Sally M. Bixby [Photo: Tournament of Roses]
In a ceremony yesterday, the Pasadena Tournament of RosesÂ® Associationâ€™s Board of Directors confirmed Sally M. Bixby as President for the 2012-2013 Tournament year. Bixby will provide leadership for the 124th Rose ParadeÂ® presented by Honda and the 99th Rose Bowl GameÂ® presented by VIZIO on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013.
President Bixby revealed â€œOh, the Places Youâ€™ll Go!â„¢â€ as the theme for the 124th Rose Parade. â€œThe 2013 theme is about seizing the moment, throwing off the realistic cares of our daily lives and charging forth confidently,â€ said Bixby. â€œIt is meant to encourage all to reach higher than the highest star, and to create and explore a world that is full of possibility, rich with imagination, and bursting with discovery.â€
Bixby has been a volunteer member of the Tournament of Roses Association since 1989 and was elected to the Executive Committee in 2005. Throughout her extensive Tournament career, Bixby has served on many committees and was chairman of three; Queen and Court, Decorating Places and Host committees.
Bixby recently retired from a long professional career as the director of surgical services for two local hospitals. In addition to her 23 years of volunteer service in the Tournament of Roses, Bixby previously served as a board member for the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Foundation, has been a board member for the Wellness Community Foothills and is an executive committee member and treasurer for the Association of Operating Room Nurses, Los Angeles Chapter. She is also a member of the San Marino League, the Women of Pasadena, the Operating Room Nursing Council of California, the Association of California Nurse Leaders, the Association of Nurse Executives, the American Nurses Association of California, the National Organization of the American Nurses Association and the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.
A Pasadena native, Bixby is the daughter of Herb and Betty Maas. She attended Pasadena public schools through high school. She earned her R.N. from Pasadena City College and her Bachelors of Science and Master of Science in Health Care Administration from California State University, Los Angeles. She and her husband Harlan have three children, Hayden, Ryan and Parker, and eight grandchildren, Evan, Quinn, McKenna, Madeline, Parker, Duncan, Emily and Taylor. Bixby enjoys biking, golf, gardening and cooking.