15 years, Kiwanis has been sending volunteers from its various
youth service clubs to help Phoenix Decorating Company build floats
for the Pasadena Rose Parade.
There were 4,756 youngsters on duty this year. They applied flowers
to eight floats for Phoenix, one of four professional companies
responsible for designing and building floats.
In return for donated labor, Phoenix makes a donation to the Kiwanis
scholarship fund. Margo Dutton, coordinator of Kiwanis volunteers,
says the donation has grown from $2,000 in the first year to $6,000
Cal-Nev-Ha Kiwanis will use the funds to award 20-30 scholarships,
ranging upwards from $500.
The Kiwanis float originated as a Cal-Nev-Ha idea, but has benefited
Kiwanis International which has shared in its funding in recent
Most of the Kiwanis volunteers come from within an hour's drive
of Pasadena. Others come from further away. Merced has sent students
the last five years. This year, they had a delegation of 35 members
of both Key Club and KIWIN's from Merced and Golden Valley High
Schools. They stayed in motels and worked shifts on two days before
returning to Merced.
Other volunteers came from as far away as Las Vegas or San Diego.
Those who lived far from Pasadena watched the Jan. 1 parade on
TV, glowing with pride when they saw the floats on which they