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  Date: January 3, 2008
Title: Float building glue that binds Kiwanis family

Thousands of Kiwanis-family members rang in the New Year by spending countless hours building floats for the 2008 Tournament of Roses Parade—and about 480 million television viewers were on hand to see their hard work pay off.

Kiwanians young and old worked side by side to place hundreds of thousands of flowers, seeds, fruits, vegetables, and leaves to create the 23rd Kiwanis International Rose Float, bringing to life the float’s theme of “Serving Children Worldwide.” The Kiwanis family also provided volunteers to decorate more than 10 additional Rose Parade floats.

“From the Kiwanis family, we had volunteers from Aktion Club, Key Club, KIWIN’S, Builders Club, Circle K, and of course, Kiwanis,” says Margo Dutton, Kiwanis Rose Float District committee on-site and volunteer coordinator. “We had close to 6,000 Kiwanis-family volunteers and about 100 non-Kiwanis volunteers who found us through our Web site. We had a number of volunteers from out of state, from as far away as Tennessee, South Carolina, and Illinois.”

Kiwanis International President Dave Curry and his wife, Eva, were among the lucky 12 riders on the float for the 119th Rose Parade, themed “Passport to the World’s Celebrations.” According to the Rosefloat of Pasadena Kiwanis club Web site, the float was made of chrysanthemums, erianthus, statice, orange lentil, strawflower, parsley flakes, onion, and other plant materials.

A Kiwanis-family member puts finishing touches on the Kiwanis Rose Parade float, themed Serving Children Worldwide.
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