By all accounts, our resident nonagenarian, Bob Peterson, led a fun and productive meeting on Sept. 25. Featuring Beth Ander-son of the Burbank/Sunrise Rota-ry Club, the meeting attracted members and a guest, all of whom wanted to hear her dis-cuss Rotary’s 2013 Rose Parade float entry.

The float, pictured on page 2, is a bit of a departure from past years as it will be automated. Rotary International is asking all clubs to donate at least $25 to assist with the additional construction costs. Our board will consider the donation at its October meeting.

Despite suffering from laryngitis ("Thank goodness for our new microphone!" exclaimed Sandy Bagley), Beth soldiered through, sharing details about how much visibility the float earns Rotary. She also noted that RI reserves Parade seating each year and that any Rotarian may sign up as long as seats are available.

Individual members also are encouraged to donate to the float fund. The theme is "All the Plac-es We Go." Rotary has participated in the Tournament of Ros-es Parade since 1927.

Though it was probably a few decades later, Dean Nota shared that as a very young member of the welder’s union he helped weld together a frame for a Rose Parade float.

We were honored to welcome local activist and HB City Coun-cilman George Barks, who will return in October to update us our Sister City in Loreto, Baja California, Mexico.

President Jenn thanks Bob for standing in and will return to the lectern on October 9.