Rotaract Newsletter #2: Spring 2014

Rotaract Newsletter Spring 2014
Issue #2 February 12

Hello from Cal Rotaract!
Pictured above is a group of our officers all jazzed up for Family Night! We’re incredibly excited to welcome everyone to our new Rotaract families, which will be revealed at the general meeting *SALUTES* this Tuesday! The meeting’s theme of “Peace, Love, Rotaract!” demonstrates how the success of our club comes from the passion that our members have to do good around the world. We can’t wait to continue spreading our love for service as the semester progresses!

If you are receiving this email for the first time… Welcome to our mailing list! The Cal Rotaract newsletter is a bi-weekly publication that will provide information on upcoming service opportunities, exciting socials, and plenty of other Rotaract-related announcements!

** Upcoming Event Information
2/13: First Local Committee Meeting
106 Moffitt | 7-8PM | FB Event (
It’s time to get LoCo for service! Join us this Thursday for the first Local Committee (LoCo) meeting of Spring 2014! This will be an info-packed meeting, so you don’t want to miss it! In addition to going over all of the semester’s major events *SALUTES* and committee projects, we’ll also be joined by two awesome guest speakers: Rotary International’s O’Neil Dillon and Soumil Amin. They’ll be talking with us about ongoing service initiatives, as well as the importance of service in everyday life. Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to connect with two of East Bay’s most active philanthropists!

2/15: Garber Park Restoration
Garber Park via College & Durant 49 bus stop | 8:45AM-1PM | FB Event (
Rotaract’s Local Committee (LoCo) hosts our first local service event of Spring 2014; let’s get LoCo as we help restore the natural beauty and gorgeous open spaces of Berkeley’s Garber Park. We’ll be pulling invasive weeds, performing trail maintenance, and planting native species as we get to know one another through service and community impact. Meet at the 49 stop at the Durant/College intersection at 8:45 AM sharp (not Berkeley time!). We’ll be taking the 9:01 bus to Ashby and walking the rest of the way. Bring your AC transit pass and comfortable shoes/clothes, and prepare for any type of weather. Service ends at noon and we’ll likely walk back to campus. Water and snacks will be provided!

2/18: Second General Meeting *SALUTES* – Peace, Love, Rotaract
Location TBA | 7-8PM | FB Event (
Rotaract love is in the air, and we have some lovely things planned for you this general meeting *SALUTES*! Come out to meet your new families and take pictures in our themed photo booth! (Wear red, white, and pink for the full effect!) We’ll have plenty of Valentine’s Day candy for you to enjoy while listening to our event updates and guest speakers! Plus, our officers have a special surprised planned… You won’t want to miss it!

2/19: E-Luminate Book Building
Location TBA | 7-8:30PM | FB Event (
Get ready for the first International service project of the semester! We all attend the world class school that is UC Berkeley, but the fact remains that many others around the world don’t have nearly the access to the resources that we do. At this event, Rotaracters will be building their very own electronic education materials (that’s PowerPoints, PDF’s, Word documents, video, audio, etc.). You can pick any subject you’d like: English, Science, Math, Geography, and more! After they are completed, we will send them to E-Luminate to be used by children in centers in Uganda, Ghana, and Sierra Leone. Food and refreshments will be provided. Don’t forget to bring your laptops!

2/21: Breakin’ the Ice (Skating Social!)
Oakland Ice Center via Dana & Durant 1R stop | 6:30-10PM | FB Event (
How much does a Rotaractor weigh? … ENOUGH TO BREAK THE ICE! Rotaract will be having an Friday night ice skating social, and we’d love to have you there! Meet at the 1R stop on Dana and Durant at 6:25PM. Remember to bring your AC transit pass and $10 cash for ice skating and skate rentals! Please go to our FB event for more information!

** Announcements
Talent Search: Attention all Rotaractors! We are currently searching for talented people to perform at our upcoming Joint Charity Dinner on March 16th. This benefit dinner is a collaboration effort with Interact District 5160 and will feature a talent show. If you are interested in showing off your talent, please send an audition video to by March 1st! We can’t wait to see what you guys have to show us!

Family System: If you would like to be placed in a family, please make sure your membership forms and dues are turned in by 2/16. If you were unable to attend Family Night, be sure to email Farhan at with your top three choices for which family you would like to join. Families will be announced on 2/18 at the general meeting *SALUTES*! Also, save the date for the first family competition: Saturday, 2/22 from 7-9PM!

Berkeley Project: Cal Rotaract will be participating in Berkeley Project Month on March 1st from 8AM-4PM. Sign-up for the Cal Rotaract team here ( (Site leader: Catherine Wang). This event is first-come, first-served, and space tends to fill up quickly! Registration closes on Friday, 2/21.

** Thank You!
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask us online or at the table on Sproul, Mon-Thurs from

Yours in service,
Cal Rotaract Board of Officers| 

** Upcoming Events
1st LoCo Meeting,
106 Moffitt, 7-8PM

Park Restoration, 2/15
Garber Park, 9AM-1PM

2nd General Meeting *SALUTES*, 2/18
TBA, 7-8PM

E-Luminate, 2/19
Location TBA, 7-8:30PM

Ice Skating Social, 2/21
Oakland Ice Center, 6:30-10PM

** Membership
While most of our events are open to everyone, active membership has many benefits! Paying dues gives you access to:

• T-shirts and end-of-semester gifts
• Semesterly service hour and event tracking
• Professional mentorship by world class Rotarians
• Discounted end-of-semester banquet tickets
• Admittance into the Family System (including family socials and inter-family tournaments)

Our membership fees are:

• $25 for a year (t-shirt included)
• $15 for a semester (t-shirt not included)

Fill out the membership application that can be found at our table on Sproul or online ( , and bring the application along with the dues to either the next general meeting *SALUTES* or to our table! We table Monday through Thursday, 10AM to 2PM.

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