SPRING SERVICE 2017

Grey Bear Brown Bag | Every Friday

The Brown Paper Bag Program delivers shopping bags of fresh produce and healthy staples to a network of sites and to homebound seniors in Santa Cruz County each week

Coastal Community Preschool Family Day Celebration | 4/15/17

6 members attended. Volunteers helped as a face painter, bubble station monitor, ice cream maker, petting zoo monitor and other fun activities.

Omega Nu Duck Derby | 4/22/17

2 members attended The 27th Annual Ducky Derby and Carnival put on by Omega Nu and the SC Parks and Rec Department

Rotaract District Conference, & Rise Against Hunger | 5/05/17-5/07/17

Many Rotaract members represented our club both professionally and through service!  At the Past District Governor Dinner (5/05), 5 members helped pass appetizers, bus tables, and clean up. On Saturday (5/06), volunteers helped package loew cost-nutritional meals for Rise Against Hunger 

Homeless Services Center Beautification  | 5/20/17

5 members attended. The Homeless Services Center had awesome volunteers to help make their Center beautiful.

Workday at Camp Harmon | 5/21/17

2 members attended. They helped complete paving outside the kitchen as well as install windows in cabins at Camp Harmon. Camp harmon is a local camp for people with disabilities ages 8-65 to provide education, outreach, and advocacy for all.

Spring Book Sale | 5/26/17

4 volunteers attended the event at the Santa Cruz Auditorium. Volunteers assisted customers, straightened the tables of books, managed the cashier, and other miscellaneous task to keep the sale running.

February 2017

Maria Martinez:  2nd year with  16.5 hours of service!

Why did you join Rotaract?

I joined Rotaract because I was affiliated with interact in high school and loved doing community service. I also wanted to join at least one club in Santa Cruz to make more friends.

What was a highlight in Rotaract? Could be a social, service event, or a random moment in meeting!

A highlight in Rotaract was the first service event that I went to in which we helped clean up a beach in Monterrey and in which I met some people that I would be friends with for a long time.

If you could choose a position, what would it be and why?

If I could choose a position, I would be historian because I love to take pictures at events and am very good with social media.

Is there any advice you’d like to pass on to future members?

My advice is to go to as many service and social events, both are a great way to talk to people and are a great way to get away from the stress that can be brought on by academics.

WINTER SERVICE 2017

Moore Creek Preserve Volunteer Day 01.16.17

13 Members attended. Volunteers pulled the invasive French broom plant as part of a long term project to remove the plant in the area and restore the reserve. Members had lunch together at MG Sushi.

Homeless Service Center 01.28.17

5 members attended. Volunteers helped with weeding, cleaning, and organizing projects. Volunteers also also organized spices and helped clean up kitchen and rehabilitation center.

English Ivy Removal 01.29.17 

Seven members attended. At Antonelli Pond, volunteers helped remove English Ivy, an invasive species. Members got sushi for lunch afterward!

Homeless Garden Project 02.05.17

4 members attended. We pulled weeds out from a patch of sage so that it could grow. Made lots of little snail friends. The Homeless Garden Project provides job training, transitional employment and support services to people who are homeless

Trivia Challenge 02.24.17

6 members attended. Volunteers helped set up and participated in the event.This event is put on by the Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz for the 8th year in a row. All proceeds benefit our senior programs: RSVP, Helping Hands, File of Life and Transportation

Teen Kitchen Project (Every Monday Afternoon)

3 members attended. Volunteers helped with cleanup and food preparations. This event is part of our individual skills fundraiser. Teen Kitchen is a non-profit organization that teaches teens and young adults to cook healthy and sustainable meals, which are then delivered to individuals or families who are in crisis due to life-threatening illnesses.

Grey Bears (Every Friday Morning)

The Brown Bag Program delivers shopping bags of fresh produce and healthy staples to a network of sites and to homebound seniors in Santa Cruz County each week.​

 

January 2017

Mia Weitz:  1st year with  20+ hours of service!

Why did you join Rotaract?

I joined Rotaract because I like doing community service and I was in Interact in high school. Also, I'm pretty sure Christiana gave me a cookie back at OPERS Fest so that I would join.

 

What was a highlight in Rotaract? Could be a social, service event, or a random moment in meeting!

A highlight for me in Rotaract was going on the SF trip. It was fun to hang out and get to know the other members while also exploring the city.

If you could choose a position, what would it be and why?

Well since I'm already going to be Secretary for next year, that seems like a good pick. I was drawn to this position because it seems like a good way to get more involved and help out with the club.

Is there any advice you’d like to pass on to future members?

To future members, I'd probably just say that you get out what you put in. Just go to as many events as you can and you'll have fun.

FALL SERVICE 2016

Barrel Wrap 10.01.16

We worked alongside Rotarians and Interactors from around the county, as well as Rotaractors from our sister club at CSUMB. 12 Rotaractors rewrapped barrels to later be used by Second Harvest for their holiday food drive. Everyone worked so hard that we finished almost an hour early!


FLC 10.09.16

We worked alongside Rotarians and Interactors from around the county, as well as Rotaractors from our sister club at CSUMB. 12 Rotaractors rewrapped barrels to later be used by Second Harvest for their holiday food drive. Everyone worked so hard that we finished almost an hour early!



Surf City Aids Bike Ride 10.09.16

This annual event raises funds for the Santa Cruz AIDS Project and is a lot of fun for volunteers and cyclists.Thirteen Rotaract volunteers helped prepared snacks and distributed them to the riders as they stopped by. Coffee and celery with peanut butter seemed to be their favorite! We were right by the beach in Capitola and it was beautiful.

We also got to pet a lot of dogs! *Woof Woof*

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Burrito Bash 10.15.16

The Burrito Bash is sponsored by the Rotary Club’s of Freedom and Watsonville. One hundred percent of the proceeds benefit charitable and civic causes in the Pajaro Valley. It was located at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds in Watsonville. Seven Rotaractors volunteered and enjoyed the event!

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Big West Conference 10.21.16-10.23.16

This year the 6th annual Big West Rotaract Conference took place at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. Rotaractors, Rotarians, and guest speakers attended for a weekend of leadership development and fun fellowship! Each year the conference hosts workshops in club, leadership, and personal development, along with inspirational speakers and fellowship for networking. The Big West Rotaract Conference is the largest annual Rotaract conference on the west coast of North America! 

This year, we were very fortunate enough to send 8 Rotaract officers to attend Big West! This is the most people we were ever able send. We would like to give a huge thank you to the Rotary Club of Santa Cruz, Capitola-Aptos Rotary and Sunrise Rotary for sponsoring the trip for our officers! We truly appreciate the help and support!

Our officers attended workshops, met Rotaractors from around the world and attended ASU’s homecoming game! Barbara Feder attended as our guest speaker. She spoke about End Polio Now and her experiences with helping immunize children in Pakistan.


Evergreen Cemetery 10.22.16

Volunteers spent the morning helping with restoration and beautification at Evergreen Cemetery on Make A Difference Day. Members helped in several projects including landscaping and replanting gravestones.

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Homeless Garden Project 11.05.16

The Homeless Garden Project provides job training, transitional employment and support services to people who are homeless. The Homeless Garden Project farm is a popular place for our club to volunteer at every quarter. We had a total of 25 volunteers help out with some hands-on work at the farm!

October 2016

 Denise Long:  2nd year with 8  hours of service!

Why did you join Rotaract?

I joined rotaract because I was in interact and key club in high school and wanted to continue volunteering in college.

What was a highlight in Rotaract? Could be a social, service event, 
or a random moment in meeting!

My favorite rotaract social is probably the camping trip. It was a great bonding experience. I didn't feel very connected to the club as a 1st year but after getting to know other members during the trip I began to look forward to attending more rotaract events.

If you could choose a position, what would it be and why?

If I could choose a position it would be secretary because I enjoyed being key club secretary in high school.

Is there any advice you’d like to pass on to future members?

Don't be afraid to try something new by attending as many service events and socials as you can!

November 2016

joshFlashback to Fall Quarter! We would like to congratulate members who have reached our expectation and more!

Josh Pe: 4th year with +20 hours of service!

Why did you join Rotaract?

I joined Rotaract because I have a passion for service and, unlike many other community service organizations, everyone was super kind and down to earth.

What was a highlight in Rotaract? Could be a social, service event, 
or a random moment in meeting!

My Rotaract highlight would definitely be when we volunteered in San Jose at FLC. It was cool amy seeing how much energy and spirit all the Interactors had!

If you could choose a position, what would it be and why?

I’d go for president, without a doubt. I feel like I can inspire members to share the same passion for service that I have.

Is there any advice you’d like to pass on to future members?

My advice for future members would be to join now! I regret not joining earlier because I would’ve definitely ran for president if I had another year.

Apply to be an Officer!

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The priority application deadline is February 21, 2017 by 11:59 pm but applications will be accepted up until February 25, 2017 at 11:59 pm. We encourage all interested members to apply to any position of their interest. Any questions regarding the application or the process may be directed to current board members.

February 2016

Congratulations to Member of the Month February 2016, Christiana Kardamilas! Christiana is a freshman affiliated with Cowell College, majoring in Neuroscience. She just joined our club January but has already earned 20 service hours, enough to receive a Rotaract pin. She has also attended all of our social events and even applied to be a board member next year. She will be the 2016-2017 Membership Chair. Thank you Christiana for all your enthusiasm and hard work.