The Valley Line: Float association fetes its success

February 20, 2014|By Jane Napier Neely
  • Ann Neilson, past president of La Canada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Assn., congratulates Bill Pounders, incoming president, at the recent annual installation dinner.
Ann Neilson, past president of La Canada Flintridge Tournament… (Courtesy of the…)

Our town's Olympian, luger Kate Hansen, became a media darling of the games. Everyone is talking about her dance moves that she used to warm up for her luge slide down the track. Beyonce is her music idol and last Thursday morning the America Online home page even published her music playlist. The Queen Bey sent Kate a tweet that said, "Go Kate!"

Going into the Olympics, Kate said she wanted to have a good run and land in the top 10. She accomplished her mission. She also said she wanted to have fun and that she has accomplished too. We are proud of you Kate! We are waiting to celebrate you here at home.


With great excitement about 80 La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Assn. members, officers and guests recently gathered to celebrate the victory of the city's float, "Dog Gone!" which garnered the Bob Hope Humor trophy at the 2014 Rose Parade.


The banner proclaiming our float to be the recipient of the award on parade day was on prominent view in the Thursday Club building's main room where the festive dinner was held.

Tim Rahtz opened the meeting by giving the invocation and he gave thanks for the 36 years that people of widely diverse interests and talents united as community volunteers to create this year's whimsical float.

Mayor Laura Olhasso was the master of ceremonies and also handled the installation portion of the night.

Ann Neilson, outgoing president, presided over the meeting and recognized the retiring directors. Assisting her in the program were Peggy Hotaling, Pam Wiedenbeck, Janis Peterson, Jennifer O'Connor and Chuck Terhune, who in turn recognized some of the many individuals involved in all aspects of the creation of the float.

New directors elected to the board for a three-year term are Caroline Craven, Nymia Cucueco, Jim Geoghegan, Bob Neilson, Tyler Wright and Dena Hardin. They will join continuing directors Julia Cameron, Barbie Eland, Mike Leininger, Janis Peterson, Bill Pounders, Sarah Yegiazaryan, Clyde Hemphill, Corkie MacPherson, Jennifer O'Connor, Tim Rahtz, Chuck Terhune and Pam Wiedenbeck.

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