2018 Tournament of Roses President Lance Tibbet Honored at Pasadena Breakfast Tradition

Published : Friday, December 8, 2017 | 5:57 AM

Tournament of Roses President Lance Tibbet Honored at Pasadena

The Pasadena Chamber of Commerce feted Tournament of Roses Associations President Lance Tibbet at the Chamber’s annual President’s Breakfast giving community members the chance to hear Tibbet discuss Making a Difference, the Rose Parade’s 2018 theme.

Having nearly forty years of Tournament experience working his way up to his current role as President, Pasadena-born Tibbet is reveling in the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to lead the Tournament into another new year on a global stage.

“It’s really nice that the Chamber of Commerce recognizes the Tournament President. Yes, it’s a lot of years, it’s a lot of sacrifices, it’s all those things we get a lot out of it, but it’s nice they recognize our contribution to the city and what it means to the economic viability,” said Tibbett.

Pasadena Chamber of Commerce feted Tournament of Roses Associations President Lance Tibbet

Lance Tibbet

The breakfast hosted a mix of community leaders early Thursday morning inside the Hilton Pasadena ballroom, which was abuzz with animated conversation.

Honored special guests include the Royal Court as well as past Tournament presidents.

“The Tournament is family, but it’s also this ability to bring people together. In this world of dividers, it’s great to be a uniter and actually have people come together with families and friends and spend a day just enjoying,” said Tibbett.

Tibbet shared personal stories of his lengthy career as a Tournament member, and shed light on how he came to create this year’s theme, Making a Difference.

Tibbet has been a volunteer member of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses since 1980. He was appointed a Committee Chair in 2001, a Director in 2004 and was elected to the Executive Committee in 2010.

Tibbet also spoke about the hustle and bustle that is quickening now that the big parade is just a few weeks away.

“The planning is all the time, but between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, those are really the most chaotic, most exciting actually times. I’m going somewhere everyday,” said Tibbett.

Tibbet is a lifelong resident of Pasadena and recalled memories of the parade when he was just a young boy/ He reminisced about the inspiring places, people, and situations he has encountered since becoming involved.

Tibbet explained he has been to virtually every parade throughout his life with the exception of three years when he lived in Houston.

This year is particularly special.

“One of the things I’m really looking forward to is riding in the parade with my dad and my youngest son, who are members and the three generations represented,” said Tibbett.

Tibbet follows in the footsteps of his father, Bert M. Tibbet, a retired 24-year Tournament of Roses member.

For more information about the Tournament of Roses Association, go to www.tournamentofroses.com.