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Float Riders and
Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee
The Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee Inc. presents
“Working Together for Peace” as the theme of our
January 1, 2016 float.
Float Riders and Outwalkers
K. R. Ravindran, Rotary International President and Vanathy
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Jim Bell, DG
Gail “Virus” Ellingwood
Glenn Fong, DG
Janice H Kurth, MD, PhD,
Randy Pote, DG
Rudy Westervelt, DG
Rotary District 3220
Rotary International President
K. R. Ravindran, Rotary International President and
Rotary Club of Colombo, Sri Lanka
K.R. "Ravi" Ravindran is CEO and founder of Printcare PLC, a
publicly listed printing, packaging, and digital media solutions
company. It is arguably the world's largest supplier of tea bag
packaging, catering to nearly every major tea brand, with
manufacturing facilities in Sri Lanka and India. Printcare is
the winner of national and international awards of excellence.
Ravindran has been a featured speaker at several international
print and packaging forums.
Ravindran also serves on the
board of several other companies in Sri Lanka and India and
charitable trusts, including the MJF (Dilmah) Charitable
Foundation. He is the founding president of the Rotary-sponsored
Sri Lanka Anti Narcotics Association, the largest such agency in
Sri Lanka. During the country's civil war, Ravindran was
involved in the business community efforts to find peaceful
solutions to the conflict and was a featured speaker at the
United Nations-sponsored peace conference in New York for the
Sri Lankan diaspora in 2002.
A third generation Rotarian
and a member himself since the age of 21, Ravindran has served
on the Rotary International Board of Directors and The Rotary
Foundation Board of Trustees and as RI treasurer.
country's national PolioPlus chair, Ravindran headed a joint
task force of the Sri Lankan government, UNICEF, and Rotary and
worked closely with UNICEF to successfully negotiate a ceasefire
with the northern militants during National Immunization Days.
Aided by Rotary's efforts, Sri Lanka reported its last case of
polio in 1994.
He also chaired the Schools Reawakening
project, in which Rotary District 3220 raised more than $12
million to rebuild over 20 tsunami-devastated schools to benefit
14,000 children. He continues to play a role in his club's
project to build a cancer prevention and early detection center
in Sri Lanka. Once completed, it will be the only dedicated
national facility to offer comprehensive screening and early
Ravindran is a recipient of The
Rotary Foundation's Citation for Meritorious Service,
Distinguished Service Award, and Service Award for a Polio-Free
He and Vanathy have been married since 1975, and they
have two children and a recently born grandchild.
Vanathy is a graduate
from the University of Madras in India with an undergraduate
degree in Economics. She subsequently embarked on a career in
accounting services, specializing in tax. She also did a stint
as the editor of the business section in a leading daily in Sri
Lanka and currently serves as a Director of a privately held
Apart from her role as mother, and
the supporting role as the wife of an active Rotarian and a
business leader in Sri Lanka with its attendant
responsibilities, she has also authored a book on the spiritual
teachings of a Hindu sage — Sai Baba. The book is entitled Sai
Baba - Philosophy and Teachings.
In her writings, she has
also contributed to the News Media and the Electronic media with
articles and appearances in Radio and TV, on Culture, Women's
Affairs and Hinduism.
Vanathy has served as President of
her Inner Wheel Club and subsequently as Chair of her Inner
Wheel District. She has held many responsible positions in
religious, cultural and service organizations.
has been married to Ravi since 1975 and the couple have two
adult children. Their son, Krishna, is married to Neesha, and
their daughter, Prashanthi, is married to Nicholas. Vanathy and
Ravi welcomed their first grandchild in October 2014.
Rotary District 5180
Greater Sacramento Area
Glenn Fong, DG
District Governor 2015-2016
Born and raised in
Sacramento, California, Glenn attended local schools and college
and grew up being the seventh child out of eight. Glenn was an
early entrepreneur running the family grocery store but
discovered real estate was his dream and now has been a real
estate broker for 29 years.
Glenn has earned Outstanding
Life Member with the Sacramento Association of Realtors Master’s
Club, the Association’s highest achievement award. He has two
office locations; one in Roseville, CA and the other in Fair
He’s also served 17 years as a member with the
Active 20/30 Club of Sacramento and received their Man of the
Year Award in 1999. He also served 5 years on the board at the
Community Services Planning Council in Sacramento, California.
As a past president of the Rotary Club of Roseville, he
helped pioneer the direction of his club on a five year plan
that won Rotary International’s Changemaker Award in 2012 as the
best large Rotary club in the world. Glenn is a multiple Paul
Harris Fellow and Paul Harris Society member. He has been on
international service projects to El Rosario Mexico delivering
an ambulance and to Sao Paulo Brazil delivering water filters to
the Favelas. Glenn has served as District Membership Chair,
District Assembly Chair, Assistant Governor and recently help
launched Rotary District 5180’s Passport Club.
enjoys playing golf and softball on the district softball
league. Glenn is happily married to his wife Elise for 21 years
and the family lives in Roseville, CA. They have two daughters,
Sarah and Katy, enjoy spending their time together as a family,
traveling, including frequent trips to Disney parks.
Rotary District 5190
Northern Nevada and Northeastern California
District Governor 5190 2015-16
Gail and Dan joined the Rotary Club of Loyalton in 2004 and
she admits that she has been a Rotary “junkie” ever since.
Gail served as President of the club in 2007-2008 and served in
several club positions. At the District level, she served as
Visioning Committee Chair from 2010-2014, as Assistant Governor
for Area 2 from 2010-2013, as District Trainer, and on the
echnology Committee. Dan is currently a member of the Rotary
Club of Smith Valley
Gail is thrilled to be a participant
in Rotary International’s “Working Together for Peace” Float as
District 5190 has been designated as a Peacebuilder District and
has recently sponsored 2 Rotary Peace fellows.
(Club Nickname) hails from Maine and graduated from the
University of Chicago with a major in theatre/drama and a minor
in French Literature. Gail spent the better part of 25 years
consulting in Computer Security finishing her career with
Capital One. Upon retiring to Loyalton, CA, the hometown of her
husband, Dan, they opened and ran the Blue Moon Bakery for 2
Gail and Dan have been married since 1986, have 2
children, 3 grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews whom
they are blessed to call family. They are Paul Harris Fellows,
members of the Bequest Society and the Paul Harris Society of
the Rotary Foundation.
Rotary District 5320
Orange County CA from Anaheim to Newport to San
District Governor 2015-2016
Kevin became a Rotarian in
2003 when he joined the Rotary Club of Placentia, and he served
as the Club President in 2009-2010 Rotary Year. At the
district level, Kevin has served as an Assistant Governor for
2010-2011 and 2011-2012; Chair of the Angels' End Polio Now Game
in 2012; and member of the RI District 5320 Charitable
Foundation Board in 2011-2014.
Kevin is a State Farm
Insurance agent, and his office is located in Placentia. Kevin
and his wife Lorraine have resided in Orange since 1991. They
are both active with the Donate Life Run/Walk that takes place
the last weekend in April to raise awareness and educate people
about organ and tissue donation. DONATE LIFE also has a float in
the Rose Parade!
Kevin enjoys woodworking and golf, and
he and Lorraine enjoy spending time with their dogs, travelling,
skiing, and winetasting.
Rotary District 5240
Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Kern Counties
Jim Bell, DG
District Governor, 2015-2016
Now a member of the Rotary
Club of Bakersfield Twilight, Jim began his Rotary career as a
member of the Rotary Club of Bakersfield Breakfast in 2004. Jim
served as their 27th Club President in 2008-2009. That year, his
major club project was to charter an evening club in
Bakersfield. The Rotary Club of Bakersfield Twilight became a
reality in May of 2009 when Jim, other Rotarians and new
Rotarians joined as Charter Members. Jim became the club's
Charter Secretary. He has held key leadership positions in both
Rotary clubs and both Foundations as well as many different
District positions including receiving District Rotarian of the
Year in 2011-2012.
Jim holds a Bachelor's Degree in
Telecommunications from Kent State University in Ohio, having
also attended Ohio State University in Columbus where he became
a life-long Buckeye. He is a Master PRLS Graduate, member of the
Paul Harris Society, Bequest Society, and multiple Paul Harris
A past member and President of the Kern County
Broadcasters Association and Houston Tx Broadcasters
Association, Jim is also Immediate Past Chair of the Bakersfield
Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors and Vice-Chair of the
Police Activities League, an organization that provides
after-school programs to disadvantaged children.
his wife Donna reside in Bakersfield and share the hobbies of
their ever-present dogs, reading, travel, and enjoying the many
Rotarians that have enriched their lives and the many blessings
of 40 years of marriage this August.
Scottie Ortiz is an
honorary member of the Rotary Club of Santa Maria Breakfast, as
well as the Rotary Club of Morro Bay. As the spouse of a
District Governor she has had the opportunity to see Rotary
beyond the Club and in many Countries. She has visited well over
150 Clubs in at least 7 different Countries. She participated
with Rotarians in Nigeria for a National Immunization project to
eradicate polio; and in Sri Lanka for initiating a project that
supported pre-school education for teachers.
currently serves SoCalNevada PETS on the registration committee.
In addition to her Rotary service she has volunteered for
several years at the women’s Center of San Jaoquin County and
for Court Appointed Special Advocates of Santa Barbara County.
She continues to serve CASA as the chair for the North County
Advisory Committee. She has spoken in support of CASA to over 72
Rotary Clubs in Rotary District 5240.
Rotary District 5280
Los Angeles Basin,
is a member of the State Bar of California and is also admitted
to practice before the United States District Court for the
Central District of California. Aside from litigation, she is
trained in Mediation, Collaborative Family Law, and has received
Court appointments as Minors Counsel. Cozette established her
own law firm in 1996, subsequently overseeing well over 1000
client matters in the areas of Family Law and Trust and Estates
with Vergari & Napolitano, PC, in Los Angeles.
joined the Rotary Club of Westchester (Los Angeles) in September
1995, and served on her club’s Board of Directors from 1996-2002
as Youth Service Director, International Service Director,
Secretary, President-Elect and President. She has subsequently
served on the Westchester Rotary Foundation Board of Trustees
for 13 years.
In District 5280, Cozette has served as an
Assistant Governor, Senior Assistant Governor, District Governor
Nominee and Executive Aide to the current District Governor. She
has chaired numerous district events and committees, including
Walk and Roll (Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation),
Parade of Presidents, Recognition Awards, District Breakfast and
District Rotary Foundation Celebrations. Among several district
committees, Cozette has served on the Peacemakers of 5280.
In Zone 25/26, Cozette served on the Zone Institute Planning
Committee in 2013 and attended the Zone Institute SIG Program in
2012 and 2014. She has served on the PETS Committee for Zone 26
since 2014. Cozette served on the Home Organizing Committee for
the 2008 International Convention in Los Angeles. She is a Paul
Harris Society Member, Bequest Society Member, a Major Donor and
has made 11 other individuals Paul Harris Fellows.
also serves on the Board of Directors for 1736 Family Crisis
Center, Los Angeles Lawyers Magazine and Selective Service
Cozette is married to Rotarian Richard Moon, CPA and
Investment Advisor, who has also served as Club President for
the Rotary Club of Westchester and in several District 5280
Rotary District 5300
Southern California-Southern Nevada
Randy Pote, DG
District Governor 2015-2016
Randy began his Rotary career
in Colorado when he was inducted to the Englewood club in 1989
while working as a moving company executive. He moved to Las
Vegas in 1990 to pursue an opportunity in the fundraising
industry and form R&M Fundraising LLC. In Las Vegas, he became a
member of the Rotary Club of Las Vegas. He relocated back to
Denver, CO for family reasons and formed Centennial, CO to
service schools and other non-profits.
In District 5300
he has served on several District Committees prior to his
governorship. He also was President of the North Las Vegas Club,
NV in 1993-94 and of the Centennial Club, CO. in 2009-2010. He
also served as president of the Southern Nevada Susan G. Komen
Breast Cancer chapter.
Randy relocated to Las Vegas, NV
and the North Las Vegas Club and formed Fundraising by Randy. He
was selected as the 2015-16 governor after several years of
District and Rotary opportunities, which included being a
Director of the Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee.
member and Director of the RRPFC he met his fiancée Beth
Anderson, multiple past-president of the Burbank Sunrise club.
They just brought their Rotary romance full-circle after getting
married in Hawaii during the Zone25/26 Rotary Institute.
He enjoys reading, golf and playing the tuba.
Rotary District 5330
Inland Empire, Southern California
Rudy Westervelt, DG
District Governor 2015-2016
Rudy is a member of the
Rotary Club of Lake Arrowhead Mountain Sunrise and is the
current District Governor for Rotary District 5330, which covers
the Inland Empire of Southern California.
is to create peace in the world through Rotary, which certainly
fits with this year’s float theme of “Working Together for
Rudy is the Convener for the Rotary World Peace
Conference 2016, which was selected to represent Rotary
International as the Presidential Conference on Peace and
Conflict Resolution and Prevention. The conference is hosted by
the six Southern California Rotary Districts and will be held on
January 15-16, 2016 at the Ontario Convention Center, Ontario,
The conference is a Solutions Conference
with over 100 experts with solutions to conflict in all sectors
of society joining with over 3000 Rotarians and non-Rotarians.
With 104 breakout sessions, 6 general sessions, a House of
Friendship with 120 booths, a Peace Concert, and an Interact
Conference for high school students, you will have a life
changing experience and develop an action plan to create
positive change in the world. Visit www.peaceconference 2016.org
for more information and register today.
Rudy has also
been the District 5330 Trainer, a President-Elect Training
Seminar and Rotary Leadership Institute facilitator, a member of
the District 5330 Visioning Team and an Assistant Rotary
Coordinator in Zone 26 (Southern California).
Rotary District 5340
San Diego, Imperial, and parts of Riverside Counties
Janice H Kurth,
MD, PhD, DG
District Governor 2015-2016
Janice earned her B.A. in chemistry from Austin College, Ph.D.
in human genetics from Stanford University, and M.D. from
University of Arizona, with post-graduate training in internal
medicine. Her professional career has included medical practice,
academic and industrial biomedical research, product and
software development, research management and pharmaceutical
medicine. She is now retired to a busy life of service to her
community, family and Rotary.
Janice is a member of the
Rotary Club of Del Mar. She was a Group Study Exchange Team
Leader to District 9200 (East Africa) in February, 2010 and has
served District 5340 in many roles over the last 11 years and
sponsored several Global Grants. She is very excited and honored
to serve as District Governor in 2015-2016. Janice is a member
of the Paul Harris Society, the Bequest Society and the Arch
Klumph Society of The Rotary Foundation. Her other service
activities include student mentoring and The San Diego Women’s
In her free time, Janice enjoys running, weight
lifting, traveling, reading, hiking, biking, and wine tasting.
She has been married to her husband Matt for 28 years. They have
two daughters, ages 24 and 26 years.
Rotary District 6540
Northern Indiana, U.S.A.
Floyd Lancia was invited to join
Rotary while serving as Superintendent of Schools in Van Buren,
Maine. While a member of the Van Buren Rotary Club he served in
various positions including club president.
With a career
change, and a move to Fort Wayne, Indiana, he was invited to
join the Anthony Wayne Rotary Club. While a member, Floyd served
on the board, committees and as president.
At the 6540
District level Floyd served as District Governor in 2009-10,
where he aided in the transition from zone 28 to zone 30. In his
continued district level service he served on numerous boards
At the Zone 30 level Floyd has served as
Assistant Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator, Endowment
Major Gift Advisor, governor trainer for two institutes and on
two institute executive committees. Floyd is now serving as
Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator.
International level Floyd attended six international
conventions. He spearheaded Matching Grants for water projects
in Mexico, eye surgical equipment in Nicaragua, nursing home
equipment, childcare equipment, a bloodmobile, cleft palate
surgical equipment in Brazil, school equipment in India, and
library material in Kenya. His visits to Sierra Leone for water
well dedications and the Polio National Immunization Day in
India are two of the six international missions that were most
Floyd and his wife Betty Lou have three grown
children and six grand children and serve the community by
supporting various non-profit organizations and share the
passion of the work being done through The Rotary Foundation by
being Arch Klumph and Bequest Society Members.
The Rotary Rose Parade Float is
not an official Rotary International program.