Author: Bailey Duarte

Members of the Month

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.

Members of the Month

January 2016

Congratulations to Member of the Month January 2016, Marcelo Chan Yu! Marcelo is an international student from Brazil and a member of the Rotaract Club Terra des Aguas. Marcelo is majoring in Electrical Engineering. He has attended many Rotary meetings this quarter, regularly attended rotary meetings, been to several community service events, and is a member of the Fundraising Committee. Thank you Marcelo for being an amazing member, and keep up the good work.

Members of the Month

November 2015

Congratulations to November Member of the Month, Will Knudson! Will is a first year transfer affiliated with Porter College, majoring in Marine Biology. He has attended many Rotary meetings this quarter, and regularly attended general meetings. Thank you Will for being a fantastic member!

Members of the Month

October 2015

Congratulations to October Member of the Month, Courtney Golts! Courtney is a freshmen affiliated with Porter College. She’s been extremely involved and attended many service events. Thank you Courtney for exemplifying Service Above Self!


Congrats to 2016- 2017 Board of Officers

Congratulations to the Board of Officers for 2016 – 2017! I have nothing but confidence in all of your abilities and cannot wait for what you will all bring to the table. Enjoy your spring training!  Thank you to those that applied, this was an extremely competitive year. Please continue to be involved by joining our committees and being an active and involved member.

Co-President: Cindy Tiet

Co-President: Bonni Baichon

Secretary: Brianna Ramirez

Treasurer: Courtney Golts

Fundraising Co-Chair: Karina Gonzalez

Fundraising Co-Chair: Cori Calabi

Membership Chair: Christiana Kardamilas

Service Chair: Alyssa Adams

Outreach Co-Chair: Huong Le

Outreach Co-Chair: Millie Angulo

Professional Development Chair & Adviser: Bailey Duarte

Historian: Eric Arauza

Webmaster: Jana Eisner

Future Events

2016-2017 Officer Applications

Hello Rotaractors!

Officer Applications are finally here! We hope you apply to help make the 2016-2017 Board an amazing team. Please send a hard copy or email your completed application to the club by February 10th 11:59 pm. If you have any questions or want to further discuss the responsibilities of any position, please do not hesitate to email us or ask an officer!

Rotaract Officer Application 2016-2017

Positions Include:

  • President, Vice President, or Co-President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Fundraising Co-Chair
  • Outreach Co-Chair
  • Service Chair
  • Membership Chair
  • Professional Development Chair
  • Webmaster
  • Historian

Introducing Our New Local Project!

This school year, Rotaract Club of Santa Cruz County is happy to partner with Jacob's Heart for our local project. Jacob's Heart is a Watsonville based nonprofit that works with families facing a diagnosis of pediatric cancer. Their services include bilingual counseling, group therapy sessions, monetary assistance, assistance with transportation, and much more. Their mission is to provide children and teens diagnosed with cancer with strong, supportived families fully equipped to participate in their care, and to provide a safety net for the unique needs of every child and family.


Introducing Mentorship Programs for the 2015-2016 School Year!

This year, Rotaract will offer two mentorship programs for members interested in professional development. The first is an enhanced Rotary Membership Program, which gives Rotaractors a chance to connect with Rotarians in their potential career field. This mentorship offers work shadowing, networking, and valuable, experience-based advice. This year the Rotary Mentorship Program will feature mixers, which allow Rotarians and Rotaractors a chance to make connections organically, and find people who mesh profesionally and personally. The second program is Rotaract Connect, a brand new initiative which gives UC Santa Cruz students a chance to connect with older Rotaractors who have already made the transition from college to a career. This program is designed to give Rotaractors a sense on what to expect from and how best to prepare for postgrad careers and life in general. We are excited to start these programs and tap into all the knowledge available from the experienced, highly capable network of Rotaractors and Rotarians surrounding us.


Fall Leadership Conference

On October 11, we will attend the Fall Leadership Conference, District 5170's biggest event of the year. Last year, this event served over 4,000 Interactors, teaching essential leadership skills and giving knowledge that will deepen their commitment to serve. At this event, Rotaract will assist with a service project, and represent Rotaract to thousands of Interactors who are likely to play a big role in our future. Rotaractors will gather at 7 am, bright and early, so we can reach Independence High School in San Jose by 8:30 for a full day of volunteering.