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Rotary International
Phoenix Decorating Company

All the Places We Go!

All the Places We Go!

The theme was chosen through a brainstorming meeting of our Committee’s board of directors. We reflected on all the places we go to establish peace through our humanitarian service. Our theme is a variation on this year’s Tournament of Roses theme and the Dr. Seuss children’s book, “All the Places You’ll Go.”

The Parade theme “Oh, the Places You’ll Go” reminds us of all the places Rotary members go around the world to promote world understanding and peace and conduct humanitarian service. A central world globe represents the community and global service contributed by the Rotary International network of 1.2 million community volunteers worldwide.

“All the Places We Go” emphasizes Rotary’s worldwide humanitarian service. As the globe spins and gears turn, lotus and cherry blossoms and giant origami “peace cranes” remind millions of viewers around the world of Rotary International’s commitment to “Service above Self” while also reflecting Rotary International President Tanaka’s vision of “Peace through Service.”

FLOAT BUILDER: Phoenix Decorating Company

FLOAT DESCRIPTION: Height: 16.6, Width: 18, Length: 35

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Number of Years in Rose Parade: 34

Rotary International is a global humanitarian organization with more than 1.2 million members in 34,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas. Rotary members are men and women who are business, professional and community leaders with a shared commitment to make the world a better place through humanitarian service.

Our float is entirely decorated by Rotary volunteers who donate about 4,500 hours each year in preparing and applying the organic materials. Although the volunteers are mostly from Southern California, they are joined by Rotarians from all over the USA and Canada as well as Youth Student Exchange participants from around the world! We already have 14 Youth Student Exchange students from Czech Republic committed to decorate on December 29. Members of Rotary’s Interact and Rotaract clubs (representing area High Schools and Colleges) participate along with members of our adult Rotary clubs. The volunteer sign-up is very popular and every year sign-ups are full within weeks of the schedule’s posting on our web site.

FLOAT RIDERS: There will be 8 riders and 8 out walkers. 1. Sakuji Tanaka, Rotary International President joining us from Japan 2. Paul Geisel, a Rotarian joining us from Texas and the nephew of Theodore Geisel, “Dr. Seuss” 3. Steve Cooley, retiring Los Angeles County District Attorney and member of the Los Angeles 5 Rotary Club. Riders and out walkers are chosen to recognize them as outstanding Rotary volunteers particularly in their service to peace in our community and worldwide.

Updated on: 12/31/2012 7:35:55 PM

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