Rotaract Newsletter #1 Fall 2011

Hello Rotaractors!

A big thank you to everyone who came out to our First General Meeting! It was great seeing so many new faces, as well as returning members! For those of you who couldn’t make it, here is the SLIDESHOW (http://www.slideshare.net/CalRotaract/fall-2011-1st-general-meeting) from the meeting. Our next general meeting will be on Tuesday, Oct. 4th, so please mark your calendars!

Quick Glance

I. WHY JOIN ROTARACT?
II.How to Sign Up for Events/Meetings
III. How to Join a Committee
IV. Upcoming Events
V. Joining the Club/ Club Fees

I. WHY JOIN ROTARACT?

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 networking, 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. Please turn them into an officer 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 (jhasle@calrotaract.org) or Jessica (jchou@calrotaract.org).

** We are currently in the process of updating the look & feel of our website, so not all the event sign-ups will be up. Thank you for bearing with us during this transition! **

III. How to Join a Committee

If you missed Committee Night, don’t worry, you can still sign up to participate in a committee! Just fill out THIS FORM (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dGlZMlp6NDk2dHI0TjV2c05Zbkg1WlE6MA#gid=0)!
**Each committee’s first meeting will be be taking place next week!**

Local – Chairs: Tuhina Das and Marina Liang

Are you interested in helping out your local community through a variety of fun and interesting projects? Do you want to help create some awesome service events focused on our very own Berkeley/NorCal home? Then come check out Local Committee’s first meeting this upcoming Monday – we’ll have food, fun, and a great time talking about the events we can do together this semester!

Please contact Tuhina (tuhina22.d@gmail.com) or Marina (marinaJIN@yahoo.com) if you have any questions!

Meetings: 7-8PM, 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month. [First meeting: Monday Sept 12th, in 183 Dwinelle]

National – Chairs: Erin Gunter and Barbara Chu

Are you interested in national service projects such as Bone Marrow and Blood Drives? Join National Committee to help plan fundraisers and raise awareness for national causes! Come share your ideas and create your own projects, anything that is a national project can be proposed!
Please contact Erin (egunter@calrotaract.org) or Barbara (bchu@calrotaract.org) if you have any questions!

Meetings: 7-8PM, 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month. [First meeting: Thursday Sept 15th, 7PM 115 Barrows]

International – Chairs: Amy Edmonds and Katherine Zhang
Interested in changing the world? Join International Committee! Gain leadership experience, create friendships, and coordinate events which help people on a global level. Projects include building WAPIs (Water Pasteurization Indicators), LN-4 Prosthetic Hand Project, Vitamin Angels, Polio Plus, Third World Filmfest, and International Service Forum.
Please contact Amy (aedmonds@calrotaract.org) or Katherine (kzhang@calrotaract.org) if you have any questions!

Meetings: 7-8PM, 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month. [First meeting: Thursday Sept 15th, 8PM Location TBA]

IV. Upcoming Events

BOSS Playground Building Day #1
Sat. Sept 10 | 7:30AM – 5PM | 711 Harrison St
We hope you’re all looking forward to Rotaract’s first service project of the semester!
This event is going to be an amazing, weekend-long beautification project in which we’ll clean up an old property and build a children’s playground on top, from start to finish! Dress in comfortable clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. All shifts will receive free lunch!
Morning Shift: 7:30AM – 12:30PM (Meet in front of MLK student union)
Afternoon Shift: 12:30PM – 5PM (Meet in front of MLK student union)
Questions? Please email Tuhina at tdas@calrotaract.org!
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=236905549689378
Event Link: http://calrotaract.org/?p=4077

BOSS Playground Building Day #2
Sun. Sept 11 | 7:30AM – 2PM | 711 Harrison St (Meet in front of MLK student union)
We hope you’re all looking forward to Rotaract’s first service project of the semester!
This event is going to be an amazing, weekend-long beautification project in which we’ll clean up an old property and build a children’s playground on top, from start to finish! Dress in comfortable clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. Volunteers will receive free lunch!
Questions? Please email Tuhina at tdas@calrotaract.org)!
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=154486651306403
Event Link: http://calrotaract.org/?p=4088

Rebuilding Together
Sat. Sept 17 | 8:00AM – 4:00PM | Belvedere Ave
Do you like to paint and build things? Come out and help renovate the house of an elderly woman who is a widow of a veteran! There will be 2 shifts, and we will be meeting up at the bus stop at Bancroft & Telegraph to head over together.
Morning Shift: 8AM – 12:00PM
Afternoon Shift: 12:00PM – 4PM
Questions? Please email Stephanie (schan@calrotaract.org) or Vivian (vnguyen@calrotaract.org)!
Event Link: http://calrotaract.org/?p=4095

Family Night
Tues. Sept 20 | 7:00PM – 8:30PM | Location TBA
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! The Family program is a strong component of Cal Rotaract’s experience, and participation is strongly recommended.
Questions? Please email Kathy at klee@calrotaract.org!
Event Link: http://calrotaract.org/?p=4100

Rotarian Networking Night
Wed. Sept 21 | 7:00PM – 8:00PM | Location TBA
Who are Rotarians? Do you always hear of them but never have any face time to actually speak with them? Take advantage of this evening to get to know the wonderful entrepreneurs, professionals, PhD holders, philanthropists and many others who make up our professional Rotarian network! Ask them anything ranging from life experiences and goals to downfalls and successes. There will be an initial panel and opportunities to speak with all of them individually!
Questions? Please email Kimberly at kte@calrotaract.org!
Event Link: http://calrotaract.org/?p=4104

V. Joining the Club/Club Fees

Our membership fees are:
– $25 for a year (T-shirt included!)
– $15 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 be available at our table on Sproul Plaza. Please turn it in to us either at our general meetings or at our table (Mon-Wed, 10AM – 2PM; Thurs 10AM – 1PM) 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 info@calrotaract.org.

And if you have not done so already, please join the Cal Rotaract group on Facebook! This will allow you to receive invites to all the Rotaract Facebook events!

Yours in service,
Cal Rotaract Board of Officers
info@calrotaract.org | http://www.calrotaract.org

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