PWR's own DG Desiree Wilson is serving as an ambassador for the 2022 Rotary Rose parade float. The 2022 Rose Parade marks the 42nd consecutive year the RRPFC has spearheaded Rotary’s representation in America’s New Year Celebration. This year’s theme, “Changing Lives Through Education,” aligns with one of Rotary’s seven areas of focus, Basic Education and Literacy.   A sixteen-foot-tall owl embodies both the spirit of self-improvement and Rotary’s determination to make the tools of education available to everyone in every land. Books, a quill pen and a hybrid apple/globe  symbolize the importance of education throughout the world. Though this is not an official program of Rotary International, six sponsoring Southern California Rotary Districts and hundreds of individual financial supporters from all over the continent help the Float Committee design, build and enter a float that promotes Rotary and the important work Rotarians do throughout the world. Rotary International President Shekhar Mehta and his wife, Rashi waved to the crowds as they rode on the float.  
 
Yours truly was fortunate to have assisted in decorating the Rotary float when I was District Governor in 2008 - 2009. I along with two other Rotary couples from our district spent several hours the day before the parade adding the finishing touches to that year's Rotary float. One doesn't have to be a District Governor to be a float volunteer. Anyone interested in participating need only contact the committee to learn of available dates and times. The six of us were also able to purchased seats on the parade route to inhance our New Year's Day experience. I will always remember what a great time we had. For further information, please click on following link; Home - Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee (rotaryfloat.org) . Here is a another link to the video shared on the website: https://ktla.com/video/rotary-international-%e2%80%9cchanging-lives-through-education/7237078/ . My classmate, Gene Hernandez, is interviewed by a local TV station and he explains the idea behind this year's float.