Club members from the California-Nevada-Hawaii District
found themselves in a sticky situation recently. No, they
weren't in trouble. Rather, they were among the thousands
of Kiwanis-family members-and their friends and relatives-who
risked getting their hands and clothes covered with glue
and petals this past December while decorating floats for
the 2007 Rose Bowl Parade.
on floats is an excellent way for Builders Club members
to experience the magic of the Rose Bowl Parade before it
unfolds," notes Larry Madick, the district's Builders Club
administrator. "Don't be mistaken, though, these kids are
there to work. Every inch of these floats must be covered
with organic materials-fruit, seeds, flowers, bark, and
grasses-and Builders Club members get on-the-job training
in applying all these things by hand."
Rosefloat of Pasadena, California, Kiwanis
club works with the Phoenix Decorating Co. in coordinating
the almost 7,000 Kiwanis-family members who pitch in each
December to decorate more than 10 floats for the parade.
In addition to Kiwanians and Builders Club members, California's
KIWIN'S, Key Clubbers, and Circle K club members join in
on the fun. This is the third year Builders Club members
have been allowed to work on floats.
started working on floats in 1958 and thought Builders Club
members would enjoy the experience of working on floats
and of working with fellow Kiwanis-family members," Larry
says. "Hopefully, they will continue their experiences through
high school and beyond.
must be 12-1/2 years old to work on floats, and Larry adds
that the Builders Club members involved number in the hundreds,
with most clubs sending anywhere from 10 to 50 members to
Ranchero Middle School Builders
Club members work on one of the many floats destined
for the 2007 Rose Bowl Parade.
Exhibiting traditional Builders
Club "sticktoitiveness," this Ranchero Middle School
student applies adhesive to a Rose Bowl Parade float.
Holy Family Grade School Builders
Club members meticulously place some organic materials
on a Rose Bowl Parade float.