One of the best things about being on the District’s Leadership Team is getting to meet the many different people committed to serving others in our District. On October 6th I had the distinct pleasure of sitting in for DG Bill Fine, (who had the very acceptable excuse of being at the White House for Rotary Day), to represent the District at the Chartering Ceremony for the new Rotaract Club at McDaniel College.
Here’s some stats for you. If you don’t know (I didn’t), Rotaract stands for Rotary and Action. Rotaract clubs are for young men and women ages 18 to 30. Rotaract is one of the world’s largest youth organizations with 175,000 members in 7,500 clubs in 156 countries around the world. As usual when it comes to Rotary, the scale is off the charts.
If you think this about young folk not knowing how to deliver the goods from the standpoint of doing meaningful service projects, then think again. This group already does a fantastic job on a project they call “Unsung Heroes” where they honor employees at McDaniel College that deserve recognition by the club. They are also a positive force in supporting the Oktoberfest event in Carroll County. If you get a chance to meet them you will realize that this is an accomplished group of scholars whose participation in Rotaract is just one of their many activities. They are so busy that the club typically meets late in the evening in order to accommodate member’s impressively busy class and work schedules.
Equally impressive was the support that Carroll County Rotary Clubs showed at the Chartering Ceremony. Past President, Jim Lightner, from the Westminster Club, presented the group with coffee mugs featuring the Four-Way Test, Peter Whitford, from the Bonds Meadow Club, gave a stirring talk about service opportunities with a prescient mention of Ebola. Past President, Bob Jackle, of Bonds Meadow, presented the Charter, and somewhere along the line one of the clubs (my bad for not getting this in the notes) presented the new club with a bell and gavel. Other Rotary brass included Area Governor, Mark Milby, President of Bonds Meadow, Wanda Lynn, and current Westminster Club President, Nora Drury. Special mention to Rotarian, Margaret Boudreaux, of the Westminster Club, who is a Professor of Music at McDaniel and the “fairy godmother” of this group….I mean Club Sponsor. NOTE: If you were there to support the club and I didn’t mention you, please don’t shoot your intrepid RFA reporter….it was past my bed time.
So add another lesson learned in my journey to DG and another thing to my To-Do List – learn a lot more about Rotaract in District 7620. When young people are this committed to community service it deserves our full attention. Stay tuned for more Rotaract news here at RFA.
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