Guest Writer: The Decorating of the Rotary International Float

first_imgCommunity News Guest Writer: The Decorating of the Rotary International Float By KENNETH STICKNEY, Pasadena Rotary Club Published on Friday, December 30, 2016 | 5:42 pm Herbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Celebrities Who’ve Lost Their FandomsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyTop Important Things You Never Knew About MicrobladingHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Hollywood Divas Who Fell In Love With WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyNerdy Movie Kids Who Look Unrecognizable TodayHerbeautyHerbeauty Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Community News Business News First Heatwave Expected Next Week Top of the News 8 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Subscribe Christmas and New Year’s Eve is all about tradition, especially in the city of Pasadena. I wanted to be a part of Pasadena’s traditions in every way. I have been to the Rose Parade and the Rose Bowl many times but I have never helped decorate a parade float before.Every year since 1980, Rotary International has had a float in the Rose Parade and this year is the RI Foundation 100 year anniversary. As a Pasadena Rotarian it was time to check this off my bucket list. Volunteers from all over the country come to decorate the floats. For our float, we had a 10 day build schedule starting in December, with many days having two shifts. I put together a group of 14 club members and their friends. We picked a date and got on the schedule for Dec 28th 4 to 11 p.m. shift.On our appointed day our group met at the Rotary check in tent near the Rose Bowl Phoenix float build center where we were all given yellow Rotary T-shirts. It turned out 75 Rotary volunteers showed up for this shift. That’s a lot of yellow T-shirts! Ages ranged from 13 years old to retirement. There were Rotarians from North Carolina, San Francisco, La Jolla, Redlands, North Hollywood, Covina and Pasadena. Just on our shift! The build site must have had at least eight floats in different stages of completion. There were so many Rotarians we of course offered to help others with their floats. Yellow shirts were working everywhere.Some of our group was assigned to trim purple petals from very small flowers. Some were assigned to climb up on scaffolding to work on the float. You might find yourself gluing bark or leaves to a section 15 feet in the air or crawling into a small space where only a little 13 year can get into. A large group was assigned to glue rice, seeds and beans to the Rotary International Foundation sign. By using white rice for the background, yellow seeds and beans for the Rotary gear and those purplish petals for the Rotary name, you get a beautiful banner.At the end of the night all of us had a wonderful time. I learned new skills, met new people and made new friends. What a wonderful experience to share with my club and friends. Maybe I will make this a new tradition for me.Happy New Year!!Kenneth G. Stickneycenter_img Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Community News Make a comment More Cool Stuff EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy last_img read more

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How a simple “good morning” can get you moving

first_imgNot all of us are morning people, myself included. Having a young child means I’m up early everyday (weekends included) and although it’s tough to get going, I’ve found there are easy things one can do to start the day off right. Here are various things, including saying a simple “good morning,” that can help get you in your daily groove.Plan aheadOne surefire way to feel stressed in the morning is to be rushed and disorganized. To prevent feeling hectic first thing be sure to prepare the night before for the next day. Whether it’s readying your children’s lunches, laying out your work attire, or simply getting a good night’s sleep, being purposeful the night before will help the morning be less chaotic.Be politeAs mentioned above, saying an easy “good morning” to not only your family while you’re still at home, but also to your coworkers once you arrive at work can be a real game changer. No matter how tired or grumpy you may be, clear your head, smile, and be friendly. Starting the day out with a positive spirit can lead to a more productive and pleasant day, and it will also rub off on those around you and help to brighten their mood as well.Stick with your scheduleIt’s been proven that we thrive on structure and routine. So, try your hardest to maintain consistency in your mornings. Exercise, eat right, get your coffee, and map out the day. Sticking with a regular regime will keep you organized, boost your energy level, and leave you feeling geared up for a great day. 19SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Wendy Moody Wendy Moody is a Senior Editor with CUInsight.com. Wendy works with the editorial team to help edit the content including current news, press releases, jobs and events. She keeps … Web: www.cuinsight.com Detailslast_img read more

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Biggest Moments of Democrat Debate in Detroit

first_imgAuthor and activist Marianne Williamson is the number one Googled candidate at the Democratic presidential candidate debate Tuesday night.She took the debate stage in Detroit along with nine other hopefuls. Williamson, who mounted an unsuccessful congressional bid in California five years ago, led searches in 49 of 50 states.Governor Steve Bullock was number one in his home state of Montana.Democratic presidential candidates addressed immigration in America.Speaking at the second Democratic Debate in Detroit, former Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke said he would reserve the right to prosecute those who illegally cross the border.Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren said needs border security border security but shouldn’t criminalize families wishing to start a new life in America. Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders said “a mother and child walking a dangerous path” to cross the border are not criminals.last_img read more

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Pirates eager to put another dismal season behind

first_imgBRADENTON, Fla. (AP) —After the Pittsburgh Pirates hired Clint Hurdle as manager in November, the team’s players picked up their cell phones and went to work. They called other players who had worked with Hurdle during his recent stints as manager of the Colorado Rockies and hitting coach for the Texas Rangers. Both teams went to the World Series during Hurdle’s tenure.The Pirates, shell-shocked after losing 105 games last season, wanted to know if Hurdle really could make that kind of a difference with their club. The overwhelming consensus was, yes, he can. “Everybody had nothing but great things to say about Hurdle, so I’m excited to work with him,” catcher Ryan Doumit said.After finishing below .500 the past 18 seasons, the longest losing streak in North American pro sports, the Pirates can use any sign of hope.Hurdle’s arrival seemingly has sparked some enthusiasm—all 62 players had reported to camp by Friday, a day before the deadline.“We were getting rumblings that a bunch of them were going to show up (early) and they did,” Hurdle said. “It’s another sign of them taking accountability and responsibility for what’s in front of us.”Four players at the center of that rebuilding plan are outfielders Andrew McCutchen and Jose Tabata, second baseman Neil Walker and third baseman Pedro Alvarez.The 24-year-old McCutchen is going into his third season. The MLB Network recently rated him the best active center fielder in the game. He hit .286 with 16 homers, 56 RBIs and 33 stolen bases last season. ‘BEST IN THE GAME’—Pirates’ outfielder Andrew McCutchen prepares to run bases during spring training, Feb. 20, in Bradenton, Fla. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) last_img read more

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