On October 3rd, our club will help run the Rotaract Club of Santa Cruz County Bike Ride. Riders will be fininshing up a 200 mile, 3 day long bike ride at Upper Crust on Mission, put on to benefit local athletics and community projects benefitting Santa Cruz County youth. Along with admiring the riders athleticism and endurance, we will be setting up, tabling, selling raffle tickets, and cleaning up afterwards.
On October 3rd, our club will volunteer at Santa Cruz Rotary's Burrito Bash, located at the fairgrounds in Watsonville. We will be taking tickets, helping with contests, judging burritos (yum!) and helping with clean up, among many other activities. All proceeds from this event go directly back into the Watsonville community.
Rotaract of Santa Cruz County is thrilled to announce Child Aid as our new international project for the 2015-2016 school year. Child Aid is a nonprofit that provides literacy training to rural communities in Guatemala. Guatemala has the lowest literacy rate in Latin America, in large part because many teachers are not trained past high school, and many rural students do not have access to high quality books to learn with. Child Aid works to mitigate this by building and improving libraries, providing books, training teachers, and training librarians. Literacy improves children's educational outcomes and can eventually lead them out of poverty. Our club hopes to raise over $1200 for Child Aid this school year. To learn more about this project, visit child-aid.org.
Our meetings for Spring 2015 will be held on Mondays, beginning April 6, every week at 8:00pm in the Amah Matsun Conference Room, which is on the third floor above the Bay Tree Bookstore in the Quarry Plaza. If you are unable to make these meeting times, don't fret! All of the pertinent information from meetings, such as volunteer opportunities and social events, will be available in our email newsletter the day after our meetings. However, if you are able to come, it is a great way to get to know your fellow members and meet the officers! We hope to see you there!
We do not have a meeting on May 25, which is Memorial Day.
Our meeting times for the new year have been decided, and they will be held on Tuesdays every week at 7:30pm in the Cowell Academic Building Room 216, which is on the second floor. If you are unable to make these meeting times, don’t fret! All of the pertinent information from meetings, such as volunteer opportunities and social events, will be available in our email newsletter the day after our meetings. However, if you are able to come, it is a great way to get to know your fellow members and meet the officers! We hope to see you there!
To kick off the start of our new year and raise money for our dental hygiene "Smile Kits" that will go to children in the Philippines, we will be holding our first fundraiser of the year! It will take place on October 6 (Monday) at the Woodstock's Pizza in downtown Santa Cruz from 5pm-9pm. Be sure to mention Rotaract, and up to 25% of the proceeds from your order will go to our cause! If you would like to come and need transportation, send an email to email@example.com and we will provide it for you. This is a great chance to meet some of our members and find out what our club is like, and we hope to see you there!
Members attended the 2014 OPERS Fall Festival to start off the school year. OPERS Fest is highly attended by UCSC students looking for ways to get involved on campus, which often involves joining clubs like ours. We were able to tell many students about what we do and gained several new members from this event.
In what was perhaps the most ambitious event ever planned by the Rotaract Club of Santa Cruz County, we hosted 8 Interact Club members from high schools around District 5170.
In order to host Interact club members, all participating volunteers had to complete Rotary Youth Awareness Training. In addition, the Outreach committee went above and beyond, completing copious amounts of paperwork with the University to get the event approved.
Our volunteers gave presentations about various topics such as financial aid, time management, and more. Throughout the day, our volunteers hosted games for our guests, and the Interactors were given lunch and a tour around the campus.
The Rotary Club of Freedom kindly invited our club to a camping trip in Yosemite.
We assisted in the set-up and clean-up of Omega Nu’s 25th annual Ducky Derby. Omega Nu is a volunteer organization that contributes to charitable ventures and substantial scholarships for local high school students. In the past 5 years, they have awarded more than $230,000 in scholarships.