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Volunteers are a Force

Lisa Donavon of West Virginia was on hand to work on the Donor's Float  her daughter Nicole was a donor.

Lisa Donavon of West Virginia was on hand to work on the Donor’s Float her daughter Nicole was a donor.

By Earl Heath

Before the drive down Colorado Blvd., Tamara Henderson put the final touches on the Rotary float. “I see the fun people are having and the joy the colors bring to them and it all worth it,” said the veteran who teaches at Bassett High in La Puente.

There are some 935 volunteer members of the Tournament of Roses Association. Each volunteer is assigned to one of 31 committees, with responsibilities ranging from selecting parade participants to directing visitors on New Year’s Day,

Gay Norris is known as “White Suitors” because of her distinctive white uniform that she and every volunteer wears. It’s been a part of her life for some 20 years. She has no intentions of letting go.

Not even her move to Tyler Texas six years ago stops her from returning to Pasadena annually to put in her volunteer time. “It’s a joy to be here and be part of something this special“, said Norris. “ People really appreciate us and its gives me a warm feeling whining you get things done and it brings a wide smile to some faces.”

Norris is one of several community-spirited men and women give up their evenings, weekends and holidays to ensure the success of the Parade and Game.

She has a great philosophy for those who wear the suites.” We are all equal, we all make decisions. You make a mistake you get teased, one motto is under promise and over deliver.”

Echos of Success at the Rose Parade

By Earl Heath 

The 128th Edition of the Tournament of Roses was a rare on in that it took place on Monday January 2 and the temperature (40 degrees) were closer to that of New England ‘s winter Day than that of a  Pasadena afternoon. Some million or so peopled lined the streets of Pasadena

“Never on Sunday” was the call by the for this year New Year’s day fell on a Sunday and with keeping with Tradition of the Founding Fathers. They believed Sunday to be a day for family and worship. Its theme “Echos of Success “ found a way through some 41 floats, 19 marching Bands and 20 equestrian units.

The three Grand Marshalls Olympians Allyson Felix, Greg Louganis and Janet Evans all had success during their careers. Thus there could not be a better trio for the theme.

What It Do With The LUE: The Youth

Aniya Randall

Aniya Randall

By Lue Dowdy

Awwwwwwwwwww shucks the NEW YEAR and the YOUTH is WHAT IT DO! Aniya Randall born on December 9, 2005 and born and raised in the Inland Empire is known for her many talents.

As a young child Aniya was no stranger to the entertainment world. She began dancing and singing along aside her talented dad R&B Singer, Yung Muusik.

Giving her the name, Princess Aniya, Yung Muusik has booked this talent young star in shows from the Inland Empire to Hollywood. Princess Aniya also was an act on the X-factor TV show. Performing, spending time with her dad playing with her friends and Lil brother is extremely important to this Lil Diva. I’m certain that she’ll make her way up the entertainment ladder.

Remember to always support the YOUTH. Until next week folks! L’z!