>A Rotaract Club is a Rotary club-sponsored organization of young men and women between the ages of 18-35 whose purpose is to provide an opportunity for young men and women to enhance the knowledge and skills that will assist them in personal development, to address the physical and social needs of their communities, and to promote better relations between all people worldwide through a framework of friendship and service.

The Rotaract Club of Spokane was started in 1991 by Dean Merritt (Rotary Club 21 past member) when a group of young professionals wanted a service club that fit their lifestyles and interests. Over the years Rotaract has grown to be a flagship organization for the “up and coming” leaders of Spokane. Rotaract is currently sponsored by Spokane Rotary Club 21.

Since 2005, our club has been hosting the Jr. Lilac Parade as a community service and fundraising project. Please note that we are doing this on a volunteer basis and do not have any paid employees working for our club and on the Jr. Lilac Parade project.

After all the operating costs have been paid, the net proceeds have been distributed to such charitable organizations as Camps for Kids, an endowed scholarship at Spokane Community College, and the Universal Playground Project at Mission Park.

The parade routes will be posted under the ‘parade info’ tab when they become available.

Parking this year for school buses and band vans will be in the Spokane Arena parking lot owned by Diamond Parking. Space is extremely limited and no private vehicles will be allowed in the bus parking lot. All clubs and organizations need to make other parking arrangements before meeting up at the assigned street. Line-up information will be emailed/mailed out as we get closer to the parade date. Please also note that no private cars, buses, or vans will be permitted to park at the Keller Williams building. Parking will be strictly enforced on Washington Street & North River Drive to make room for school bands, clubs, organizations, parade cars, dignitary vehicles, and the Spokane Police Department.

This year we are not hosting a post-parade banquet. Instead, we present trophies to the schools at year-end school assemblies and/or band concerts so we are able to recognize the students in front of their peers and family members!

Parade entry forms are available, as is online registration. You can fill them out electronically or by hand. Payment and Hold Harmless Agreements must be mailed to us. Please note that we depend on you to send them in as soon as possible to ensure that enough space is made between each band.

Unfortunately our club cannot guarantee a specific entry number or space before or after another group. If you are considered a filler or individual entry (not a school band), our hopes for you are to create space between the bands as they compete in the music categories. We will take your requests, however, because this is over all a music competition, our club cannot make guarantees.

If you have a contact that can help us secure television coverage for the parade, please contact us via email. We would be very interested!

The Public Relations chair can be contacted via our email address at info@spokanerotaract.com. Please note that we are very interested in meeting with all media, but because we are a volunteer organization, please give us at least 24 hours lead time to prepare for all interviews.

Please note that our group is not associated with the Spokane Lilac Festival; we are associated with Rotary International.  Please visit their website for more information about our sister parade, http://www.spokanelilacfestival.org/.

If you have a question, please don’t hesitate to email us at info@spokanejlp.com. We will email you back as soon as possible.

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