2022 Float Riders and Outwalkers

The Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee Inc. presents “Changing Lives Through Education” as the theme of our January 1, 2022, float.

The seven sustaining Districts each sponsor a walker for the Float.

Rotary International President 2021-22
Rotary Club of Calcutta-Mahanagar
West Bengal, India

Rotary International President Shekhar Mehta is the 4th Indian to be nominated to be the President of Rotary International. He graduated from St. Xavier College Calcutta. He did Master in Commerce from Calcutta University and then the Chartered Accountancy, Cost Accountancy and Company Secretary-ship. He heads the Skyline Group engaged in real estate development in different parts of India. He is a member of many professional, social, cultural and charitable organizations. He is a Trustee of Operation Eyesight Universal India a Canada based organization, Shelter Box UK. He joined Rotary in 1985. He is a member of Rotary Calcutta Mahanagar and was District Governor in 1999-2000. He was the director on the board of Rotary International for the years 2011-13. He has held many positions at the international level. Prominent amongst them are he was chairman of Strategic Planning Committee of Rotary International. He was chair of the Joint Committee on Partnership of Rotary International and the Rotary Foundation. He was the chairman of Rotary India Literacy Mission and chairman of Rotary Foundation India. He was chairman of Rotary India Centennial Celebration. He has helped Rotary add 2 countries to its fold Bhutan and Maldives. Keenly dedicated to service Shekhar has led some major service initiatives in India. Some of them are constructing 500 homes for Tsunami survivors at Andaman & Nicobar Islands. Starting the Shelter Kit program which has served about 20 disasters in India distributing more than 10000 shelter kits helping about 50000 disaster victims. Healing Little Hearts: having got done more than 2000 heart surgeries for children all over India. He has conceived, designed and scaled up the Rotary India Literacy Mission by starting initiative like conceiving and starting the TEACH program. The program today has a reach in the entire country of India. More than 3000 Rotary Clubs participate in this program making it one of the largest program of Literacy and Education by Rotary in the world. He has initiated construction of 7000 plus toilets in rural West Bengal benefiting 35000 villagers. He has been instrumental in setting up 15 eye hospitals all over India. He is recipient of all the highest awards of Rotary International. Service Above Self Award, the Meritorious Service Award and the Distinguished Service Award. Shekhar is married to Rashi. Rashi is a stage actor and has performed in many places across India. She is a Past President of Inner Wheel.

They have 2 children son Chiraag married to Geeta settled in Delhi and daughter Chandni pursuing PhD in Delhi. They have one grandson Veer. During his year as President of Rotary International Shekhar asks Rotarians to Grow More and Do More. His mission for the year is a leap in membership to a never before 1.3 million. He wants Rotarians to focus on Empowering Girls – be it in Education, Health, Skilling or WASH. He urges all Rotarians to Serve to Change Lives. His own guiding mantra is Service is the rent that we pay for the space we occupy on this earth. Ladies and gentlemen Rotary International President for the year 2021-22 Shekhar Mehta

District 5330 –  Inland Empire, Southern California
Yucca Valley Sunset Rotary

Chris Gubler has been involved with Rotary for over 25 years. He is a member of the Yucca Valley Sunset Rotary Club known in Rotary “as the little club that can”. Chris has served as club president five times and is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow. Chris says, “Rotary International affords the opportunity to help a broad spectrum of worthy causes, both locally and globally.” “It is a privilege to be a part of such a humanitarian organization.”

Growing up in Altadena, Chris is no stranger to the Rose Parade. The Gubler family donated orchids to the Cal Poly Rose Float in the 70’s and 80’s. Chris is the third-generation orchid grower and is currently the President of Gubler Orchids Inc. He is a graduate of Cal Poly Pomona with a degree in Ornamental Horticulture and with minors in Botany and Marketing. Chris is married to Debbie who he met at Rotary. Together they have two daughters. Jessica and Kelsey. Kelsey also a Rotarian, represents the fourth-generation orchid grower and was a member of the Rose Float committee at Cal Poly Pomona.

The Gubler family partners with the Yucca Valley Sunset Rotary to host the Morongo Basin Orchid festival held in the first week of October for the past 25 years, with all proceeds benefiting charities throughout the high desert communities. Chris and his team of Rotary volunteers developed a format that was inclusive to all charitable organizations to participate and benefit from the Annual Orchid Festival. A model that is now being used by other organizations. The Festival has grown considerably over the years, now generating over $28,000.00 per year for Desert charities. Funds are equitably distributed through the Yucca Valley Sunset Rotary Club.

Go to the History page to see past float riders and outwalkers.