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Wallace Rotaract Launches a New Year of Service

9/27/2019

Dothan, Ala. – Fall semester is a time of new beginnings for Wallace Community College-Dothan students. For some, it’s a time to think about service to others through membership in Rotaract. 

Wallace’s Rotaract Club is a community service and service-learning organization designed to promote civic responsibility and leadership among community college students. It’s also one of the most active clubs on campus because it networks with other WCC clubs and community organizations.

At Rotaract’s first meeting of the year, local Rotary Club members networked and encouraged students as they planned a very active service calendar. 

Cynthia Green, Dothan Rotary Club President and Director of Development at Wiregrass Rehabilitation Center, encouraged the group to serve, even past their community college careers. “Rotary is a world-wide organization of two million people, and Rotaract is a large part of what we do. Rotaract teaches leadership on the college level,” she said. “Serving is not always about giving money. Giving food to the Food Bank is serving. Hammering nails in a house – which for some will be the only home they ever own. That’s service.” 

Chris Pruitt of Flowers Hospital, who is on the Board of Directors for Rotary, oversees many youth-based projects for Rotary. He offered Rotary’s service to Rotaract to support the students and encourage them to serve in Rotary no matter where their careers may lead.

The Club’s first project of the year is the Citywide Fall Fling on October 31 at Westgate, an event the group volunteered for last year. It is expected to double in attendance this year.

Upcoming projects include the Homeless Stand Down and Salvation Army Ring the Bell at Wiregrass Commons, among others. They will also coordinate with a local group who is collecting canned food items and toiletries, which will be taken via trucks to Miami and shipped to the Bahamas to help with hurricane relief efforts.

On November 8, Rotaract will participate in the Student Government Association’s Cleanup Project. Students are assigned spaces in Dothan, but they also plan to clean sites in Midland City close to the College.

This project is part of the Alabama Community College System’s Clean Home Alabama initiative, which takes place November 1-11. All 24 Alabama Community Colleges will take part in the project.

“I commend you for being involved in your community, and for all of the projects that you plan to participate in this year,” said Dr. Linda Young, WCC president. “I’m a Rotarian, and we always share your projects in Rotary meetings. You are welcome to join us!”

These students are energized to help others in their community, and they can’t wait to get started.

Worldwide, there are 10,904 Rotaract clubs in 184 countries (www.rotary.org).

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