Nate Trimmer, from CSULB’s Rotaract, boards the Rotary Rose Parade float

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nate-trimmerThe Rotary International float captures the ideal of Rotary service as well as the 2010 Tournament of Rose theme “A Cut Above the Rest.” The float, titled“Service Above the Rest,” is based on the motto of Rotary International — “Service Above Self.”

According to, the float riders represent the new face of Rotary, young men and women who are members of Rotary clubs, Rotaract clubs, and Rotary New Generations clubs. Nate Trimmer, from the Cal State Long Beach Rotaract Club, will be one of eight members to wave at parade viewers along Colorado Boulevard.

Nate Trimmer started his Rotary journey nearly three years ago in Long Beach as the founding president of the California State Long Beach Rotaract Club sponsored by the Rotary Club of Long Beach. Since the chartering of the CSULB Rotaract Club in fall 2007, Nate has continued his involvement through many avenues of Rotary service. He has attended two RI Conventions (and Rotaract Pre-Conventions), distributed polio vaccine in Caborca, Mexico during a National Immunization Day and has spent a week in Colima, Mexico delivering libraries to elementary schools. He continues to join Rotarians and Rotaractors in efforts to charter new Rotaract clubs. Nate helped charter the Rotaract Club at UCI in February 2009 and is in the process of helping to charter the CSUF and Lakewood Community Rotaract Clubs.

Nate is the Rotaract District Governor for District 5320 in Los Angeles and Orange Counties. He finished his Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Engineering at CSULB, will complete his Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Legal Studies May 2010 and plans to attend Law School in fall 2010 seeking a joint JD / MBA with an emphasis in intellectual property.

rotary-club-rose-paradeWhen Rotary International created it’s first entry in the parade more than 30 years ago, the organization saw a unique opportunity to communicate its message, “Service Above Self” to people worldwide.

“Rotary’s participation in the Annual Tournament of Roses Parade provides a great opportunity to reach millions of people with the message of Rotary’s commitment to service,” said John Kenny , President, Rotary International.

The 2010 Rotary float is a huge teddy bear, greeting parade viewers with an equally large wave of welcome to the Tournament of Roses. The fuzzy bear is clad in a doctor’s white coat, and sports a reflector and stethoscope to remind the world of the organizations’ commitment to eradicating polio worldwide. Rotarians have been spreading their attitude of “Service Above Self” and care for others since 1905 – epitomized by the large bouquet of roses being offered by the smiling bear.

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