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Parade Clowning Characterizes New President's Rose Festival Roots

August 20, 2008

Like every good husband, Robert Hansen 'volunteered' to help his wife Janie with a little float decorating in 1990. Because of his hard work (and maybe with just a little influence from 'the boss'), Robert was rewarded with the opportunity to walk along side the float in the Grand Floral Parade as a clown. From that day on he was hooked -- and he became involved in the Rose Festival every year after. On Thursday, July 31, the Foundation's Board of Directors passed the gavel to Robert Hansen as the 2009 President. "I really just started as a volunteer, but I appreciated every minute of it," says Hansen. "My goal as president of the foundation is to work with all stake holders in the festival to build and implement a model of sustainability while maintaining the traditions of this world class event."

Robert graduated from Pacific Lutheran University in 1980 with a Bachelor of Business Administration and is Director of Financial Operations for the Pacific Northwest with IKON Office Solutions. Robert and Janie were married in 1989 and have a son, Zach. Since joining the Rose Festival, Robert has served on ten committees (four as chair) and held five officer positions (including the 2009 presidency). The five other directors elected to the Rose Festival board for 2009 are: President-Elect Sue Bunday (the City of Lake Oswego), Vice President Todd Johnston (of Selectron Technologies, Inc.), Secretary Lorraine Hood-Jack (with Qualified Contractors, Inc.), Treasurer Dr. Charold Baer (Professor Emeritus at OHSU) and Assistant Treasurer David Todd (Ph.D. Mt. Hood Community College).

The new officers and Foundation are hard at work this summer with two off-season projects: a new Golf Marathon in September and the annual Rose Festival auction in October. Pre-season ticket sales and Sanctioned Events sign-ups begin in November.