Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee

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  John Germ, Rotary International President said "Today, our work on Rotary's public image is more important than ever.  The work of Rotarians on the Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee is a good example of Rotary creativity and resourcefulness."

Did you see the Committee's ad in the December, 2016, Rotarian Magazine?

Rotary Clubs and Districts in North America provide all of the funds to build the float.  No funds are received from Rotary International.

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2017 Float
Doing Good in the World

The 2017 Float promotes and celebrates the 100 years of The Rotary Foundation. The Foundation empowers Rotarians to travel throughout the world and create and complete projects which serve people in need in six areas of focus which are: promoting peace, fighting disease, providing clean water, saving mothers and children, supporting education, and growing local economies.  The spectacular and colorful dragon is clearly a world traveler carrying luggage decorated with the six symbols of the areas of focus.  The Dragon also is proudly wearing a necklace with a medallion marked 100 for the 100 years of service.

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Rotary International President John Germ  with Rotary Float Committee Chairs

The Rotary International President John Germ, center, with Walt Stephens 2016 Commitee Chair, left and Larry Skaggs, 2017 Committee Chair

From: The Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee

To: Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation

Subject: Rotary Serving Humanity

Congratulations to Rotary International and specifically to The Rotary Foundation as you celebrate your centennial anniversary. In 2016-17, The Rotary Foundation turns 100. That’s a century of Rotary members serving humanity, changing lives and improving communities all over the world. So it is definitely worth celebrating! Through the backing of The Foundation, Rotary members have supported countless projects which provide clean water, fight disease, promote peace, provide basic education, and grow local economies. Rotary has also been a leader in the fight to eradicate polio worldwide. Arch Klumpf, the founder of The Rotary Foundation said, “We should not live for ourselves alone, but for the joy in doing good for others.”  Rotarians follow that direction every day by following out motto of “Service Above Self.”

The Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee was thrilled to learn that the Tournament of Roses theme for the 2017 parade is “Echoes of Success,” honoring those who contribute to the success of others.

The theme of our 2017 Float is the Centennial Celebration Theme "Doing Good in the World." Rotary Communications and the committee selected this theme to emphasize and iterate the Centennial Celebration with the Celebration of the New Year 2017 in the Tournament of Roses, Rose Parade.

Our annual participation in the Rose Parade is unquestionably the highest visibility Rotary promotion in the world.

According to the Pasadena Tournament of Roses 2016 statistics, 70 million US and international households viewed the parade on television; and over 700,000 attended the 2016 Rose Parade. 

People in 243 countries and territories viewed the parade.  It is nearly impossible to estimate how many people saw and heard something about Rotary. What an outstanding opportunity to promote Rotary to the world!

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. Our efforts, supported entirely by voluntary contributions from Rotary districts, clubs and individuals across the United States and Canada, will make this the 38th consecutive Rotary entry in the Tournament of Roses parade.

The Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee is proud to provide this recognition opportunity as a gift to Rotary International, The Rotary Foundation and the 1.2 million Rotarians who continue to “serve humanity” each and every day.

Thank you for the opportunity to serve.

Larry Skaggs
Chair, Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee


Larry Skaggs, Chair, 2017 Float
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What's New....

Riders and Outwalkers page updated.

Decorator Signups begin.

Decoration schedule posted on Decoration Schedule page.  Signups start September 10, 2016 at 8am.

Added International Service Club President's Summit page

Rotary and Tournament of Roses Themes announced.  See News page