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The Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee Inc. presents “Changing Lives Through Clean Water” as the theme of our January 1, 2015 float.

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 sanitation.

For millions of people throughout Africa, Asia and Latin America, getting clean water is a daily struggle.  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 drinking water.  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.

Rotary Club volunteers will be “Float Participants” on our 2015 float - some will be riding on the float and several more will be walking alongside the float.
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Gary C. K. Huang, Rotary International President and Corinna
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Clive Houston-Brown
Rotary District 3480 Rotary International President
  Gary C. K. Huang, Rotary International President and Corinna

Gary C.K. Huang is a member of the Rotary Club of Taipei, Taiwan, and is an adviser for Wah Lee Industrial Corp. and Bank of Panhsin, and is director of Federal Corporation and Sunty Development Co. Ltd. He previously was president of Malayan Overseas Insurance Co. and chair of Taiwan Sogo Shinkong Security Co. Ltd.

A Rotarian since 1976, Huang has served RI as vice-president, director, Foundation trustee, International Assembly group discussion leader, regional session leader, task force member and coordinator, committee member and chair, and district governor. He also was chair of the 2014 International Assembly Committee; adviser for the Permanent Fund Committee for Taiwan, Macau, and Hong Kong; and PolioPlus advocacy adviser for Taiwan.

He has been instrumental in membership development throughout Asia. As a Rotary Foundation trustee, Huang set the goal of recruiting 100 new Major Donors in Taiwan to celebrate Rotary's centennial; the result was the addition of 106 Major Donors in 2005 and 103 in 2006, who contributed more than $2 million to the Foundation's Annual Fund.

Huang wrote about his experiences in business and Rotary in his book, "Finding Solutions, Not Excuses." He received the Civic Service Award of the Federation of Non-Profit Associations and the Outstanding Community Service Award from Taiwan's Ministry of the Interior. In 2001, when the Rotary International Convention was held in San Antonio, Texas, USA, he was named the city's honorary mayor.

Huang is a recipient of the Rotary International Service Above Self Award and Presidential Citation and The Rotary Foundation's Citation for Meritorious Service and Distinguished Service Award.
Rotary District 5300  Southern California-Southern Nevada 
Clive HoustonBrown Clive Houston-Brown

Clive was born and raised in Zimbabwe, Africa where he saw first-hand the tremendous problems the lack of clean drinking water can have on a rural population. He came to the United States at the age of seventeen and served three years in the United States Marine Corps and then went on to university to study business, technology, and education, culminating in a Doctorate in Educational Leadership in 2002. He joined Rotary in April 2004, served as President in 2006/2007, and has been working on clean water projects for 10 years. He is currently the Vice President of Facilities & Technology for the University of La Verne in Southern California, Foundation Chair for the Rotary Club of Pomona, and has been Chair of the District 5300 International Clean Water Initiative for many years. He is a passionate supporter of The Rotary Foundation and international humanitarian projects.

The Rotary Rose Parade Float is not an official Rotary International program.