Promoting service and teamwork equals leadership, friendship

Commentary by Shaniece Lewis
Times-News correspondent
teens20@thetimesnews.com

   “Service Above Self” is the motto for the college level International Service Club titled Rotaract. For high schools interested in promoting teamwork and service activities for their school and community, there are also Interact clubs available.
   Being mentored by fellow members of the Rotary of Alamance (and there are five Rotary clubs withinAlamanceCounty) with resources from Rotary International and the Rotary Foundation allows both clubs the ability to learn and grow in the realm of philanthropy. Club members are inducted as students and are nurtured to develop into prosperous leaders that embody the vision of helping those who cannot help themselves.
   One particular Rotaract club is now thriving atAlamanceCommunity College (ACC). The club is comprised of about 20 members with majors from Business Technologies to Welding (and still growing), with the inclusive leadership of six officers plus three dedicated club advisers.
   Starting from the ground up, the Rotaract club President and Vice President worked extensive hours during the summer with the help of the club coordinator, Business Technologies Department Head, Guerry Stirling-Willis, to revamp the once active service club at the college.
   With proper guidance, teamwork and effective communication, these two leaders were able to mold the creative structure needed to engage prospective students to want to contribute to a renowned club with a profound mission intact—to be part of a global effort that brings peace and international understanding to the world.
   Due to the recruiting success, the Rotaract club at ACC was able to efficiently promote Breast Cancer Awareness by distributing pink ribbons and pink Tic Tac mints and selling raffle tickets for an Ipad2 during the month of October, with more than enough profit returns to donate a total of 75 percent of the allocated proceeds to the American Heart Association, toward meals for needy families within the institution, and to the Patsy Tingen Scholarship Fund that assists Business Technology majors at Alamance Community College.
   For the Christmas season, the club is partnering with the Rotary Club of Alamance for an International Service Project, the Pack-A-Thon, in which team members work together to package raw food materials to send overseas to assist needy families. The club is in the process of implementing new plans for the upcoming year to promote not only financial assistance, but fun and friendships back into the community where and when it’s needed the most.
   For information, visit www.rotary.org and “like”AlamanceCommunity College’s Rotaract Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ACCRotaractClub.

 Shaniece Lewis is a senior at Alamance Community College and a Teens & Twenties writer.

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