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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.

Portland Rose Festival Foundation Board of Directors

Mission Statement

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.

2013-2014 Officers
President: Todd Johnston
President-Elect: Frank Chinn
Vice President: Brett Baker
Secretary: Arthur De Bow
Treasurer: Peter Mack
Assistant Treasurer: Sarah Friend


Message from the Rose Festival President

Todd Johnston In my second term as Rose Festival President, I’m even more aware of the impact of the festival and how important it is to have that impact be both meaningful and lasting. This year’s theme, Making Memories, refers to one of Rose Festival’s impacts, the way it creates and leaves an impression on everyone it touches, including the volunteers, participants and spectators.

This year we are connecting to the community in contemporary ways, both through technology–social media and our new, responsive website–and in our programming. For the first time in our history, we’ve selected an official charity, the Knight Cancer Challenge. The Rose Festival is calling on the community to help raise a billion dollars to help end cancer as we know it. With research and resources for treatment and early detection, we can have a lasting impact on people’s lives.

To give a donation to the Knight Cancer Challenge, go to

We have lots of exciting things in store for this year’s festival-goers. We’re making new memories with old favorites in 2014. We’re pleased to have the U.S. Navy, Coast Guard and Canadian Royal Navy back for Fleet Week (link). And for the first time in several years, the World Famous Budweiser Clydesdales will appear in the Grand Floral Parade (link). We’re bringing back a program that kept the community buzzing back in the 80s and 90s, the Rose Festival/ Treasure Hunt. The elusive Rose Festival medallion will be hidden somewhere in a five-county area, and even if your idea of a search begins and ends with Google, you’ll be as fascinated by the fun clues as the more serious treasure hunters.

Whatever way you choose to connect with Rose Festival, we hope you’ll engage with your friends both in person and on line by taking lots of pictures and even sharing those pictures at your favorite social media site. Watch for information about our Rose Festival Selfie contest right here at our website. If we run into each other, you might end up in one of mine!

Now go out and make some great memories at the 2014 Rose Festival.

Todd Johnston
Rose Festival President