Decorators-Where Do They Live?
Float Riders and
Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee
The Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee Inc. presents
“Engage Rotary, Change Lives” as the theme of our
January 1, 2014 float.
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.
“Engage Rotary, Change Lives” relates
to Rotary’s top philanthropic goal to eradicate Polio worldwide.
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
Rotary Club volunteers will be “Float
Participants” on our 2014 float - some will be riding the
whimsical candy train and several more will be walking alongside
Float Riders and Outwalkers
Ron D. Burton, Rotary International
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Shirley J. Giltzow
Peter L. Salk, M.D
Rotary District 5770
Rotary International President
Ron D. Burton
retired as president of the University of Oklahoma Foundation
Inc. in 2007. He is a member of the U.S. Supreme Court Bar, the
Oklahoma Bar Association, and the Cleveland County Bar
Association. He is also a member of the American Bar
Association, the ABA Section of Taxation Exempt Organizations
Committee, and the ABA Section of Real Property, Probate, and
Trust Committee on Charitable Organizations. He was vice
president of the Last Frontier Council of the Boy Scouts of
America and received the Silver Beaver Award. He also received
the Norman United Way and Junior League Volunteer of the Year
A Rotarian since 1979, Burton has served RI
as director, president’s aide, RI president’s representative,
committee and task force member, Rotary information counselor,
zone trainer, International Assembly group discussion leader and
moderator, Council on Legislation representative, and district
governor. He also chaired the 2011 New Orleans Convention
Committee. As director, he served as chair of the Executive,
Administration, and Audit Committees.
service to The Rotary Foundation includes vice chair and member
of the Foundation Trustees, vice chair of the Future Vision
Committee, and member of the International PolioPlus Committee
and PolioPlus Speakers Bureau. Other service includes national
adviser for the Permanent Fund Initiative, member of Permanent
Fund Leadership Team, and consultant to the Development
Committee. In addition, he has served as a regional Rotary
Foundation coordinator and moderator of the regional Rotary
Foundation coordinator training program.
received the RI Service Above Self Award and the Foundation’s
Citation for Meritorious Service, Distinguished Service Award,
and International Service Award for a Polio-Free World. He and
his wife, Jetta, are Paul Harris Fellows, Benefactors, Major
Donors, and members of the Paul Harris, Bequest, and Arch C.
Representing Pioneers of Polio Eradication - Drs.
Jonas Salk and Albert Sabin.
B.S.N., F.N.P., is the oldest daughter of Sylvia Tregillus Sabin
and Albert Sabin, M.D. developer of the Oral Polio Vaccine. She
was born and grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio. A graduate of Duke
University School of Nursing and the University of Washington
Family Nurse Practitioner program, she is now retired.
During Debbe’s 35 years in practice she primarily focused on
outpatient adult chronic disease management including diabetes,
asthma/allergy and chronic pain. She also provided episodic and
chronic illness management for residents of the Oregon State
Hospital. Debbe has been a Clinical Nursing Instructor at Yakima
Valley Community College and she was an Adjunct Faculty member
for the University of Washington MEDEX Physician Assistant
Training Program at the Yakima campus. She frequently spoke to
both provider and patients groups regarding disease management
and patient empowerment. She has been a member of many
professional organizations including Sigma Theta Tau, the
Nursing Honor Society.
Debbe Sabin currently resides in
Portland, Oregon. Though unable to work in recent years due to
health issues of her own, she enjoys keeping her skills sharp
helping friends and family navigate the health care system and
coaching people to become good self-advocates. She looks forward
to further collaboration with Peter Salk to achieve the dreams
of their fathers to see the complete eradication of polio.
Peter L. Salk, M.D.
is the oldest son of Jonas Salk who, together with his team at
the University of Pittsburgh, developed the first successful
polio vaccine, which was introduced in 1955.
graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard University in 1965 and
Alpha Omega Alpha from Johns Hopkins University School of
Medicine in 1969. After two years of house staff training in
internal medicine at the University Hospitals of Cleveland, he
worked from 1972-1984 in his father’s laboratory at the Salk
Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, California,
conducting research on treatment approaches to cancer and
autoimmune disease and on strategies for vaccine production.
Following some time spent on research related to improving
agricultural productivity, he worked again with his father from
1991-1995 on a project to develop an inactivated vaccine for HIV
infection, and subsequently worked on the introduction of AIDS
treatment programs in Africa and Asia. He has also devoted
attention to novel approaches to enhancing the prospects for
Peter is now President of the Jonas Salk
Legacy Foundation, where he is participating in the effort to
complete the eradication of polio and is engaged in organizing
and making available the extensive collections of his father’s
papers and historical materials, educating the public regarding
his father’s life and work in preparation for the centenary of
his father’s birth in 2014, and extending and applying his
father’s vision to help address humanity’s ongoing challenges
Rotary District 5240
Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Kern Counties
Luz Maria Ortiz-Smith,
previously from México, graduated from Ohio State University and
worked as a counselor for 10 years. Her second career is in
insurance where she is CFO of Smith & Ortiz, Inc. an insurance
corporation she co-owns with her husband E. Russell Smith.
Luz Maria served as the second President of the all female
Rotary Club of Celaya Nat-Tha-Hi in Celaya, Mexico. After moving
to California in 1994, she has been a member of the Rotary Club
of Santa Barbara Sunrise. She has traveled annually to Celaya,
México with doctors, nurses and Rotarians to bring sight to
those affected by cataracts in her home town. Luz Maria traveled
to India to participate in two National Immunization Campaigns
and wheelchair distribution. Luz Maria has visited Nicaragua
three times to plan for a project to bring potable water to two
Luz Maria is currently District 5240 Rotary
Foundation Chair and her past participation has included
District Governor during 2009-2010, District Future Vision
Coordinator, Assistant Governor, Group Representative, District
Community Service Chair, Permanent Fund, Group Study Exchange
Leader, Group Study Exchange Chair, Council on Legislation
Representative in 2013 and she assists with district assembly
trainings. She also served as Rotary Coordinator Assistant for
Zone 26. In addition, is a board member of GoCare a NGO whose
mission is to empower dreams through education.
Rotary District 5280
Shirley J. Giltzow
Ed.D. retired as the Assistant Superintendent of Human
Resources for the Lawndale Elementary School District in
Southern California after an extensive career in education,
which included serving as a teacher, principal, and director.
She received her Bachelor and Masters degrees from California
State University Long Beach, and a Doctoral Degree in Education
from Brigham Young University in Utah. She has instructed
graduate level courses as a professor at Brigham Young
University, Loyola Marymount University and California State
She joined the Lawndale Rotary
Club in 1994. While serving as Club President in 1999-2000, the
Lawndale Rotary Club became the first club recorded in the
Rotary world as having 100% of its members Rotary Benefactors.
She has also served as District Assistant Governor for Community
Service, and District chairs for Literacy, Foundation
Celebration and Polio Plus. She was named District Rotarian of
the year in 2004. She is also a Paul Harris Fellow, founding
member of the Bequest Society and a Major Donor.
the District Polio Plus Chair from 2009-2013, she raised
awareness and funds for Polio Plus through the sales of Good-bye
Polio roses, and organized other funding raising events,
including Rotary District attendance at Los Angeles Dodgers
games in multiple years. 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 Postal Service. She has also
arranged for the Carson, California based Goodyear Blimp to
display a lighted sign that is shown multiple times each time
the blimp takes to the air, which states Goodyear salutes Rotary
International End Polio Now.
Rotary District 5300
Southern California-Southern Nevada
previously from Iran, graduated from USC in 1980 and has worked
in real estate as a broker, investor, and developer for over 30
years and is currently with Dove Properties.
He has been
involved in Rotary for a number of years and is a member of the
Pasadena Rotary Club. He has served as club international
project chair, participated in the Rotary Youth Leadership Camp
and has been involved in many Rotary district programs such as
home building in Mexico, and Chair of Pasadena Rotary Open World
Program. Hassan has been a member of the Peace committee for the
District 5300 Peace Conference. He has also participated in many
international projects including projects in Cambodia, India and
Mexico. He is involved in fundraising for Rotary international
and participated in fundraising with District 5300 to eradicate
polio around the world. Hassan currently serves as Rotary
District 5300 International Project chair for 2012-2015.
Hassan has also been involved in many other nonprofit
organizations and currently serves on the boards of Volunteer of
America Los Angeles chapter, San Gabriel Valley American Red
Cross and the University Club of Pasadena.
Rotary District 5320
County, Southern Los Angeles County
John H. Brainerd
is a fourth generation Californian and holds his BS from UCLA, a
law degree from USC and a LLM from NYU.
career included 10 years with Coopers and Lybrand where he
became Partner in Charge of Taxes for Coopers’ Newport Beach
office. John left Coopers in 1986 to become a Senior Vice
President of Zenith Insurance. A few years later he established
his own law practice in Newport Beach.
John joined the
Newport-Irvine Rotary Club in 1980 served as Governor of Rotary
District 5320 in 2007-2008 and President of the Newport-Irvine
Rotary Club during 1999-2000, a year when the club won many
awards, including Best Club. John and his wife Pat are Major
Donors to The Rotary Foundation, Paul Harris Society members and
Rotary Foundation Benefactors. John is a past Chair of the
Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee.
For many years John
has been involved with the sister club relationships of the
Newport-Irvine Club, doing projects in Ensenada with the
Ensenada Riviera Club and projects with the Sae Hanyang Club in
Seoul, Korea. He and other delegates from the Newport-Irvine
Club visited Sae Hanyang to celebrate that club’s 20th
Anniversary and 20 years of working together.
Pat traveled to Myanmar where their visits to orphanages
inspired them to work with a fellow Rotarian, J.T. Warring, to
develop water gathering systems for these orphanages. Currently,
there are 36 systems in place, with more due to be completed by
the end of this Rotary year.
Rotary District 5340
San Diego, Imperial, and parts of Riverside Counties
Dave Breeding's professional career
spanned 32 years with Eli Lilly and Company and its various
subsidiaries. He retired in 1998 as the Chief Information
Officer of Guidant Corporation, a major manufacturer of medical
devices. Dave grew up in the Midwest and graduated with a degree
in engineering from the University of Illinois. He also has a
master’s degree from Purdue University. He served as a Navy
Officer aboard ship during the Vietnam War. He and his wife,
Marilee, are members of the Rotary Club of Fallbrook.
was a “Good bye Polio, Thanks Rotary” bumper sticker and
Rotary’s pledge to eradicate polio that brought Dave into Rotary
in 1999 – his mother was a polio survivor. He took great
pleasure in administering polio vaccine to children in India
during a Polio National Immunization Day. He served as Governor
for Rotary District 5340 in 2010-2011. His District Conference
that year raised over $60,000 for PolioPlus. He is serving
currently as the District 5340 Rotary Foundation Committee
Dave and Marilee travelled to South Africa on two
occasions to establish relationships with Rotarians there and
work together on relief projects for AIDS orphans in the Zulu
tribe. Ten matching grants and many great friendships resulted
from those trips.
Rotary District 5690
Kansas and Oklahoma
Sue Pearce is Director
of Administration and CFO for Piping & Equipment Co. Inc. where
she has worked since 1975. A heavy industrial contractor,
working in the chemical, petro-chemical and power industries
throughout the Midwest, Sue is responsible for the
administrative and financial side of the business.
has been a member of the Rotary Club of East Wichita since 1992.
Her activities have included a Youth Entrepreneurs of Kansas
mentor, a Reality Fair volunteer, 25th club anniversary
committee member, committee member for East Rotary Foundation
fundraiser, and she has held the offices of Program Chair,
International Chair, Secretary and president in 1997-1998, and
has been Rotarian of the Year three times. She was the first
woman to hold the position of President in a Wichita area Rotary
Club. She was Assistant Governor for one year in 1999-2000 and
again in 2010-2011. Sue is currently District Governor for
Her other activities have included holding
many volunteer leadership positions with the American Red Cross
Midway-Kansas Chapter, where she developed and was chair of the
Ride For The Red event for six years, served as a board member
since 1995, Board Chair in 2001, and Chair of the Building
Committee in 2004. She has been a member of PEO chapter EM for
35 years and a member of the Wichita Jazz Festival for 30 years.
She also volunteers at the Sedgwick County Zoo, where she served
as a board member since 1994, as Zoobilee Chair for six years,
Grim Reaper at Night of the Living Zoo for 15 years, and was the
originator of the Summer Concert Series and has served as chair
of that event for 14 years.
Sue loves to garden and
travel worldwide, and has experienced four African Safaris.
Rotary Districts 6000
Iowa, Western Illinois, Northern Missouri
and Imperial Counties
Cris Meier is a second
generation Rotarian. She currently is pursuing her PhD in the
School of Social Work at the University of Iowa and is also
completing her MPH. She holds a BA in Psychology from UC Irvine
and a MSW from University of Iowa. She also works as a
behavioral therapist with children and their families.
In 2007, Cris set out to hike the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT),
which runs from Mexico to Canada, in order 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. During this time Cris spoke at many Rotary Clubs and
raised more than $70,000 dollars for PolioPlus. Prior to hiking
the Pacific Crest Trail Cris traveled with her parents, Vicky
and Steve Wallace, and other Rotarians to Nigeria for an
Immunization Plus Day.
Cris is currently a member of the
Rotary Club of Iowa City Downtown and has served as the service
chair for the past two years. She continues to be passionate
about polio eradication efforts. Cris and her husband Josh hope
to be able to pursue future hiking endeavors to help Rotary
efforts with a focus on maternal and child health and nutrition.
The Rotary Rose Parade Float is
not an official Rotary International program.