Fall 2016 Newsletter #5


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Hello from Cal Rotaract!

In the past two weeks, Cal Rotaract has participated in several events including Ignitus, Berkeley Project, Rotaract Olympics, and VIDA Warehouse. Shoutout to all of our members who participated and made these events a huge success! If you couldn’t make it to these events, don’t worry, come out to our Fifth General Meeting this Monday from 7-8pm in Tilden to learn more about our upcoming events! We will also be announcing 2017 Officer Board applications, so be sure to come out!

Table of Contents

  • Announcements
    1. End Polio Now
    2. Surveys
  • Upcoming Events
    1. Interact Committee Meetings #8 and #9
    2. Fifth General Meeting: Cast a Spell Ball
    3. Local Committee: Safe and Healthy Schools Conference
    4. End Polio Now 5K
    5. Internal Board Showcase
    6. Rotary Committee Meeting #5
    7. International Committee Meeting #5
    8. Local Committee Meeting #5

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End Polio Now Join us in the race to End Polio Now by either participating in our End Polio Now 5K (more information can be found below) or donating to our GoFundMe page here

All proceeds from the 5K registration will be pooled with Cal Rotaract’s End Polio Now 5K GoFundMe donations, which will then in total be matched 2:1 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation before being applied to Rotary’s vaccination administration organization: Polio Plus. ($15 becomes $45). Your monetary contribution will fund the necessary polio immunization vaccines and surveillance efforts, making a global impact and protecting children against polio forever.
Surveys We are constantly trying to improve our organization so that we can provide the best for our members! In order for us to improve our events and meetings for the future we need your feedback on our past events. Surveys for each event are posted on the event Facebook page during the event so that members can fill out the surveys immediately after an event ends. Each survey you fill out is worth 30 membership points, and this semester we are enacting a new system in which the first 10 members to fill out 10 surveys of our surveys will receive a $10 Amazon gift card! The link to all our surveys can be found here

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10/31, 11/7: Interact Committee Meetings #8 and #9
105 Dwinelle | 6-7pm
Interact Committee’s main goal is to bridge the gap between the collegiate version of Rotary, Rotaract, with its high school branch, Interact. Our committee’s main focus for the semester is the Cal Berkeley Rotaract Stayover (CBRS), in which we strive to empower youth to create a brighter and better tomorrow

10/31: Fifth General Meeting: Cast a Spell Ball
Tilden (MLK 5th Floor) | 7-8pm | FB Event

Cal Rotaract welcomes you to our 5th General Meeting dedicated to our organization’s fourth pillar: Rotary! For this meeting, our guest speaker will be O’Neil Dillon, a past Berkeley Rotary president and one of our strongest links to our sponsoring Rotary club. Join us as we discuss our End Polio Now campaign and recap Family Olympics, Berkeley Project, VIDA, and Ignitus. We will also be introducing upcoming committee service projects and Fellowship’s end-of-the-semester banquet, as well as announce 2017 Officer Board applications. 

11/3, 11/4: Local Committee: Safe and Healthy Schools Conference
Clark Kerr Conference Center | 6:45 am – 4:30pm | FB Event

Sponsored by Region 4 Tobacco Use Prevention and Education (TUPE), a two-day conference will be held at Clark Kerr Conference Center in Berkeley, CA. The two-day conference will feature two keynote speakers and many workshops on school health, mental health, alcohol/drug abuse, LGBTQ and FAIR Act, and many more. You will be able to sit in on any of the keynote speakers and workshops free of cost with our unique code! They will need Cal Rotaractors to help with set-up, registration, directing, and much more on both days. Sign up here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090e4babab2ea2fc1-northern

11/5: End Polio Now 5K
Campanile | 9am-1pm | FB Event

On Saturday, November 5th, Cal Rotaract presents its 4th annual End Polio Now 5K! Cal Rotaract’s End Polio Now 5K welcomes everyone to walk/run in solidarity with Rotary International and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in creating a polio-free world. With only two countries with active polio cases left in the world, we’re *THIS* close to ending polio. You can make a difference by participating in our 5K or donating! If you’re interested in participating in this event, please register here: http://tinyurl.com/F16EPN5K

11/6: Internal Board Showcase
TBD | 2-4pm | FB Event

Come check out what more Rotaract has to offer by attending our FIRST EVER Internal Board Showcase on Sunday, November 6th from 2-4PM! Our five lovely Internal Board Officers will be hosting and facilitating their own workshops on topics such as Photoshopping, editing pictures on Lightroom, Buzzfeed quiz making, budgeting and website building. This will be a chance for all of the Internal Officers (and their interns) to showcase their talents and for you to learn new skills! If you’re interested in attending, please RSVP by filling out this form

. Attendees who fill out this RSVP form will have priority seating to the TOP 3 workshops of their choosing. The deadline to RSVP is November 4th at 11:59pm so do it soon! ***11/6 IS DAYLIGHT SAVINGS DAY, so be sure to CHANGE YOUR CLOCK if it doesn’t automatically do so for you!***

11/7: Rotary Committee Meeting #5
79 Dwinelle | 7-8pm
The Rotary Committee serves to connect Cal Rotaract with Rotary International. Through our Rotary Mixers, Ignitus (a Ted-Talk inspired event), as well as our Mentorship Program, we hope to inspire members to continue service at the professional level. Join Rotary Committee to get more involved in the planning process for Rotaract’s End Polio Now 5K and take part in our Mentorship Program!

11/9: International Committee Meeting #5
75 Evans | 7-8pm
International Committee is a group of students passionate about international service. Through activities, fundraisers, and educational discussions, we strive to make Cal Rotaract and the Cal campus more aware of international and humanitarian crises. Join International Committee if you’re interested in planning and leading our international service projects!

11/10: Local Committee Meeting #5
205 Dwinelle | 7-8pm
Local Committee is one of the four committees in Cal Rotaract devoted to reinforcing Rotary International’s theme of “service above self.” We are committed to this theme by providing service at a local level specifically in the East bay/ Berkeley Area. Help us make an impact in our local community by joining our Local Committee!

11/12-11/13: Interact Stayover
Lower Sproul | 9am-3pm
Every semester, Cal Rotaract’s Interact committee invites 60 Interactors from local bay area high schools to spend 2 days and 1 night on our lovely UC Berkeley campus. We hold educational panels and workshops while fostering a passion for service beyond high school. For more information about this event, please contact our Interact co-chairs Sarah Yi or Justin Tan at interact@calrotaract.org


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask us online. You can also find us in person at our table on Sproul, MondayThursday from 10AM-2PM.

Yours in service,
Cal Rotaract Board of Officers
executive@calrotaract.org | http://calrotaract.org

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