The Portland Rose Festival Foundation Board of Directors is the governing body of Portland’s Official Festival, the Best Festival in the World. This is a year-round commitment that peaks each spring as all of the parades, events and programs of the Portland Rose Festival are produced under the leadership of these volunteers. The Portland Rose Festival Foundation Board of Directors is made up of up to 75 local leaders who implement the Foundation’s mission, work on committees for Rose Festival events, and fulfill assigned roles at these events. Many of these hard-working volunteers even use their own vacation time to work on their assigned events. The Rose Festival truly could not happen without their dedication and commitment.
The Portland Rose Festival Foundation is a non-profit that serves families and individuals with programs and events that promote the arts, education and volunteerism. We value environmental responsibility, diversity, patriotism and our historic & floral heritage.
|Vice President:||Brett Baker|
|Secretary:||Arthur De Bow|
|Assistant Treasurer:||Sarah Friend|
Message from the Rose Festival President
In my second term as Rose Festival President, I’m even more aware of the impact the festival has on the local region, both socially and economically. Last year, after releasing our first in-depth economic impact study in more than a decade, we talked a lot about the latter impact, the annual $75 million influx of cash and commerce made possible by the Rose Festival.
This year’s theme, Making Memories, speaks more to the social impact of the festival, which is probably even more profound. For more than a century, the Rose Festival has been one of life’s markers for local families and guests, a time to pause and reflect and to celebrate what’s great about being alive today; and to reflect those things that connect us to the past and prepare us for the future. Making Memories is exactly what the Rose Festival does every year.
In this day and age, memories are captured in new and dynamic ways, through our technological devices and the vast media technology has created. Visual memories are immediate, both photos and videos; and sharing our special moments with one another and the world is as common as a handshake.
Because the Rose Festival recognizes the importance of that technology, we have recently invested in a new electronic home. For the first time in ten years, the Rose Festival has launched a new website, one designed with the needs and habits of our followers in mind. This site will respond to the myriad sizes and shapes of today’s devices while it provides the information fans need to plan their Rose Festival activities.
We hope you enjoy the new site and find ways it can help enhance your Rose Festival experience. And during this year’s festival season, while you’re making memories of your own, we encourage you to find new ways of sharing them with your friends, your family and your neighbors both local and around the world.
Rose Festival President