Dana & The Tournament of Roses Association

Nationwide Insurance Brokers - United Agencies President - Dana Coates Dana is a long time member of The Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association. Here he discusses his role as a volunteer:

  This is my team and me (below) in action on New Years, 2012. We were responsible for delivering snacks to several hundred other volunteers of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association, in preparation for the Parade which was held on Monday, January 2nd.

Pasadena's Tournament of Roses Association has many old traditions, among them, we never have the parade on a Sunday, and in return for that, we've asked God not to rain on our parade.

Nationwide Insurance Brokers - United Agencies President - Dana Coates In the 123 years that we've adhered to this informal agreement, it's only rained on the parade twice. Once in 2006 when Sandra Day O'Connor was our Grand Marshall, and once in 1955 when Earl Warren was our Grand Marshall. The common denominator between these two events, both Grand Marshalls were Supreme Court Justices. I have no idea what this means, but I'm sure someone out there will conclude that there's a conspiracy of some kind.

I've been a Tournament of Roses volunteer for 24 years. I started going to the parade with my family when I was just a little boy. In those days, we would roast hot dogs and marshmallows and keep warm by the fire. The Tournament used to allow fires in containers along the parade route. Our favorite method was to use old 55 gallon steel drums with the top cut off, and either oak (from Walter Tirrill's Lincoln Avenue Lumber & Mill) or mesquite wood that we would have collected from the high desert.

My dad was a T of R volunteer too, he joined back in the 1940's and continued until his death in 2006. Serving as a volunteer in the organization has exposed me to many experiences that I wouldn't have otherwise had.

I am very grateful for the opportunity to be able to serve my community in this way and I can truthfully say that many of the best memories of my life have been, in one way or another, associated with the Tournament of Roses.

Today, in addition to my volunteer work, my wife and I enjoy operating our risk management company and we're (happily) learning what its like to be "empty nesters", life is very good.

We have much for which to be grateful. 

Dana & Gina Coates January 2012

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