By Kevin Danco / Staff Writer and Christian Rosario / Editor-In-Chief
With over 650 hours between its members, Rotaract lead Raritan Valley Community College student clubs and organization in service hours for the 2013 fall semester. The student organization has 46 active student members and 5 active alumni members who volunteered their time toward community service projects and raising money for global humanitarian issues.
Rotaract’s work includes picking up trash on Readington Road, raking leaves for the elderly and hosting a community bingo night. They also raised over $950 through bake sales, where proceeds went toward efforts to end polio and The Green Nest, a youth-based non-government organization that educates underprivileged children and protects the environment.
In honor of their work, Rotaract was invited to a College Board of Trustees meeting on Tuesday November 19 in the Atrium Conference Room, the only organization to have been invited to two such meetings this year.
The club's advisor Professor Nemanja Nikitovic, known among his students as Professor Nick, club president Jack Yuan and freshman Kevin Danco spoke to the board members. Professor Nick expressed how proud he was of the club and its hard work. Club president Yuan then spoke about the fundraising for Operation Smile and the continuing efforts of the club to fight polio.
Danco read the joint legislative resolution from the state Senate highlighting some of the club's greatest achievements in the past year and acknowledging that they “set a standard of excellence toward which others might strive”. The club raised $134 after the speech by selling Rotary pins to the board members.
Students interested in joining Rotaract may come to one of the weekly meetings held at 1:00 PM every Thursday in room S244.