The future of our Rotaract club is promising. Before we leap into the future, we would like to take you down memory lane and provide you the Secretary’s report as one of our duties to expose the impact and analyze our activities so far.
The Rotaract Club of Armstrong State University was registered as a Recognized Student Organization at Armstrong State University in early January 2016. On February 4, 2016, we received our official charter from the Rotary International. Since then, we’ve been at work, tirelessly putting together the foundation of this amazing organization. Our first meeting for the Rotary year 2016-17 was scheduled to be on August 29 but was canceled due to Hurricane Hermine. Since our scheduled first meeting, we planned for 12 meetings, one of which was again canceled because of Hurricane Matthew. In September 2016 we had 10 members and at our last meeting on April 2017, we recorded 28 in our membership. We are proud to say that our membership has grown steadily.
In Fall of 2016, we focused mainly on establishing the club, increasing membership and developing a relationship with Rotary and Rotaract clubs around the community. As a result, we continuously participated at Rotary Savannah South meetings and took our Rotaract representation to other clubs through our executive members and GRSP Students. As a relatively small and new club, we’ve completed 58 volunteer hours excluding all our meetings, after carrying out 36 projects big and small. We supported our Rotary clubs in their projects by attending Italian Dinner, The Dictionary Project, 5K Run, and Second Harvest Food Packing. We have also supported our own campus community by taking part in events such as Pirate Preview, Treasure Savannah, Asian Cultural Festival and LGBTQ Pride Week. We also extended our warm partnership to the Rotaract Club of College of Coastal Georgia, by attending their installation ceremony. They’ve been doing great work in the community and we are happy to have some of their representatives here with us today.
Our General Meetings have been unique. We hosted extraordinary speakers including District Governor Hamsa Thota, Rtn. Bill Jahn as a ShelterBox Ambassador, Lady Mahogany who’s the founder of Blessings in a Bookbag, Dustin Stewart from Armstrong SGA and even our own members Soley and William, in an effort to inspire Rotaractors to volunteer and get involved.
In November of 2016, we had our first installation ceremony. We inducted 17 new members and handed them their certificate, pin, badge and Rotaract polos. We’ve been creating leaders on our campus who are willing and able to go out and about in the city to create an inclusive and supportive community. We launched our official website in February and it’s available under the domain www.armstrongrotaract.org.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all Rotarians, Rotaractors, Armstrong staff, faculty and students for being supportive. We are looking forward to growing and do a great many things in our community in the upcoming years. Thank you.
Reported by Secretary Nipuna Ambanpola.
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