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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Sunrise Rotary Bike Ride

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. 

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Burrito Bash

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.

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Introducing a New International Project!

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.

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Beach Clean up and Picnic

We will be doing a beach cleanup with Save our Shores at Davenport Beach, just up Highway 1. It is one of Save our Shores' new Xstream cleanups which target areas with intense trash and sites that can be challenging at remote locations including caves, beaches, rivers and inland dump sites.

Volunteers should wear sturdy footwear with hiking boots or similar recommended as the beach is only accessible via a rocky slope (not too steep). It is also good if volunteers can wear old clothes as you might get dirty and bring their own, preferably thick gloves.

Make sure you bring a filled reusable water bottle, sunglasses and a hat as well. We want to make sure everyone is staying hydrated!

After the beach clean up we will have a Picnic Potluck! Please bring items you wish to share with the rest of the group. Don't worry if you can't bring something, your company is plenty! Sign up to bring items here

We will meet in the Quarry by the parking lot for the Bay Tree Bookstore at UCSC at 8:30am on Sunday Oct. 4, 2015. The picnic will be at 11am, after the cleanup portion ends. 

Please email us at rotaract.santacruz@gmail.com if you would like to attend!