Category: Events

Past Events


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.

Past Events


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.‚Äč


Past Events


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*


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.


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!


Apply to be an Officer!

Click here to apply to be an Officer next year! This could be YOU!


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.

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
Past Events

Mentorship & Mocktails Mixer

Join us for mocktails and find your mentor or mentee!

We will be enjoying mocktails (non-alcoholic cocktails) while mingling with Rotarians as potential mentors. Rotaractors and Rotarians will participate in a speed-dating type of event where each gives their elevator pitches to see which Rotarian would be the best fit as their mentor.

Rotaractors will then be able to submit their preferences for who they would like to be their mentor. Matched mentors and mentees will then meet in person at least once per month with call checkins as needed.

Rotaractors can benefit from the Rotarians by receiving career and life advice, being held accountable for their goals,and being able to connect with a Santa Cruz professional. The Rotarians can benefit by gaining a millennial’s perspective, being able to share what it is like to be a Rotarian, and knowing that they are making a direct positive impact on a young person’s life.

Business casual attire is encouraged.

Event information:

3:30pm-6:00pm Saturday November 14th
Bruno’s BBQ
230 Mt Hermon Rd.
Scotts Valley, CA

Past Events

First Meeting of the Year!

The Rotaract Club of Santa Cruz County's first meeting of the year 2015 will be on Wednesday September 30th at 8pm in Kresge Seminar Room 159. Join us for more information on our club, upcoming service and social events, as well as what the year has in store for Rotaract!

If you cannot attend, you are still welcome to join us at our events advertised in the meeting recap. Subscribe to our newsletter to receive the meeting recaps. If you have trouble finding the room, please contact Jessie Case at (619) 971-8349. 


Woodstock’s Pizza Fundraiser

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 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!


OPERS Fall Festival

OPERS Fall 2014Members 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.


Interact with Rotaract Day

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.