New Rotaract Club at DCCC Fulfills Motto by Serving Others
April 18, 2013 – Students at Davidson County Community College have established a chapter of the Rotaract Club this year – and the group is already aiming to make a difference in the world. The club has been helping students in the Community Colleges for International Development (CCID) in a service-learning project, the “World Water Bridge” – an effort to help bring clean, safe water to communities in need around the world.
Specifically, the groups are working together to focus on raising money to build a new well in the Adaklu Village in Ghana, a country on Africa’s western coastline. The Rotaract Club has participated in events to help the CCID students in fundraisers, presentations and a Water Awareness Day to raise awareness on campus about the global issue.
This is just one of many initiatives the Rotaract Club has been involved in since its inception during the fall 2012 semester, notes Misty Burton, former DCCC Rotaract Club president. “We organize many projects and activities. For example, last semester, we helped a family in need on campus. We donated food, and bought a Christmas tree and decorated it with ornaments to give to them,” Burton says. “We also held ‘Paint the Pinkies for Polio’ – where students got their pinkie fingers painted for $1 to help raise awareness for polio worldwide. Eradicating polio worldwide is one of the main goals of the Rotary Club.”
Another event, held during the spring semester, was called “Meals of Hope.” The group packaged meals and donated them to a local food pantry.
“Our motto is ‘Service Above Self’ – and we try to live that by helping others, including other groups on campus in projects and fundraisers, such as the CCID students,” Burton says. “My hope for this club is that students at DCCC will join our efforts in placing ‘Service Above Self’ and continue doing great things.”
*Editor’s Note: Pictured from left to right are Chelsea Dempsey, new Rotaract Club president, with Kathryn Schenk, club adviser, at the group’s Meals of Hope event.
Founded in 1963, Davidson County Community College is noted for its quality educational programs and services. As one of 58 institutions within the North Carolina Community College System, DCCC offers studies in more than 50 degree programs. A fully-accredited, multi-campus college, DCCC celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. It is committed to developing minds, inspiring imaginations, and preparing students for enhanced career and educational opportunities within a changing global environment. Visit Davidson County Community College on the Web at davidsonccc.edu.