Service Club President's Summit
Decorators-Where Do They Live?
Float Riders and
Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee
The Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee Inc. presents
“Doing Good in the World ” as the theme of our
January 2, 2017 float.
Float Riders and Outwalkers
Germ, Rotary International President
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William "Bill" Dendy
Alejandra (Alex) Magana
Rotary District 6780
Rotary International President
Club of Chattanooga Tennessee
John F. Germ is board
chair and chief executive officer of Campbell and Associates
Inc., consulting engineers. He joined the firm as an engineer in
1965 after four years in the U.S. Air Force. He serves on the
boards of several organizations, including the board and
executive committee of the Public Education Foundation, Orange
Grove Center Inc., and as board chair of Blood Assurance Inc. He
also is founder and treasurer of the Chattanooga State Technical
Community College Foundation and president of the Tennessee
He was Tennessee Young Man of the
Year in 1970; Engineer of the Year, 1986; Volunteer Fundraiser
of the Year, 1992; and Tennessee Community Organizations
Volunteer of the Year, 2009. He is a recipient of the Boy Scouts
Silver Beaver Award and the Arthritis Foundation Circle of Hope
Award. In 2013, the White House recognized him as a Champion of
Germ joined Rotary in 1976 and has served Rotary
as vice president, director, Foundation trustee and vice chair,
aide to the Foundation trustee chair, chair of Rotary’s US$200
Million Challenge, RI Board Executive Committee member, RI
president’s aide, Council on Legislation representative and
chair, membership zone coordinator, chair of numerous
committees, area coordinator, RI training leader, and district
Germ has received RI’s Service Above Self
Award and The Rotary Foundation’s Citation for Meritorious
Service and Distinguished Service Award. He and his wife, Judy,
are Benefactors and members of the Arch Klumph Society of The
Rotary Foundation. They have four children and six
Judith (Judy) Germ was born
and raised in Decherd, Tennessee. After graduating from Franklin
County High School in 1956, she moved to Chattanooga to work for
Provident Life and Accident Insurance Company. She and John met
in church and were married on July 17, 1959. Soon after, they
moved to Knoxville where she worked for the Dean of Admissions
at The University of Tennessee. John and Judy moved to Dover,
Delaware where John served four years in the US Air Force.
It was when they moved back to Chattanooga that Judy became
involved in civic activities, and found a passion that has
lasted her entire life. She joined the Chattanooga Jaycettes, an
organization dedicated to providing emerging young leaders an
opportunity to create a positive change in the community and
themselves. She served as secretary, Vice President and
President, and was ultimately selected to receive the Alice
Littleton award from the Tennessee Jaycettes for outstanding
volunteer community work. She was also named an honorary Jaycee
and awarded the JCI Senator by the Tennessee Jaycees. (The JCI
Senator was awarded by the Tennessee Jaycees)
Additionally, she has served as a volunteer for the American Red
Cross, Pre- School Development Center, PTA, Blood Assurance
Incorporated and as a board member for Santa for all Seasons.
She is a dedicated fundraiser for organizations important to
her, including the March of Dimes, The American Heart
Association, The Siskin Foundation and others. She was selected
for inclusion in Young Women of America and is an Honorary
She and John are Benefactors to the Rotary
Foundation and members of the Arch Klumph Society. John and Judy
have four children and six grandchildren.
Rotary District 5190
Northern Nevada and Northeastern California
My Grandparents on my Mother’s side came from Scotland. I was
born in Loyalton California. I have a wife, Nora, three children
and 10 grandchildren.
I joined Rotary in 1986 with the
Rotary Club of Garberville CA.
I moved to the Rotary
Club of Portola in 1994 when I was transferred to that area. I
was a District Manager for a large propane company.
became President of that club in 2000-2001.
I was an
Assistant Governor from 2007-2010.
I was on the District
RYE Committee as the Country Contact for Belgium from 2010 to
My Wife and I have been Stage Managers for 5190
District conference four of the last six years.
selected to the Rotary Club of Portola Endowment as a Trustee in
2004, voted President of the Endowment in 2013, an office I
still hold today.
My Wife and I are multiple Paul Harris
Rotary District 5240
Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Kern Counties
Patricia Jones is
the current President, CFO and Co-Owner of Home Helpers In-Home
Care in Thousand Oaks, California and together with her husband
George have taken care of hundreds of seniors in Ventura and LA
Counties for the past 10 years.
Prior to doing senior
care, Patricia served as the President and CEO of the Alliance
for the Arts, the official nonprofit fundraising arm of the
Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza and responsible for raising over
20 million dollars and establishing and funding two endowments.
During her tenure, the organization was lauded by the National
Endowment for the Arts as the most successful public-private
partnership in the US. After 14 years in this position, she
retired to work with her husband in senior home care.
About the same time as she started in home care, Patricia joined
the Thousand Oaks (Noontime) Rotary in 2010 after much
encouragement from her business associates and friends. She
currently serves as Chair of the Rotary Senior Outreach
program. As part of the Senior Outreach Committee, Patricia
developed a greeting card project whereby recycled greeting
cards are signed by Rotarians and distributed together with
Meals-On-Wheels and to seniors who reside in Assisted Living
Facilities. Loneliness is the kiss of death for seniors. The
greeting card project lets the seniors know they are not
forgotten and that someone cares about them. Cards are
distributed in the Spring, Summer and during year-end Holidays.
She also developed Socks for Seniors and has slipper socks with
grippers for men and women distributed to home-bounds seniors
through-out the Conejo Valley during the holidays.
Patricia recently joined the Rotary International Committee and
also volunteers on the Rotary Club Administration Committee and
served as Chair of Sponsorships for the Thousand Oaks Rotary
Chili Cook-off fundraiser. “I can’t imagine my life without
Rotary, it has been a great experience to be a part of it.”
Patricia also volunteers as Chairman of the Board for the
Conejo Valley Senior Concerns Organization. Senior Concerns is
41-year old and fully-audited 501-C3 (nonprofit) providing vital
services to seniors and family caregivers in the Conejo Valley.
Their services include an Adult Day Program, Meals on Wheels, a
free Caregiver Support Center, and pro bono legal and financial
services and much more.
Patricia had a prior career in
Manufacturing and Human Resources at Rocketdyne in Canoga Park,
California for 14 years in the 80’s and early 90’s. Originally
from a rural area of Michigan, she also had a 9-year career at
Michigan State University working in Alumni and Development
Affairs and also attended there as a student. Preferring the
warmer weather in Southern California, Patricia transferred her
credits and completed her BS in Business Administration from the
University of Phoenix and received her MBA in Business
Administration from Pepperdine University in Malibu.
Over the years, Patricia has received numerous awards for
community service. She was named Woman of the Year by the
Greater Conejo Chamber of Commerce and Woman of the Year by the
American Heart Association. She was named Top 25 Most
Influential People in the Conejo Valley by the Acorn Newspaper.
She received the Women in Business Not-For-Profit Leadership
Award by the San Fernando Business Journal. She has received
numerous commendations from City of LA, Agoura Hills, Westlake
Village and Thousand Oaks. Patricia also received recognition
from the State of California Senate and Assembly for volunteer
and community efforts. Patricia was also named by NASA as a
manned Flight Awareness Honoree, recognized personally by George
H. W. Bush and astronauts for Safety contributions to the space
program while working at Rocketdyne.
Patricia is married
to George Jones, and has step-daughter Eva Marie (Jones) Cote
and step-son Joe Jones.
Magana is the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of
Commerce Events and Special Projects Manager. She is very active
in the local community, and currently serves as the Coordinator
and Club President of the Santa Maria Valley Rotaract Club. “Our
goal in Rotaract is to involve young professionals and emerging
leaders in giving back to Santa Maria through service and
community action as well as provide an opportunity for
professional development,” Magana said.
joined the Chamber staff after working with HUB International
for three and a half years as a Personal Lines Account Manager.
During that time, she became a licensed Property and Casualty
Agent and received her CISR (Certified Insurance Service
Representative) designation from the National Alliance for
Insurance Education and Research. This past year, Magana
received the 2016 Insurance Professional of the Year Award from
the Insurance professionals of Santa Barbara.
also part of the International Association of Insurance
Professionals and serves as Secretary of the local chapter,
Insurance Professionals of Santa Barbara. She is also part of
the IAIP California Council 2016 – 2017 Public Relations Team,
and serves as the Communications Liaison for all 12 Chapters in
When Magana isn’t out serving her community, she
enjoys spending time with her husband Jose and 3 month old
daughter Alina Rose. Like any true Santa Maria local, she enjoys
good BBQ and the local wine scene we are so fortunate to have
here in the Santa Maria Valley.
Rotary District 5280
Los Angeles Basin,
Lynn Kim is a native to
Southern California. She was born and raised in Palos Verdes
Estates, CA. She graduated University of Southern California
(not spoiled children, rather University of Strong Connections)
with a B.A. in Political Science. Plans to attend law school
were put on hold to get married and start a family with her
college sweetheart. After two children, Lynn pursued a career in
Real Estates. She rose to the top in her field quickly. She was
the Rookie of the year and Regional rookie of the year her first
year. Within 3 quick years, she became the #1 agent at Keller
Williams Palos Verdes, which consist of over 300 agents. She has
a deep passion helping people. Prior to real estate, Lynn worked
with the Los Angles County's District Attorney's office as a
Victim's advocate. Today, she's an advocate as well when it
comes to her clients real estate contracts. Lynn is thankful to
be a part of Rotary, where she can help serve her community's
needs as well.
Lynn is a member of the Palos
Verdes Peninsula Rotary Club.
Rotary District 5300
Southern California-Southern Nevada
immigrated to the US in 1979 from Iran, is a proud Persian
American, one of 5 children of Fathieh and Hooshang Riazi who
sacrificed a beautiful life and home to immigrate. Gilda has
been involved in the community since she had children, is a
mother to 2 boys, who are Eagle Scouts from San Marino Troop
359. Gilda and her husband Mehrdad raised their kids in the San
Marino community. Gilda has been involved in PTA, Scouting,
Caltech Women's Club, Chambers of Commerce and most recently in
the Rotary club of San Marino. She joined the San Marino Rotary
Club in 2012 and has served as Membership Chair for 3 years
prior to becoming President in 2016-2017 year. Under her
leadership, Gilda has managed to re-invigorate the Interact club
at the San Marino High School, to collaborate on 2 hands-on
projects with other clubs: The Bike Project with the Pasadena
Rotary Club providing 200 bikes to needy children ages 3 - 11
and the Superbuild in the Spring of 2017 with the South Pasadena
Club which involves building homes for a community of homeless
families in Mexico. This year the club will host a polio
survivor to bring understanding of this disease that still
plagues the world.
Gilda has a passion for sharing her
culture with the larger community. She speaks and writes fluent
Farsi and has been teaching Farsi language to children and
adults. She was co-organizer of Farsi classes at Claremont
Colleges, Caltech and most recently at San Marino Recreation.
She has organized events celebrating the Persian New Year or
Nowruz and has educated the community about this symbolic
celebration of Spring that represents the Iranian New Year. Her
2 boys also speak, read and write Farsi. Professionally, Gilda
has been an educator for the past 20 years working with children
and families helping parents understand their children "who
don't come with instructions". Most recently she has become an
Independent Life Insurance Agent helping families navigate the
world of finances and getting on track for retirement and
college planning. The costume Gilda wears today is from her
country of origin, Iran, she is holding the symbol of humanity
and freedom, a replica of the Cyrus Cylinder.
Rotary District 5320
Orange County CA from Anaheim to Newport to San
Heidi currently works as the Program Associate for the
Orange County/Long Beach Chapter of the California Society of
CPA (CalCPA), with the majority of her career in the non-profit
She has served as the President/CEO of the
Orange Chamber of Commerce for 6+ years, the Governmental
Affairs Consultant for the South Orange County Regional Chambers
of Commerce and the President/CEO of the Apple Valley Chamber of
Commerce. She also worked as a reporter/editor for a community
She has achieved the U.S Chamber of
Commerce Institute for Organizational Management (IOM)
certification and the Accredited Chamber Exec designation from
the California Chamber of Commerce.
Heidi is a past
president of the Southern California Association of Chamber of
Commerce Executives (SCACCE) and has served on the Board of
Western Association of Chamber Execs (W.A.C.E.).
Larkin-Reed has been involved in several areas of community
service including working on the Incorporation of the Town of
Apple Valley, which resulted in the formation of the city in
She was also elected to the first Town Council
and served as the first woman Mayor of the city.
has also served the first President of the League of California
Cities Desert/Mountain Division and was a member of the Board
for the Local Formation Commission (LAFCO).
been a member of Rotary International since 1998. She was the
first woman President of the Rotary Club of Apple Valley
(1998-99); the past Rotary District 5300 Awards Chair, and
membership chair for four clubs.
Heidi is also the
past president of the Rotary Club of Orange (2013-14) and a
Board member for the Rotary Club of Mission Viejo. She served
as an Assistant Governor for two years. (2014-16). She is
currently the Executive Officer for District 5320 for Events.
Heidi holds a BA from California State
University, Northridge and is married to Rusty Reed and has two
children, Shannon and Brandon. She has one grandchild.
Her hobbies include yoga, gardening and genealogy. Her
hobby recently let to the discovery that she is a descendent
from a Mayflower passenger, John Tilley.
Rotary District 5330
Inland Empire, Southern California
family arrived in the local community in 1905 as a farmers and
businessmen. The family has been deeply involved in the
direction and growth of our community for over 110 years.
Selling the family farm in 2011, Tami began a land development
company that is very active today. Tami is a community leader
with years of leadership and philanthropic experience. Chairing
nonprofit Boards, participating as a member of local advocacy
groups and political action committees, sitting as the Chair of
the local Health Foundation’s Crime and Safety Committee; and
even sitting on the City’s planning commission seemed to be
second nature to Tami. She joined Rotary in 2014 and
immediately was chosen to Chair Hemet Sunset’s membership
committee. Using her skill and connections in her new position,
the Club began to grow rapidly. As a Club Board member, Tami
helped the Club rebrand itself as a warm and vibrant Club.
Tami had attended two International Conventions and
participated in a six day review of a Recycling project in
Goioere, Brazil funded in part with a District 5330 Rotary
Foundation Global Grant. Her growing commitment and love for
Rotary brought two immediate outcomes. Tami and her Daughter
became Paul Harris Society members, and the District, noting her
leadership capabilities and drive, named her the International
Chair for Water & Sanitation. Tami remains committed to
bringing fresh water to the children of the world and will
represent her farming heritage as an out walker in the parade.
Rotary District 5340
San Diego, Imperial, and parts of Riverside Counties
Jane Kwon is a
Rotaractor from District 5340, San Diego, where she has been an
active member of Rotaract for 4 years. She has been Vice
President of Records and was Past President of the Rotaract Club
of San Diego State University. She was abroad this past year and
kept active Rotary by joining the Saehanyang Rotaract Club of
South Korea, as well as, served on the Rotaract Host Committee
for the RI Convention 2016 in Seoul. Jane is currently the
District Rotaract Representative back in San Diego and serves as
the Ambassador for South Korea in the Rotaract Big West MDIO.
Jane loves Rotary and Rotaract and is excited to continuously be
apart of the Rotary family!
Rotary District 5500
Brad Sackrider is
a member of the Fort Yuma Rotary Club in Yuma, Arizona, District
5500. He and his wife relocated to Yuma from Ohio in 2007 and
run a dental office together. She does the drilling and he does
the billing. Brad has two children ages 8 and 9 that keep him
busy. He has been a member of Rotary for just over 6 years and
has had a very successful run. His list of Rotary
accomplishments include: PHF +5, Past President, 100%
attendance 6 years, Attended 5 Rotary International Convention,
Hosted an International exchange student, Volunteered to travel
and work on 9 international service projects (Sierra Leone –
2010, 2011, 2016; Mexico – 2010; India – 2012, 2013, 2014;
Zimbabwe – 2015; Pakistan – 2015). Besides Rotary, Brad is
active in the Yuma community: as a member of the Arizona
Western College Institutional Review Board, Board Member
Education Foundation of Yuma County, NexGen, Past President of
H. L. Suverkrup Elementary school PTO, Arizona Community
Foundation Grant Reviewer, and past Commissioner for the State
of Arizona Commission for Service and Volunteerism.
Rotrary District 5810
William "Bill" Dendy
is a 5th generation Texan and successful businessman
who believes it is important to give back, to touch lives in
positive ways and to help others obtain their life goals.
Rotary has provided an avenue to achieve these objectives.
Bill has been an active member of Rotary for over 16 years.
He has served on many boards and has received numerous awards
and recognition for countless achievements. Bill is the key
organizer and charter member of North Texas E-Club. This unique
E-club concept includes a weekly physical meeting utilizing
technology to combine the convenience of an E-club with the
socialization of a traditional club. Their motto is “Rotary
Within District 5810 Bill has served as
District Treasurer from 2010-2012, was District Rotarian of the
year in 2012, was co-chair for two district conferences, and was
a district assembly trainer. Bill is currently serving as
District Governor. Bill is a member of the Paul Harris Society,
Bequest Society, White Hat Society and is a major donor to The
Bill is the president of Elite
Financial Management in Dallas, Texas, with over 25 years of
professional experience in investments and financial planning.
He graduated from Lake Highlands High School in Dallas; he then
attended the University of Dallas (undergraduate Degree in
Philosophy), and Southern Methodist University obtaining an MBA
(with concentration in finance). In addition, Bill holds the
designations of Certified Financial Planner®, Certified Public
Accountant, Chartered Life Underwriter, and Certified Divorce
Financial Analyst. Bill also earned his Juris Doctorate from
SMU and is a practicing attorney.
He is a member of
American Mensa and is a private pilot. He enjoys travel, fine
dining, deep sea fishing and most importantly spending
time with his family and friends.
The Rotary Rose Parade Float is
not an official Rotary International program.