What’s SMRFA Up To, And How Can You Help?

Photo courtesy of SMRFA

Press Release and FB posts, posted 11/22/14 – As the Sierra Madre Rose Float Association (SMRFA) heads into the home stretch for the 2015 Tournament of Roses parade, please read the following information which shares info about SMRFA, some ways that you can help, and updates on the organization pulled from their FB page and press releases we’ve received.

SMRFA Could Use Your Help

It’s that time of year – the Sierra Madre Rose Float Association needs your help! A unique aspect of our float this year will be the use of a particular succulent in a geometric design.  But we need to find enough of this variety, aeonium haworthii, to make the design work.  These plants are very common in the gardens in and around Sierra Madre, so hopefully some of you can help us.  Don’t cut your plant now!!  If you have some to donate, call the float barn at 626-355-7005 or email us at volunteers@smrosefloat.org with your name, phone number and address and we will come out and look at your plant.  See the attached photo – it shows a red edge to the “rosette”.  We want both the red edged and the all-green variety.  We will be ready for them in early December.  Now for the details – each “rosette” needs to be between 2 ½ – 3 ½ inches across and have an attached stem of at least 1 ½ inches.  We don’t want to destroy your plant – we just need a handful of rosettes from each one.

SMRFA is also looking for people to help with a variety of things.  Volunteers are needed to help with feeding the volunteers (grilling, serving and clean-up for lunch and dinner), helping with the sales booth, shuttling around the area picking up supplies and helping to coordinate the volunteers. We also need help on the 31st selling left-over flowers and cleaning up after the float moves out.  It takes a village to produce a beautiful Rose Parade float which is why the City of Sierra Madre has been so successful for so many years.

Do you have an RV that could sleep 6 on New Year’s Eve?  The SMRFA float crew needs a heated place to sleep while parked near the parade route and would be grateful for a one-night loan.  We can provide a letter documenting your donation of the use of your RV for tax purposes. If you can help with any of these items or if you have further questions, please contact Bonnie, the SMRFA Volunteer Coordinator, at volunteers@smrosefloat.org or leave a message at the float barn (626-355-7005) and include your name, phone number and how you would like to get involved.

New Board Members Elected

Following are the results of our elections at the last meeting. These will take effect after the first of the year.

Officers: President – David Colcher
Vice President – Gwen Robertson
Secretary – Ilona Linden
Treasurer – Barbie Bevington

Board of Directors:
Greg Murphy
Linda Thunes
Chet Salit

Congratulations to the above and a big thank you for your service.

SMRFA Receives Generous Contribution From Spero Foundation

The Spero Foundation has honored SMRFA with a generous $1000 donation, to go towards the building of our float.  The Spero Foundation, established in December of 2008, is a non-profit corporation founded by committed and dedicated professionals from our community. A great big thank you to the Spero Foundation!