The Buckboard Day Parade and Festival Committee
The traditions and pageantry of the Buckboard Days Parade & Festival is entering its 46th year in Rowland Heights. We hope this page will give you a glimpse of what goes on behind the scenes of this annual event and how it all comes together.
Buckboard Days began in 1971 as a fund-raiser for the Rowland Heights Junior Women’s Club to raise money for the various charities they supported. Today, it is an event put on to bring the community of Rowland Heights together for a day to celebrate our western history, have fun, and enjoy each other.
The Parade itself requires the dedicated involvement of a large group of volunteers. When all work together, it is intricate but not difficult, and is a very rewarding experience. The parade and festival benefit the entire community.
The parade committee volunteers include a mix of about 150 students and adults. The Rowland Heights Park staff are on the committee and organize the festival. Everyone works together to plan and put on the parade and festival annually.
2017 Buckboard Days Parade Committee
- Striving for excellence in what we do
- Respecting the Rowland Heights heritage
- Being innovative and inspirational
- Practicing teamwork with passion, commitment, and enthusiasm
- Promoting volunteerism, diversity and community support
- Teaching students the benefit of leadership and volunteerism
- Operating with honesty and integrity
- Bringing people together
- Enjoying community spirit
2018 Parade Leadership Board includes the following
Chair, Vice Chair, Recording Secretary, Corresponding Secretary, Treasurer, Past Chair
Chair – David Martinez
David moved to Rowland Heights in 1975, after visiting the area in the middle 60s during the summer. He visited a local ranch as part of a Mother’s Day Care Center Summer Camp, riding horses, feeding chickens, drying out rattlesnake skins, and generally enjoying the area, “What a Cool Place” he remembers saying. Well In the community he was a Little League Coach, Cub Scout Leader, Filmed the Rowland Raider All-American football leagues, the Hacienda Height Cougar All American Football teams. He helped with the Rowland Water Polo Team, help start Rowland’s First “Adopt-A Highway” group, Worked with Southern California Edison to identify. In 1978 his boy scout troop was in the Buckboard parade. Davis is in his 3rd year as chairing the Buckboard Days Parade.
Vice Chair – Bibi Leung
Bibi has been a resident of Rowland Heights since 1995, is the current President of Marketing Promotion Image, Inc. Bibi has been serving in the Rowland Council PTA as Treasurer since 2014, and is the Vice President of Scholarship since 2017. She was also the President of Alvarado Intermediate School PTA 2013-2014. Bibi joined the RH Buckboard Day’s Parade Committee in 2015 and has been the current Co-Chair of the Committee from 2016 to the present time. Bibi and her family are active volunteers of the Priceless Pet Rescue in Chino Hills. They are also very involved in their Home Owners Association meetings and activities to keep their neighborhood a safe and pleasant environment. For fun, Bibi loves travelling, scuba-diving, snowboarding and spending time with her beloved family and their rescued puppies.
Recording Secretary – Teri Malkin
Terri has been a resident of Rowland Heights since 1974. She is a retired high school teacher has been active on the Parade Committee for many years, most recently as Recording Secretary. In the past, she coordinated the 1st Scholarship Pageant to select the Buckboard Parade’s Royal Court. She serves her community as a Neighborhood Watch Captain, as a member of the Community Advisory Committee to the Walnut-Diamond Bar Sheriff’s Station, a volunteer at the Youth Science Center, and former “First Lady of Kiwanis Club of Hacienda Heights”, an organization that services Rowland Heights, including the R.H. Buckboard Parade’s Pancake Breakfast. She’s a member of RHCCC, the Rowland Heights Senior Pathfinders and regularly attends Rowland Water District Board meetings. Together, with her husband, David, they established the Malkin Family Scholarships for RUSD students going into “caring professions” and most recently are a sponsor for the R. H. Buckboard Days Parade. Teri has received numerous recognitions for her volunteer work, and with her husband, are often seen at community events. For fun, she does tai chi at Carolyn Rosas Park and hangs out with her Plum Crazy Ladies Red Hat Society Friends.
Corresponding Secretary – Brittnie Van De Car
Brittnie Van De Car is a resident of Chino and has been working at Rowland Water District for over seven years. She has a passion for water and knew she wanted to work in the “water industry” since she was in college. She graduated from the University of La Verne with her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications. Prior to working at Rowland Water District she interned at Cucamonga Valley Water District where she learned all the more about of the water industry. Brittnie oversees all the Community Outreach and Education for the District. She has been a part of the parade committee for several years and serves as the Corresponding Secretary. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, riding her dirt bike, enjoying nature, going to the beach, travelling the world and dancing. Brittnie is excited to bring the parade to the community and see all the residents come out and enjoy an awesome show full of excitement.
Treasurer – Lynne Ebenkamp
Lynne moved to Rowland Heights in 1970 and is a retired registered nurse and physician assistant. She has served as a volunteer on the Buckboard Parade Committee for several years, having been treasurer in 2017 and 2018, and has been a past co-chair. She has served as a member of the Rowland Unified School District Board of Education since 2013, is a founding member of Rowland Heights Day at the LA County Fair Committee, and is a past officer and current member of the Rowland Heights Community Coordinating Council. As a member of the Senior Pathfinders Club and the Plum Crazy Ladies Red Hat group, she finds time to have fun! She has been a past director and volunteer on the FOR US Education Foundation Board. Lynne and husband, Ted, enjoy volunteering in Rowland Heights and they have both been honored as Rowland Heights Community Heroes and past Grand Marshals of the Buckboard Days Parade.