Month: April 2018


Organization of the Month

School: Truman State University Region: MACURH
Nominee: Rotaract Club Nominator: Emily Priesendorf

On-Campus Population: 2600 Chapter Size: 26

Please explain the outstanding contributions of the nominee during the month of nomination

I am thrilled to nominate the Rotaract Club of Truman State University for outstanding organization for the month of April. Rotaract Club is the collegiate version of Rotary that commonly uses the motto “service above self”. Although Rotaract Club is a smaller service organization on Truman’s campus, the hard work and dedication of the executive board and club members have left a lasting impact on Truman’s campus, especially during the month of April. The initiatives made by Rotaract have specifically promoted the importance of community, wellness, and service.

Community- A high percentage of Rotaract Club’s membership including first and second year students. Many of these first year students start of their Truman experience without any familiarity of Truman and Kirksville. Rotaract provides a way for students to become integrated into the Truman and Kirksville communities. For example, this year the Rotaract executive board frequently encourages its members to attend Kirksville Rotary Club meetings during the week to learn more about service projects being created and implemented by Kirksville Rotarians. In addition, this year Rotaract Club hosted a variety of social events for members to attend and learn more about each other. One of these social events, which took place in April, was a scone walk. This is where Rotaract Club members were encouraged to walk together to a local bakery to purchase baked goods to get know other members in the organization. Although this was a simple and small- scale event, this event shows the organization’s commitment to building a community within the organization.

Wellness- This month, Rotaract also worked to promote health and wellness among the Truman and Kirksville communities. During the month of April, members were encouraged to attend an event called Mental Health First Aid. This is where students have the opportunity to become mental health first aid certified to help recognize the signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders and provide initial help and support to those experiencing a crisis. This opportunity provided Rotaract Club members an increased awareness of mental health problems and how to help others in need.

Service- Rotaract also provides many opportunities for students to serve others. During the spring semester, Rotaract members have been planing a danceathon event in April to raise money for the Make a Wish Foundation. Rotaract members took the initiative to reach out to various Truman organizations and businesses in the Kirksville community to encourage as many people as possible to attend and sponsor the danceathon to benefit the Make a Wish Foundation. On April 21, Rotaract members hosted the 7-hour daneathon event. Not only did this event take several months to plan and organize, but Rotaract members also sacrificed an entire Saturday to raise money for the Make a Wish Foundation. This shows the organization’s unwavering commitment to serving others. Rotaract’s hard work and dedication paid off as the organization raised an estimated total of $706 for the Make a Wish Foundation.

As you can hopefully see, the Rotaract Club of Truman State University has gone the extra mile this past month to instill the value of community, wellness, and service in its members. In doing so, the Truman and Kirksville communities have greatly benefited from all of their service efforts. With all of this in mind, Rotaract Club is worthy of recognition for outstanding organization for the month of April.

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Date of entry into database: 2018-05-04 20:58:41

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