Based on a positive experience with Rotary International as a teenager, Chadron State College sophomore Abby Lane is spearheading the establishment of a chapter of Rotaract at CSC.
An informational meeting about Rotaract is set for Jan. 30 at 6 p.m. in the Ponderosa Room of the CSC Student Center. Refreshments will be provided and a suggestion box will be available for those who want to comment about possible service projects but are unable to attend the meeting.
Rotaract is a service organization for 18-30 year-old members in 167 countries. Through 8,000 clubs worldwide, Rotaract members are also provided opportunities for professional development.
Lane, who will be appointed as the president of the club, spent a year in France as a Rotary International exchange student after graduating at 16 from Cheyenne Central High School in Cheyenne, Wyo.
“There are a lot of service projects going on in Chadron, for the size of the town. Rachel Johnson from the Northwest Community Action Partnership is looking forward to working with us and providing sites where we can help such as Prairie Pines, Crest View, Closer to Home and others,” Lane said.
The psychology major is excited that Rotary International members from Chadron have volunteered to sponsor the campus group. They are Terri Haynes, a START advisor, Michele Rickenbach, assistant registrar, Karen Pope, director of alumni and development with the Chadron State Foundation and Connie Rasmussen, executive director of the Chadron State Foundation.
Lane said she is grateful for the opportunity the CSC students had to speak to the Chadron group, which was arranged by local chapter president Brenda Morford.
Other CSC students who will be appointed as officers in the new club include Mikayla Gallagher, vice president, Alex Clear, secretary, and Annie Johnson, treasurer.
Rotaract is in the process of becoming recognized as an official club by the Campus Activities Board. The group has established a CSC Rotaract Facebook page and plans to set up a Twitter account.
—Tena L. Cook, Interim Marketing Coordinator