Spring 2016 Newsletter #2


Hello from Cal Rotaract!

These past two weekends, we attended our first two service events of the semester: Gardening and Crafting with Seniors & Rebuilding Together Oakland! Our attendees had fun gardening, crafting, cleaning, building, and getting to know the people they made an impact on! If you couldn’t make it to these service events, come out to our second General Meeting on Tuesday, February 16th in 182 Dwinelle at 7 PM to learn more about our upcoming events! We will also be revealing our families for the semester, so be sure to come out!

Table of Contents

  • Announcements
    1. Become a member!
    2. Joining a family
    3. Surveys
  • Upcoming Events
    1. Second General Meeting
    2. Rotary Committee Meeting #1
    3. Interact Committee Meeting #1
    4. RotaractArts @ the Wheeler Theater presents: Guardians of the Galaxy!
    5. Poverty and Homelessness Symposium
    6. First Family Competition: Minute to Win It
    7. International Committee Meeting #2
    8. Local Committee Meeting #2
    9. LoCo: Campus Tour & Chats

If you are new to our newsletters, welcome! The Cal Rotaract newsletter is a biweekly publication that contains important information on upcoming service events, socials, and other Rotaract news!

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Membership | Interested in becoming a member, but not sure where to start? Have no fear! In order to become a member, you must fill out our online membership application

and turn in your membership payment dues to us either at our table on Sproul or through our official Venmo account @CalRotaract. We have two packages to choose from: $15 for one semester, or $25 for two semesters. If you pay for the two semester package, you will receive a free Cal Rotaract T-shirt! Both packages come with exclusive paid member benefits such as being a part of the family system, access to mentorship program, and membership point tracking! Don’t miss out on this opportunity!

Joining a family | Being part of our Rotaract family system is one way you can meet new friends and get closer to your fellow service champs! Each paid member who applies to be in a family will be sorted into smaller group led by three to four family heads. Throughout the semester, each family will hold socials and participate in competitions with other families! Our family system remains extremely popular with our members. If you want to join in on the fun, become a paid member first and then contact our Family Coordinator Susan Wang at family@calrotaract.org.

Surveys | We are constantly trying to improve our organization so that we can provide the best for our members! Fill out our surveys so that we know what worked for you and what didn’t. Surveys are posted shortly after the event on the Facebook event page. For each survey you fill out you get 15 membership points, so make sure you fill them out!

2/16: Second General Meeting: Love at First Sight!
182 Dwinelle | 7-8pm | FB Event

Come out to our next general meeting to learn about our upcoming events, de-stress with your friends, and meet some new people! We will be revealing our families for the semester, so make sure you come if you signed up for a family! Here, you will also find out what’s in store for the next few weeks, like the individual committee project planning, service events, first Cal Rotaract family competition, our next club-wide social, as well as a joint-social with Circle K!

2/17: Rotary Committee Meeting 
TBD | 7-8pm
What is Rotary International? Rotary International is Rotaract’s parent organization, consisting of 1.2 million members in over 200 countries worldwide who volunteer their time to tackle humanitarian challenges on a local and international level. The Rotarians at Berkeley Rotary offer support for our club through individual and committee mentorship, sponsorship, and much more! Come out to the Rotary Committee Meeting if you want to learn more!

2/18: Interact Committee Meeting #1
TBD | 6-7pm
Interact Committee is still accepting applications! If you’re interested in joining, attending their weekly Thursday6-7pm meetings and/or volunteering just for Stayover weekend, apply here


2/19: RotaractArts @ the Wheeler Theater presents: Guardians of the Galaxy!
20 Wheeler | 7-9pm | FB Event

Has the midterm season hit already? Have no fear, for Cal Rotaract is here! The crowd has spoken: Guardians of the Galaxy is the Disney favorite! Unwind with us as we embark on a comedic journey with the likes of StarLord, Groot, and Rocket! Get as comfortable as you can by bringing pillows and blankets as you enjoy the showing. Also, don’t forget to check out our popcorn (cup) stand! To make things even better, the officer board will be here to empathize with you as the first wave of midterms approaches! Together we are the guardians that look out for each other!

2/20: Poverty and Homelessness Symposium
155 Dwinelle | 10am-4pm | FB Event

This event aims to raise awareness about poverty and homelessness via speakers, several workshops, a panel, and a set of performances. Our lineup this year will feature city council members, activists, non-profit representatives, and more! Come on out and join us in learning more about a struggle we witness every day here at Berkeley.

2/21: First Family Competition: Minute to Win It
160 Dwinelle | 11am-1pm | FB Event

Welcome to the Rotaract Family! We are kicking off with the first family competition, Minute to Win It! Families will be pitted against other families in one minute challenges that may seem simple at first, but require focus, persistence, and a good strategy. You definitely don’t want to miss out on what surely will be an awesome event. Which family will come out on top? We’ll find out at the competition 🙂

2/22: International Committee Meeting #2
TBD | 7-8pm
Our International Committee is one of the four committees offered by Rotaract! If you are passionate about international service projects and plan to be more involved in Rotaract, come to International Committee’s first meeting!

2/24: Local Committee Meeting #2
TBD | 7-8pm
Our Local Committee is one of the four committees offered by Rotaract! If you are passionate about local service projects and plan to be more involved in Rotaract, come to Local Committee’s second meeting!

2/26: LoCo: Campus Tour & Chats
Memorial Glade | 11:30AM – 2:30 PM
We will be joining a group of 80 high school students from a charter school in East San Jose for a slice of pizza and some honest college conversations after their official UC tour. This college campus tour is special because most of the students attending will be the first in their families to attend college, and for many, these trips are their only opportunity to visit colleges. This will be a very small, but interactive event where we will have an hour, from 1:30-2:30pm, for breakout sessions that include: hiking, mini tabling, or mini gym tours. Space will be limited to around 10 people available on a Friday afternoon!

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask us online. You can also find us in person at our table on Sproul, Monday-Thursday from 10AM2PM.Yours in service,
Cal Rotaract Board of Officers
executive@calrotaract.org | http://calrotaract.org

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