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Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee's online Media Room. Here you will
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Brief Overview of Rotary International
International 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.
Founded in 1905, the mission of Rotary International is to provide
service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding,
goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional,
and community leaders. Every Rotarian lives the Rotary
motto, “Service about Self.”
Rotarians contribute their time, energy
and passion to sustainable, long-term projects in local communities
across the globe. Projects focus on important issues like peace and
conflict resolution, disease prevention and treatment, water and
sanitation, maternal and child health, basic education and literacy
and economic and community development.
Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee Tournament of Roses Float Entry
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.
Objectives/Goals for Participation in the Tournament of Roses Parade
Our participation in the annual Rose Parade is
perhaps the highest visibility for Rotary promotion in the world.
Millions of people in the United States
and Canada and millions more around the globe will view our 2015
entry, “Changing Lives Through Clean Water.”
From supplying water filters to families
living near the polluted Rimac River in Lima, Peru to drilling
boreholes and installing hand pumps on wells in Ghana to provide water
for dinking, washing and flushing toilets, or building water towers to
provide clean water for orphanages in Myanmar, Rotarians work daily on
significant and life changing projects.
Through this exposure, we seek additional
partners to join the effort to ensure people around the world access
to sanitation and clean water.
Lives Through Clean Water
How/Why Name Was Chosen
This year’s Float name
"Changing Lives through Clean Water" was chosen to tell the world
about Rotary's successful projects to provide clean water throughout
The Float shows a water well
with candles lighting the way to clean water.
This is just one of many ways that we
International’s President Gary Huang’s theme for 2014-2015
of “Light Up Rotary.”
provide water and sanitation to needy world-wide populations.
project is a spark that will inspire others to do provide another
spark that will “Light Up Rotary.”
How Float Theme Relates to Parade Theme
International President Gary Huang’s theme is “Light Up Rotary.” The
Tournament of Roses Parade’s theme is “Inspiring Stories.” One of
Rotary’s most inspiring stories, and one of Rotary’s areas of focus,
is the work we do around the world to bring clean water and sanitation
to millions of those who lack these basic and vital resources. More
than 2.5 billion people lack access to adequate sanitation facilities.
It is reported that at least 3,000 children die each day from
diarrheal diseases caused by unsafe water.
With this in mind the name
of our 2015 float entry is “Changing Lives Through Clean Water.” Many
Rotary clubs participate in water projects around the world.
The live audience at the parade route and
the millions of television and web viewers will learn the float riders
and outwalker’s inspiring stories as each have participated in a water
service project in far-reaching areas of the globe.
Rider and Outwalker Information
The 2015 float will feature eight riders and
eight outwalkers wearing native costumes representing the countries in
which Rotary provides sanitation and clean water projects. Complete
biographies and photographs of the riders and outwalkers can be found
About the Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee
The Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee is composed of over 100
individual Rotarians from over 35 Districts and has six sponsoring
goal of the committee is to promote Rotary International to a
worldwide audience by presenting a Float in the Tournament of Roses
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 that 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 materials.
The Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee is supported primarily by these
six Rotary districts: