February 27, 2009

Clubs at Mount Allison: Rotaract

As I noted earlier one of the great things about Mount Allison being a small school is the opportunity for community involvement and even to lead you own groups first year. The school put a spotlight on Music of a Cure which began a few years ago.

But just this year there are new clubs. I've talked more established groups like Leadership and the SAC committees, but this year Lights Out Canada and War Child are starting up, and Rotaract has been restarted. I talked to Kiera Kent who took the lead with Rotaract, the University level of Rotary, just last month. The group works with groups in the community, as well as international organizations with the support of the Rotary Club. Already they have raised around $200 through a 50/50 raffle I was able to help with. That money will go towards Blood: Water Mission which helps provide clean blood and clean water to those in need in Africa. Each dollar provides one African a year of clean drinking water.

Groups that are registered with the Student Administrative Council are eligible to apply for funding and for a small school they are very generous with their funding.

If you want to get involved with Rotaract you can contact:
Kiera Kent, President (krkent@mta.ca)
Abby Wilson (alwilson@mta.ca)
Pierre Landry, Treasurer (pjlandry@mta.ca)

or you can come to meeting most Wednesdays at 6pm in Avard Dixon.

A little more about Rotaract from their website:

About Rotaract

Rotaract is a Rotary-sponsored service club for young men and women ages 18 to 30. Rotaract clubs are either community or university based, and they’re sponsored by a local Rotary club. This makes them true "partners in service" and key members of the family of Rotary.

As one of Rotary’s most significant and fastest-growing service programs, with more than 7,000 clubs in about 163 countries and geographical areas, Rotaract has become a worldwide phenomenon.

How does it work?

All Rotaract efforts begin at the local, grassroots level, with members addressing their communities’ physical and social needs while promoting international understanding and peace through a framework of friendship and service.

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