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The Rose Festival Announces New Leadership and the 2011 Theme

Nearly 20 years ago, Sue Bunday’s dad encouraged her to get her kids involved with the Rose Festival’s Junior Parade. She ended up taking nearly 75 Cub Scouts and Bluebirds to the parade and being recruited as a Rose Festival volunteer. Today Sue’s positive get-it-done attitude and increased skills at organizing kids of all ages have earned her the title of Rose Festival President (for a two year term starting November 1, 2010). The West Linn resident is the sixth woman named president to Portland’s Official Festival and she succeeds another West Linn resident (2009 and 2010 president Robert Hansen) to the post.

At the Portland Rose Festival Foundation’s Annual Board meeting on October 28, Bunday announced the 2011 Rose Festival theme,Carnival of Roses, which she helped select.

“I’m thrilled this theme pays homage to our beginnings as a Mardi Gras style extravaganza, as well as to today’s love of festivals and fairs and carnival rides,” Sue said. “This is what Rose Festival is all about — blending nostalgia and anticipation into one fantastic celebration!”

Five other directors were also elected to the Rose Festival board for 2011. These are: President-Elect Todd Johnston (of Selectron Technologies, Inc.), Vice President David Todd (Ph.D., Mt. Hood Community College), Secretary Arthur DeBow (Exhibition Director and Alumni Coordinator, Oregon College of Art and Craft), Treasurer Dr. Charold Baer (Professor Emeritus at OHSU) and Assistant Treasurer Frank Chinn (retired music educator).

During her 16 years on the Rose Festival Board of Directors, Sue Bunday has held several offices and chaired many events, most recently the Grand Floral Parade Committee. (Other volunteer efforts have included Cub Scouts, Camp Fire Kids and Doernbecher Children’s Hospital.) Bunday has worked for the City of Lake Oswego for more than 20 years.

Sue currently resides in West Linn with her husband Dennis, who in 2007 (during the festival’s Centennial Celebration), was named Volunteer of the Year. (Volunteer of the Year is an award given annually to a non-elected volunteer who contributes significant time and effort on behalf of the Rose Festival.) The Bunday’s six children are graduates of Wilson High School, and all have volunteered for the festival over the years.

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