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
Rotary Clubs and Districts in North America
provide all of the funds to build the float. No funds are
received from Rotary International.
Winner of the 2017 PRINCESSES’
TROPHY Most beautiful float 35’ and under
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.
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
From:The Rotary Rose Parade Float
To:Rotary International and The
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.
Skaggs 2016-2017 Chair, Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee
Larry Skaggs, Chair, 2017 Float Rotary
Rose Parade Float Committee, Inc. P.O. Box 92502 Pasadena, CA