Welcome to the Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee's online Media Room.
Here you will find the latest press releases, photographs, media contact
information and links to valuable resources for the 2014 float.
Rotary Rose Parade
Float Committee Press Contact:
Learn more about riders Peter
Salk, MD and Deborah Sabin
personal statement from Deborah Sabin as she shares why she is
riding the float this year.
personal statement from Peter Salk, MD as he shares why he is riding
the float this year.
Rotary's commitment to
eradicate polio is showcased in the 2014 Tournament of Roses parade.
Rose Parade Float Committee, Inc.
“Engage Rotary, Change Lives”
Click here to
view the 2014 float rendering, "Engage
Rotary, Change Lives" (High
Resolution version for publication)
You will find photos of the 2014 float, "Engage
Rotary, Change Lives"
You will find photos of the past
Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee floats here.
How/Why was this theme chosen? Our float theme (or
name) is Rotary International President Ron Burton’s theme for the
Rotary year 2013/14 – “Engage Rotary, Change Lives.”
How does the float
theme relate to theme of the Tournament of Rose 2014 Parade?
The 2014 Tournament of Roses Theme is “Dreams Come True.” Rotary
International President Ron Burton and all Rotarians have the same
dream – the eradication of polio. By engaging this dream, Rotarians
will not only change the lives of those in the three countries where
polio still exists, but change the world from one where polio
continues to a Polio Free World.
Rotary’s top philanthropic
goal is to eradicate polio worldwide. “Engage Rotary, Change Lives”
relates to this effort; when Rotarians are engaged in this large of a
task, our dream of our polio free world will change lives worldwide
for the better. When our volunteers across the globe experience the
smiles of healthy children and adults walking on their healthy limbs,
we know that our dream is becoming a reality. The float’s delightful
and engaging train, which is this close to crossing the bridge,
reflects the hopes and optimism of Rotarians worldwide and Rotary’s
“This Close” public awareness campaign to end polio.
1985, Rotary and its partners have helped reduce the number of annual
cases of polio from 350,000 to fewer than 250 and remain committed
until every child is safe from the disease. Rotary has contributed
more than US$1 billion and countless volunteer hours to protect more
than 2 billion children in 122 countries. In addition, Rotary’s
advocacy efforts have played a role in decisions by donor governments
to contribute over $9 billion to the effort. Today, there are only
three countries that have never stopped transmission of the wild
poliovirus: Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan. Fewer than 250 polio
cases were reported worldwide in 2012, which is a 99% reduction since
the 1980s, when the world saw about 1,000 cases per day. If we don't
stay the course, experts say polio could rebound to 10 million cases
in the next 40 years. The polio cases represented by the remaining one
percent are the most difficult to prevent, due to factors including
geographical isolation, poor public infrastructure, armed conflict and
cultural barriers. Until polio is eradicated, all countries remain at
risk of outbreaks.
Brief Rotary Overview:
Rotary brings together a global network of volunteer leaders who
dedicate their time and talent to tackle the world’s most pressing
humanitarian challenges. Rotary connects 1.2 million members from more
than 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work impacts lives at
both the local and international levels, from helping families in need
in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world.
More than one million Rotary members have donated their time and
personal resources to end polio. Every year, hundreds of Rotary
members work side-by-side with health workers to vaccinate children in
polio-affected countries. Rotarians work with partners like UNICEF to
prepare and distribute mass communication tools to share the message
with those isolated by conflict, geography, or poverty. Rotary members
also recruit fellow volunteers, assist with transporting the vaccine,
and provide other logistical support.
We are proud to share our
2014 float participants with you. There will be eight riders and five
outwalkers. Complete biographies and photographs can be found
- A member of the Burbank Sunrise Rotary and is active in youth
exchange and adult exchange (Group Study Exchange). To date, she has
home hosted more than 20 students and more than 30 adults from around
Brainerd – A Rotarian from Newport Beach, CA, John traveled to
Myanmar where visits to orphanages inspired him to work with a fellow
Rotarian, J.T. Warring, to develop water gathering systems for these
– A Rotarian from Fallbrook, CA, Dave, whose mother was a polio
survivor, administered polio vaccine to children in India during a
Polio National Immunization Day.
Ron Burton and his wife Jetta
– A Rotarian from Norman, Oklahoma, Ron is the Rotary International
Garrett-Roe – A Rotarian from Corpus Christi, FL, Anita supports
the Rotary Honduras Clean Water Project.
Shirley J. Giltzow Ed.D –
A Rotarian from Lawndale, CA, Shirley was her district’s Polio Plus
Chair from 2009-2013. With strong support from Rotary International
and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, she has submitted a request
to have an End Polio Now postage stamp issued by the United States
Hansen - A Rotarian from Boulder City, NV, Bert is visually
impaired and manages a thriving facility at Hoover Dam called The High
Hassan Kheradmandan – A Rotarian from Pasadena, CA, Hassan
participated in many Rotary International projects including projects
in Cambodia, India and Mexico.
Cris Meier - A Rotarian from Iowa
City, IA, Cris hiked the Pacific Crest Trail, which runs from Mexico
to Canada, to bring awareness to polio eradication efforts by Rotary
and raise funds for PolioPlus. The 2,650 mile hike took roughly six
months to complete.
Luz Maria Ortiz-Smith
– A Rotarian from Santa Barbara, CA, Luz Maria has traveled to India to
participate in two Polio National Immunization Campaigns and
Pearce – A Rotarian from East Wichita, KS, Sue is currently
District Governor for District 5690.
is currently the District Governor for Rotary District 5190. She
joined Sparks Rotary in 1992 as the first female member of the club.
Vicki and her husband Tim participated in a National Immunization Day
for polio eradication in northern India.
Deborah Sabin – From Portland,
OR, Debbe is the oldest daughter of Albert Sabin, M.D. developer of
the Oral Polio Vaccine.
Peter L. Salk, MD – From
San Diego, CA, Peter is the oldest son of Jonas Salk who developed the
first successful polio vaccine.
Daniel Thomas - A Rotarian
from Chino Hills, CA, Daniel has been an active member of the Rotary
Rose Parade Float Committee as the Volunteer Coordinator and is the
committee's incoming chair for the 2015 Tournament of Rose Parade.
About the Rotary Rose Parade Float
The Rotary Rose Parade Float
Committee is composed of over 100 individual Rotarians from over 35
Districts and has seven sponsoring Districts. The goal of the committee is
to promote Rotary International to a worldwide audience by presenting a
Float in the Tournament of Roses Parade.
The committee works throughout the year
raising funds from Rotary Clubs within the USA and Canada and
individual Rotarians, choosing a float design, and selecting the theme
for the float which corresponds with the theme for the Rose Parade and
Rotary International's theme for that year.
The Committee also works with over
1,000 other Rotary volunteers to decorate the float with all organic
The Rotary Rose Parade Float
Committee is supported primarily by these seven Rotary districts:
District 5230 covering Central
District 5240 covering Ventura,
Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Kern Counties
District 5280 covering Los
District 5300 covering Southern
California and Southern Nevada
District 5320 covering Orange
County and Southern Los Angeles Counties
District 5330 covering
Riverside and Imperial Counties
District 5340 covering San
International's campaign to eradicate polio:
Learn more about Rotary's
efforts to eradicate polio here
Check out an infographic on the
status of polio eradication
About the World's Biggest
Rotary International is inviting everyone to
participate in the World's Biggest Commercial, promoting the
global effort to eradicate polio. Join Jane Goodall, Archbishop
Desmond Tutu, Bill Gates, Jackie Chan, Amanda Peet, and other
internationally known figures in Rotary's “This Close” campaign to
raise awareness and support for polio eradication. Upload a selfie
as you make the “this close” symbol with your hand. Go to
http://thisclose.endpolio.org/en to post your selfie in
the World’s Biggest Commercial. It’s quick, it’s easy, and it’s
Useful Websites for
End Polio Now
International Media Center
Pasadena Tournament of Roses
Rotary Rose Parade
Float Committee Press Contact: