Rotaract Newsletter #1 Spring 2011

Hello Rotaractors!

A big thank you to everyone who came out to our First General Meeting! Please excuse us for the hectic start – the room was double-booked – but future meetings will run much smoother! It was great seeing so many new faces, as well as returning members, and we hope you enjoyed your chocolates! Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, Feb. 15, so please mark your calendars!

Quick Glance

II.How to Sign Up for Events/Meetings
III. Upcoming Events
IV. Joining the Club/ Club Fees


Rotaract is an international service club for individuals between the ages of 18-30. As one of Rotary International’s official youth programs, members of Rotaract clubs (known as Rotaractors), are part of the world’s largest service organization. Rotaractors perform service both locally and internationally, changing the world one person at a time!

For those of you who are still unsure about joining Cal Rotaract, here are some key points to remember as to why we’re different from every other community service club out there!

* Strong repertoire of international service!
* Rotarian support and professional development through resume building, interview practice, public speaking, event planning, and more!
* Direct participation through our committees.
* Member rewards and online service hour tracking!

II. How to Sign Up for Events/Meetings

At each general meeting we will hand out sign-up sheets where you can indicate your interest in events. Turn them in by the end of the meeting so we can know to email you more information!

If you are not able to come to our general meetings, you can still sign up online! When you read the upcoming events (below), you will see the details for an event as well as the contact information and a link to our event page, which is where you’ll sign up.

1. Click on the event link under event description. Once you reach the event page, you should see “Signups for [Event, Date].”

2. Look for your name on the Dropdown menu. If your name is not on the list, click “[Not on List] and enter your first and last name, email, and phone number. Click on “Add to List” to sign-up for the event or “Remove from List” to remove yourself from the sign-up list.

Pretty easy, right? If you have any questions, please contact Jahlela ( or Kimberley (

III. Upcoming Events

Leadership Symposium
Sat. Feb 5 | 6:45AM – 3:30PM | Pauley Ballroom, MLK Jr. Student Union
Come out and volunteer at the Leadership Symposium! The Leadership Symposium Conference is held to empower students to become leaders in their community. The day is filled with guest speakers, interactive workshops, and performances. Volunteers will work either morning shift (6:45-11:30) to set up the event and prepare registration or afternoon shift (11:30 – 3:30) to facilitate workshops and clean up. Breakfast and lunch will be provided, along with a free T-shirt!
– Morning shift: 6:45-11:30AM
– Afternoon shift: 11:30AM – 3:30PM
**It is highly recommended for you to attend training either on Thursday at 7PM OR Friday at 5PM at 102 Sproul. This training will help you better understand how to facilitate the conference on Saturday.
Questions? Please email Stephanie ( or Ingrid (!
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Event Link:

Family Night
Tues. Feb 8 | 7:00PM – 9:00PM | 170 Barrows
Come out to join a family within our Fellowship Program! Families are a great way to meet people who share your passion for service, and to bond through friendly competitions. Tournaments in the past have included basketball, volleyball, and even LAN. By joining a family, you will have the opportunity to meet fellow members at a closer, more intimate level. The six families are: The Axels, the Freds, the Gustaves, the Hirams, the Pauls, and the Silvesters. During Family Night, you will get the chance to meet all of the family heads and decide which family is right for you! Returning members will have the chance to rejoin the same family, or choose a new family. The Family program is a strong component of Cal Rotaract’s experience, and participation is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED.
Questions? Please email Kathy at!
Facebook Event:
Event Link:

Committee Night
Wed. Feb 9 | 7:00PM – 9:00PM | Eshleman Library, 7th Floor Eshleman
Do you want to get more involved and choose your own projects? Through our three committees that will be introduced: Local, National, and International, you’ll get a chance to voice your opinions and shape service to your interest!
Questions? Please email Steven at!
Event Link:

February Outing at Chaparral House
Sat. Feb 12 | 10:00AM – 4:30PM | 1309 Allston Way
Chaparral House, a small skilled nursing facility in central Berkeley, is looking for outing volunteers to help escort some of the elder residents in wheelchairs for the February Outing. Volunteers will accompany seniors to the Oakland Asian Cultural Center: Lunar New Years Festival & Out to Lunch at the Legendary Palace Chinese Restaurant. The festival is free for everyone, but volunteers will have to pay for their own lunch at the restaurant.
**This event is capped! A max of 10 volunteers are needed, so if you would like to participate, sign up ASAP!
Questions? Please email Stephanie ( or Ingrid (!
Event Link:

2nd General Meeting
Tues. Feb 15 | 7:00-8:00PM | 145 Dwinelle
Learn more about Rotaract and find out about our upcoming events at our second general meeting of the semester! Meet and get to know the other members in your family with family activities! Members who have paid their dues will also be able to pick up T-shirts!

IV. Joining the Club/Club Fees

Our membership fees are:
– $22 for a year (T-shirt included!)
– $14 for a semester (T-shirt NOT included)

Even if you have already paid for this semester, we ask that members please fill out a new membership application which will also be available at our table on Sproul Plaza. Please turn it in to us either at our general meetings or at our table (Mon-Thurs, 10AM – 2PM) with your dues.

We are all looking forward to meeting everyone, and we can’t wait to get to know you better during our upcoming events! Have a great rest of your week!
If you have any questions, please contact us at

Yours in service,
Cal Rotaract Board of Officers |


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