New Rotaract Club forming at Southern CT State University (SCSU)

New Haven Rotary President David Hunter giving opening talk

New Haven Rotary President David Hunter giving opening talk

The kick off meeting for D7980’s newest Rotaract Club was held in the School of Business at Southern CT State University (SCSU) last evening.

The New Haven Rotary Club has been diligently working to establish a University based Rotaract Club at SCSU and is sponsoring this new Rotaract Club.

Arzoo Rohbar is the SCSU student who has taken the initiative to launch the Club and will most likely be be Club’s first president. Rick Bassett (me) will serve as the faculty advisor for the Club.

Rotary District 7980 currently has 10 Rotaract Clubs; 7 are University based and 3 are Community based. The addition of this Club would make the count 11, 8 and 3.

Members of Rotaract are part of a global community of young adults taking action for positive change. Rotaract is a club for adults ages 18-30 that meets twice a month to exchange ideas, plan activities and projects, and socialize. While Rotary clubs serve as sponsors, Rotaract clubs decide how to organize and run their club and what projects and activities to carry out.

“Rotaract” stands for “Rotary in Action”, although the name originally comes from a combination of “Rotary” and “Interact” (International + Action), the high school level program created by Rotary International in 1962.

Rotaract originally began as a Rotary International youth program in 1968 at Charlotte North Rotary Club in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, and has grown into a major Rotary-sponsored organization of over 9,539 clubs spread around the world and 219,397 members

The purpose of Rotaract is to provide an opportunity for young men and women to enhance the knowledge and skills that will assist them in personal development, to address the physical and social needs of their communities, and to promote better relations between all people worldwide through a framework of friendship and service.

Students who are interested in joining this newly forming Rotaract Club should contact Arzoo Rohbar via email at Arzoo.Rohbar@gmail.com

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) held @ Camp Hazen in Chester

42 Young Adults from all over our district attended RYLA this weekend at Camp Hazen in Chester.

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is a leadership development program run by our district. While participants can be any age, our typically events focus on High School students. RYLA events are typically 3 days long and include presentations, activities, and workshops that cover a variety of topics, including:

  • Leadership fundamentals and ethics
  • Communication skills
  • Problem solving and conflict management
  • Community and global citizenship

 

 

 

RYLA Planning Meeting in Stratford Today

20140517-123800.jpgAbout 15 young facilitators from Youth Services came together today at the Homewood Suites in Stratford today to plan for the upcoming RYLA event which will take place at the end if this month at Camp Hazen in Chester. RYLA participants will sleep in cabins, engage in team exercises, enjoy a bonfire, make new lifetime friends, grow,  learn a considerable amount about inequities in society and presented team projects.

20140517-123819.jpgRotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is a leadership development program run by our district. While participants can be any age, our typically events focus on High School students. RYLA events are typically 3 days long and include presentations, activities, and workshops that cover a variety of topics, including:

  • Leadership fundamentals and ethics
  • Communication skills
  • Problem solving and conflict management
  • Community and global citizenship

More information on the RYLA program can be obtained by <clicking here>

 

Four Way Test Speech Contest Semi-Finals held at SCSU on Sunday

13 of our Rotary Clubs conducted their own 4-Way Speech Contests to determine their finalists. The finalists from these Clubs competed in the district semi-finals yesterday at Southern CT State University in the School of Business building (510 Crescent Street – New Haven). The field of 13 excellent candidates was narrowed down to just 3 as the competition was concluded.

The final 4-way Test Speech Contest will take place during the District Assembly Luncheon at the Mystic Marriott on May 3rd between 12 – 1:30 in front of a record crowd.

Rotaract Visits – a great way to spend a Wednesday night

Sacred Heart Rotaract Club Members

Sacred Heart Rotaract Club Members

Rotary District 7980 has 9 Rotaract Clubs and a 10th one in the process of being formed in Fairfield County <click to see the list>. I had the pleasure of visiting both the Sacred Heart Rotaract Club and the Greater New Haven Community Based Rotary Club on Wednesday night.

The Sacred Heart Rotaract Club is a University based Club with 20 – 30 members that meets twice a month at 9PM in one of Residence Halls at the University. They conduct fundraisers and do community service projects and have recently raised a  fair amount of money for PolioPlus. They are currently evaluating Water projects like the Sooutheast Asia project done by a number of our Rotary Clubs as a possible project.

Greater New Haven Rotaract

Greater New Haven Rotaract Member Recruitment at ‘The Bar’ in New Haven

The Greater New Haven Rotaract Club is a community based Club with around 25 members that is made up of young professionals (age range 18 – 30) that get together several times a month, usually at a local restaurant, for a meeting and to network and to plan their activities. The Club recently ran a Chili Cook-off event and a Road Race. On Wednesday the Club leveraged Facebook Ads to pull together a very successful member recruitment event at The Bar in New Haven.

GHCB Rotaract IMG_4999Rotaract is a service club for young men and women ages 18 to 30 who are dedicated to community and international service. Its membership totals over 184,000 in more than 8,000 clubs worldwide. Rotaract clubs are self-governing and self-supporting and can be either university-based or community-based. Individual Rotary clubs sponsor Rotaract clubs and offer guidance and support, making the Rotaract clubs true “partners in service” and key members of the family of Rotary.

Youth Services Progression Map

Youth Services Progression Map

Rotaract is critically important to the future of Rotary, as are all of the Youth Service programs, as it can be a direct path to Rotary membership for the young professionals when they graduate from college or when they ‘age out’ of the community based clubs.