Welcome to the
Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee's online Media Room. Here you will
find information and valuable resources for the 2017 float.
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.
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
Objectives/Goals for Participation in the Tournament of Roses Parade
participation in the annual Rose Parade is perhaps the highest
visibility for Rotary promotion in the world. According to the
Pasadena Tournament of Roses Statistics, in the USA 41.48 households; Internationally 28 million
households viewed the
parade on television; and, over 700,000 attended the 2016 Rose Parade.
The 2016 Rose Parade was viewed in 243 countries/territories. An
international public relations project beyond compare.
Parade Float Committee Tournament of Roses Float Entry
The Rotary Rose
Parade Float Committee is proud to submit its 38th consecutive entry
in the Pasadena Tournament of Roses, Rose Parade on January 2, 2017.
This colorful traveling dragon carries the six areas of focus
throughout the world as shown in the luggage decals and wears a 100
year medallion. This design blends the Tournament of Roses theme
“Echoes of Success” honoring those individuals who and entities which
have contributed to the success of others with the Rotary Foundation
Centennial Celebration theme “Doing Good in the World” which is also
the theme of the Float.
Rotary Foundation’s 100th Celebration Year – 2017
The RRPFC was
thrilled to learn that the Tournament of Roses theme for the 2017 Rose
Parade is “Echoes of Success” honoring those who contribute to the
success of others. Arch Klumpf, the founder of Rotary’s Foundation,
said: “We should not live for ourselves alone, but for the joy in
doing good for others.” Arch Klumph’s idea for an endowment fund
dedicated to “doing good in the world” planted the seed of The Rotary
Foundation in 1917. Thanks to his vision and staunch advocacy, and the
extraordinary generosity of Rotary members worldwide, that fund has
become one of the world’s leading humanitarian foundations.
In 2016-17, our
Rotary Foundation turns 100. That’s a century of Rotary members
changing lives and improving communities all over the world. And
that’s definitely something worth celebrating. Through the Foundation,
Rotary members have supported thousands of projects to 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.
To mark this
historic year, the Foundation has set a goal of $300 million,
including contributions to the Annual, Endowment, and PolioPlus funds.
These funds will empower Rotary members to continue fighting disease,
reducing poverty, providing clean water, promoting peace, and
advancing economic development in communities all over the world.
“Now is the
time to enable our Foundation to serve humanity for centuries to come,
by making sure it is financially strong and remains recognized
internationally for its good work.”
Trustee Chair Kalyan Banerjee
How better to
achieve international recognition than with our Float in the Rose
Parade which is broadcast to over 243 countries/territories throughout
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.
Rider and Outwalker Information
The 2017 float
will feature four riders and at least eight outwalkers representing
Rotarians who have donated to The Rotary Foundation and have participated in
at least one project funded by The Foundation. Complete biographies
and photographs of the riders and outwalkers are available on the
Riders and Outwalkers page. We are
again honored to have as a Float rider 2016-2017 RI President John
Germ and his wife Judy!
the Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee
The Rotary Rose
Parade Float Committee is composed of over 75 individual Rotarians
from over 35 Districts and has six sustaining and two 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. This year we are promoting the
Rotary Foundation Centennial Celebration of 100 years of Achievement!
The committee works throughout the year raising funds from Rotary
Clubs and individual Rotarians within USA and Canada, 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 800 Rotary Family
volunteers to decorate the float with all organic materials.
The Rotary Rose
Parade Float has six sustaining Rotary International Districts. Each
pledges a minimum of $6,000.00 or $3.00 per member for the 2017 Rose
5240 covering Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Kern
5280 covering Los Angeles Basin ·
5300 covering Southern California and Southern Nevada
5320 covering Orange County and Southern Los Angeles County
5330 covering Riverside and Imperial Counties ·
5500 covering Southern Arizona
The Rotary Rose
Parade Float has two sponsoring Rotary International Districts which
raise at least $3,000 from District, Club and Individual
Websites for More Information
Centennial toolkit - The Rotary Foundation
Centennial logo and guidelines - The Rotary Foundation
Foundation's achievements and future spotlighted at Korea
Find resources for planning your centennial celebration
Tournament of Roses