a superb time cooking
and enjoying good wines with friends. They empty nesters, with
Clifford a physicist in Applied Physics at the Max Planck
Institute in Dresden, Germany, CarolAnne living with husband
Michael in Bethel (Danbury) CT, where she is studying Physical
Therapy, and Lesley, an interior designer, living with her
husband Michael in Santa Ana.
Rotary District 5330
Inland Empire, Southern California
Jennifer joined Rotary in June of 2011. She is currently
serving as president of the Temecula Valley New Generations
Rotary club. The “New Gen” Rotary is a unique rotary club that
is geared toward attracting members who are 18-40 years old. The
goal of the New Gen club is to help bridge the gap between high
school Interact members and Rotary clubs with older members when
a Roteract club is not available. The Temecula New Gen Rotary is
the only one of its kind within District 5330. Jennifer has held
many positions within her club including public relations chair,
membership chair, youth services chair and she completed the
three years of training required to become president.
When the New Gen club was approached by the Rotary Club of
Onitsha Gateway from District 9140 in Nigeria asking for help to
provide a school and surrounding community with access to clean
water, Jennifer was unsure if they would be able to raise the
funds needed in order to complete the project. After seeing the
pictures of the school children and learning about the condition
of the water they receive to drink every day, Jennifer decided
to enlist the help of other presidents within District 5330 to
help procure the funding. By joining forces with 2 of her club
members and 9 other clubs in the district they raised the funds
needed to complete the project that will supply 500 students a
day with clean water.
Outside of her busy rotary
schedule, Jennifer enjoys traveling with her husband. Jennifer
works as an office manager at Temecula Chiropractic and at their
satellite location of Lake Elsinore Chiropractic where she feels
the most rewarding part of her job is being able to help people
on a daily basis.
Rotary District 5340
San Diego, Imperial, and parts of Riverside Counties
Rotary District 5890
Greater Houston Area
Lisa Faith Massey
The Rotary Rose Parade Float is
not an official Rotary International program.