The 2018 Rotary Rose Parade theme of “Making a Difference” seemed custom made for Rotary and as it turned out the Rotary International Float took top honors. It was recognized with the “Princess Award” for the best float under 35 feet in length. The advantage of having an award winning float is the increased air time and press coverage. This year was also special for this coverage because for the first time in history, the parade theme “Making a Difference” is the same as the current theme for Rotary International.
Each year the Rotary float depicts what we are doing to improve the world, and brings awareness to The Rotary Foundation as the way of achieving this. The float is 100% privately funded, without a cent coming from Rotary International. Via the Rose Parade, Rotary’s message reaches approximately 50 million viewers worldwide! Our district was the largest contributing district for the building of the Rotary float. All of the volunteers that help build the float are Rotarians and their families and friends. This year, Thousand Oaks Rotarians Patricia Jones and Angelique Friend rode on the float and Conejo
Valley Rotaract president Kaitlyn Alderete walked along side.
(Portions of this article were reprinted from January issue of Changing Lives newsletter, produced by Past District Governor Wade Nomura).