“The Power of Hope” was the theme of the New Year’s Day 2020 Tournament of Roses Parade, and the Rotary float entry, chaired by Carpinteria Rotarian Wade Nomura, won the Tournament Volunteer Award for the most outstanding floral presentation among floats 35-feet and under. Featuring Penelope the Penguin taking a fantasy flight around the world, the float combined the Tournament of Roses’ theme with Rotary International’s theme of “Hope Connects the World.”
Optimist International (represented at the parade by Optimist President Adrian Elcock and his wife Ann, from Barbados) and Rotary have made plans to collaborate on future projects and events. Nomura said, “We have been working on this collaboration for some time through an International Summit we sponsor that brings together the International Presidents of Rotary, Optimists, Lions and Kiwanis. We are delighted to report that as a result of their recent summit, in April 2020, these four powerhouse service organizations will meet to create an action plan to collaborate and expand their local and global impact.”
Additionally, on another visit to Pasadena in his capacity as mayor of Carpinteria, Nomura presented the Donate Life/OneLegacy organization with a Carpinteria City Proclamation, declaring April as DMV Donate Life California month. OneLegcay/Donate Life is the largest organ recovery agency, serving 20 million people, 200-plus hospitals and 11 transplant centers.