Officers Spring 2015


Kamran Siddiqui, President

Year: Junior
Major: Computer Science and Economics
Service passions: Disaster Relief, Helping Children, Education, Anything relating to the environment and helping others 
Hobbies:
  Hanging with my fambam/friends, eating, working out, wrestling, mixed martial arts, web design, learning new things, reading, writing, watching TV, singing, and traveling!
Contact: ksiddiqui@calrotaract.org or executive@calrotaract.org
Why Rotaract: My initial inclination to join Cal Rotaract was sparked by the idea of meeting new people, through the process of making new friends I developed a better sense of community and for one of the first times in my life had the feeling of fulfillment. The main reason I stayed with rotaract is because I felt like a part of something; the people I met were genuine, good-natured people. This sculpted my greater ideals; it compelled me to think of the numerous ways this community has given back to me; the only way I could reciprocate, is through service and interacting with other rotaracters to not only better our own Cal community, but also to help impact the larger realm, this world.
About Me: Hai everyone! My name is Kamran and I’m extremely excited to be serving as your President this semester! Cal Rotaract has come to be my home away from home; it not only serves as a way to give back to my community, but also helps build lifelong relationships and everlasting friendships. I absolutely love everything about this club and I am glad to be representing Cal Rotaract as president. Outside of rotaract I like to work out, wrestle, play golf, and eat different kinds of exotic food. So if you’re ever looking to hangout, talk, or just eat, I’m always down to make new friends and experiences!! I also love meeting new people and listening to all your opinions, so be sure to swing by and say “Hi!” don’t worry I don’t bite. ^_^ I want to befriend all y’all lovelies and make this a remarkable experience for everyone!

Alice Zhang, Internal VP

Year: Sophomore
Major: Pre-Haas, Computer Science Minor
Service Passions: Events that involve working with children are especially fun, but I love all types of service activities in general!
Hobbies: Drawing, watching sunsets, exploring big cities, window shopping at home decor stores, learning guitar, reading, playing with my dog
Contact: azhang or executive@calrotaract.org
Why Rotaract: I was in Key Club in high school and also volunteered regularly at my local libraries. It was such a fulfilling experience that I really wanted to continue being involved in community service in college. So, I found Rotaract and with it an amazing group of people who have come to be my second family. What could be better than making a difference while bonding with passionate and inspiring individuals?
About me: Hey everyone! My name is Alice and Rotaract is my Wonderland! I’m from Los Angeles and I love giraffes, alpacas, foodie adventures, and laughing at bad puns. As an officer this year, I’m really hoping to help keep up the warm, inviting spirit of community I felt when I joined Rotaract. I love making new friends so definitely feel free to come chat with me if you see me around! Can’t wait to share an amazing year of Rotaract adventures with you all!

Boz Bueno, External VP

Year: Sophomore
Major: Public Health
Service Passions: Healthcare and Clean Water/Sanitation
Hobbies: Reading, watching scary movies, Texas Hold’em, hanging out with friends.
Contact: executive@calrotaract.org
Why Rotaract: Having been in Rotaract in high school, joining as a freshman was something familiar at at time when most everything was completely new. This club completely exceeded all expectations I had. We do really good work here and I honestly believe this club attracts some of the best people at Cal. Everyone is extremely friendly and I am glad to call so many of them my friends!
About Me: Hello everyone! I’m Boz and I’m really excited to be your External Vice President this year. A few quick things about me: I’m from a small town called Prunedale in the Monterey Bay, spaghetti is my all time favorite food (and basically all Italian food for that matter), and I know how to play the trombone. It’s weird to say that I’m almost halfway done with my time here at Cal; the time has gone by so fast. I’m so glad that I’ve gotten to spend nearly all of it with Cal Rotaract. Being an officer last year challenged me in so many ways, and I am excited for my next challenge as an exec. I look forward to meeting and getting to know all of you!

Joanna Chau, Secretary

Year: Junior
Major: Microbial Biology
Service Passions: Education, working with children, hands-on projects (WAPIs, local park/creek clean-ups, etc.)
Hobbies: Daydreaming, cooking, knitting, kendo (when I’m not lazy and I actually show up to practice), finding new shows to watch (and then letting them consume my life), reading, being with my friends, looking at pictures of food at the peak of my craving mode
Contact: jchau@calrotaract.org
Why Rotaract: I joined Rotaract in the spring semester of my freshman year because I was in Key Club in high school and I wanted to continue being in a service club. I really enjoyed meeting and working with other students that were truly passionate about service, so I decided to stay in Rotaract and become an officer to make sure that others also have an amazing experience.
About Me: My name is Joanna and I am the secretary for 2015! I’m responsible for some behind-the-scenes work, such as membership points and newsletters (if you find a typo in the Rotaract newsletter, you know who to blame). I’m not much of a talker, especially in large groups. However, if you need someone to listen to you, feel free to start a conversation with me! I am from Union City (next to Fremont) and I’ve traveled outside of the Bay Area only a couple of times. Thankfully, Rotaract has given me the opportunity to meet a diverse group of students. With that said, I hope I get to know and befriend all of you during my term!

Young Oh Choi, Treasurer

Year: Freshman
Major: Intended Business Administration / Political Science
Service Passion: My passion for service is the promotion of the standards of living in developing regions/nations. Among the variety of sectors that contribute to promoting the standards of living, I’m mainly concerned with the provision of quality education for the general public.
Hobbies: Hanging out with my friends, fantasy basketball, reading the news, watching TV shows, listening to music, and stuff.
Contact: ychoi@calrotaract.org
Why Rotaract: I initially joined Rotaract because of my roommate’s suggestion. Before that I have never heard of Rotaract or ever took part of Interact in high school. However, attending several Rotaract events, I realized that Rotaract is a great club and opportunity that simultaneously allows me to give back to the community and meet remarkable people with diverse backgrounds.
About Me: Hello! My name is Young oh Choi. I was born in South Korea, but I’ve spent most of my life in North Africa and the Middle East. I have lived in Tunisia, Lebanon, Jordan, Morocco and the United Arab Emirates. I can speak 3 languages: Korean, English and a bit of French.
I love to eat at Thai Noodle II at Telegraph Avenue. I go there on a rainy/chilly day; it’s a ritual. So if you want to have a warm bowl of noodle soup with me, HIT ME UP!

Virginia Lin, Impact Chair

Year: Sophomore
Major: Economics
Service Passions: educational equity, children, and anything hands-on that makes a direct impact!
Hobbies: sleeping (Zzzzzz), hanging out with friends, watching basketball, traveling, and going on BOBA ADVENTURES
Contact: vlin@calrotaract.org
Why Rotaract: I joined Rotaract because of the feeling that I get when I give back to the community. To my surprise, Rotaract not only opened opportunities to do community service, but also helped me meet amazing people with similar interests. The club has allowed me to be a part of something that makes a big impact, and I don’t plan on leaving anytime soon!
About Me: Why hello! My name is Virginia and I’m so excited to serve as the new Impact Chair! I was born and raised in the beautiful city of San Francisco, but I went to really small schools so Cal’s gigantic sea of students is actually quite intimidating. If you ask me what my favorite food is, I’ll probably say potatoes (weird, I know. But just think about it, potatoes are really good no matter what form you eat them in!) I am also a really big boba fanatic so if you ever need a buddy to get some delicious milk tea with chewy balls, just hit me up! I really look forward to meeting everyone and making unforgettable memories!

Samantha Wathugala, Webmaster

Year: Freshman 😮
Major: Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Service Passions: Global health, education, reducing disparities… Really, just anything I can do to help. I’ve been lucky, and I want to improve other people’s luck.
Hobbies: Singing, internetting, baking/cooking/making yummies, reading (please recommend things!), writing, sleeping, talking, hanging out with awesome people (family, friends, Rotaracters, the usual), meditating
Contact: swathugala@calrotaract.org
Why Rotaract: I heard that it had cool people in it and had a great sense of community from a few sources before beginning my first semester, so I was ready to give it a chance. Went to the first meeting and a few events and, lo and behold, Rotaract was wonderful and here I am. I just really like the causes they choose and the way they go about supporting them. Rotaract spends my time better than I would spend it if left to my own devices.
About Me: IF YOU LIKE HUGS, TELL ME so that I may hug you lots. I am short (5’1″… on a good day), nerdy/dorky, silly/happy, and from SoCal, LA-ish (Palos Verdes, actually). I read too many webcomics and love music but have no idea what’s playing on the radio like 80% of the time. According to my roommate, I’m both a night owl and a morning person. I don’t drink coffee but I love tea (either black or with lime & honey). I possibly overuse smiley faces, but they make me happy, so… 🙂

Vivian Nguyen, Design Chair

Major: Undeclared
Service Passions: Anything hands-on! Working with youngsters or the elderly, restoration/clean-up projects, soup kitchens, etc.
Hobbies: Eating, sleeping, socializing/chillin with friends, listening to music, watching Korean Dramas, doodling, making origami, watching random animal videos online, and (believe it or not) going on adventures… in the wilderness.
Contact: vnguyen@calrotaract.org
Why Rotaract: Service is life. My high school did not have a very big Interact club, so I did not hear about it until my last semester of senior year -_- bummer. BUT, I did hear about Cal Rotaract through Reann and my Berkeley Rotarian mentors, so that’s how I was introduced. During my first semester of Rotaract, I was able to serve my community with other people who are just as passionate about service as I am. And I chose to stay in Rotaract for that very reason. There’s so much love going around ~(^-^)~
About me: Hi!~ After achieving apprenticeship as a marketing/design intern, I, Vivian Nguyen, can now continue to design Rotaract’s marketing material as the new design chair for Spring 2015. I was born and raised for 13 years in Oakland, and then moved to Berkeley for middle school. Yes, I could literally walk home anytime… but sadly I don’t go as often as I should. I know I may seem like the lazy bum type who despises doing anything that requires a lot of ATP (energy), but it turns out I’m quite the dare-devil. I’ve zip-lined upside down before and even kayaked, white-water rafted, and surfed without knowing how to swim. So if any of you are into this stuff, let me know! Otherwise, it’s lazy bum status for me all day everyday because I won’t be very motivated until I have a buddy to do stuff with :O Be sure to say hi to me~ I promise I don’t bite. Let’s have funsies this semester! -Love, Vivz

Jasmine Schatz, Historian

Year: Sophomore
Major: Italian Studies
Service Passions: Community service projects, international service projects, and any type of volunteer work
Hobbies: Photography, playing flute, reading, cooking, running, sewing, skiing, snowboarding, playing soccer, and traveling
Contact: jschatz@calrotaract.org
Why Rotaract: I joined Lost Coast Rotaract in my hometown before coming to Berkeley, and wanted to continue participating in service projects in college. Cal Rotaract is a huge club, and I really enjoy seeing so many people work together to create and accomplish common goals that benefit both immediate and global communities.
About Me: I am from Eureka, California, which is notoriously foggy and is also the home of the world’s tallest trees. I was home-schooled through high school until my senior year, which I spent studying abroad in Sicily, thanks to Rotary International’s youth exchange program. I am fluent in Italian and love telling people about the country, so if you ever need translation or information, don’t hesitate to ask me! I would be glad to chat with you about all things Italy or anything at all. I am excited to be the club’s historian this semester- get your Rotary smiles ready for me! 🙂

Patricia Li, Professional Development Committee Co-Chair

Year: Junior
Major: MCB Developmental Genetics & French (Minor)
Service Passions: Revamping the education system & promoting social equality
Hobbies: Dancing around my house with my roommates, baking cookies, hiking, and just spending time with the lovely people in my life
Contact: pd@calrotaract.org
Why Rotaract: I joined Rotaract after being in Interact in high school and I’m so happy I joined because this is a great service club that puts on at least one event a week so there’s always an event you can join whenever you have a free week. Also, Rotaract is such a large club that it has the ability to tackle so many types of service projects that everyone can find an event that truly interests them and what they are interested in working on. But, the best part of Rotaract is its members who share my love for service are the kindest and most compassionate people I know, and I’m so happy to have a chance to work with them and to call them my friends.
About Me: Hi Everyone! I’m Patricia and I am so excited to be one of your Professional Development Committee Co-Chairs! I am really looking forward to working with all of you on building this new committee and bringing Rotaract and its members new events and new experiences. But outside of Rotaract, I really love exploring Berkeley by walking around the various neighborhoods, checking out the endless coffee shops and eateries, browsing the thrift stores, late-night hiking the hills of Berkeley, or stopping by one of the super fresh farmer’s markets to try out a new recipe. And of course, I am always interested in having company to join me in any or all of these activities so feel free to hit me up to explore together or to just talk about anything from school to movies to service! Can’t wait to meet all of you and I’m looking forward to all of our adventures together!

Reann Pham, Professional Development Committee Co-Chair

Year: Sophomore
Major: Intended Business/Economics
Service Passions: Promoting education in low income communities and fighting against human trafficking
Hobbies: Teaching my dogs new tricks, playing board games, reading, dancing, painting my nails, hiking
Contact: pd@calrotaract.org
Why Rotaract: Interact was my safe haven and outlet for growth in high school. I knew I wanted to continue my service for this wonderful organization in college and become immersed in people who had the passion, resilience, and dedication to help the local and international community.
About me: Hiiiii Rotaractors! My name is Reann Pham and I am so honored to be this year’s Professional Development Co-Chair! Rotaract is without a doubt, been the highlight of my college career. This club is not just a community service based organization, but also a family comprised of different people from all walks of life. Rotaract has adopted me into their family when I was a lost freshman and I continue to be ever so grateful. While I’m not attending service events, I love exploring new restaurants and watching Disney movies. I’m a pretty friendly person and I’m kind of on the short side , so if you ever want to look taller or need a person to talk to, I’m yo girl. I look forward to meeting all of you!

Ivy Pham, Interact Committee Co-Chair

Year: First
Major: Public Health
Minor: Global Poverty and Practice
Service Passions: I have left my heart in many different service foci, but I am very attached to serving the youth in any respect as the future rests in their hands. In addition, initiatives to benefit global health, community needs, education and measures to practice empathy, kindness and self-compassion are of my top passion priorities.
Hobbies: Finding beauty in simplicity yet acknowledging and appreciating complexity (and in between the chaotic lines of life, I find pleasure in good company, reads, food, vibes and dessert, dessert, dessert!).
Contact: interact@calrotaract.org
Why Rotaract: Because it is the happiest place at Cal as Disneyland is the happiest place on Earth (◕ ‿ ◕❀) Rotaract, on paper, is a service club aimed to involve members in humanitarian service and promote peace throughout the world with community and international projects. Off paper, Rotaract’s magnetic presence is attributed to the inclusive atmosphere, quirky and genuine individuals, inspiring words and mutually shared hot, fiery passion TO SERVE bouncing off the walls! Personally, Rotaract is my homebase where I can let any stress/worries melt away and focus on one goal: enjoy being present with some of the sweetest and supporting people I’ve been blessed to cross paths with! With that being said, there is only so much that can be said as Rotaract offers a different connotation for everyone, so I hope you move onwards as a volunteer, advocate for service leader and Rotaractor… and discover your own meaning.
About Me: Aside from being your average gal, I would say I’m petite with an appetite. I am absolutely in love with animals, with a particular obsession with kats (adamant about the ‘k’). If you ever find yourself in conversation with me, expect a ‘meow’ or other tidbits from the Ivish language, like ‘merp’, ‘sighpie’, ‘kawaii’, ‘lava you’, ‘but then I got hungry’, and lots of ‘!!!!!’. I also find myself lost quite a bit, but it works out because I’m always hungry….. to EXPLORE! A few of my dreams at the moment is to find
myself in a sunflower garden patch, Sam Smith concert, all-you-can-eat macaron buffet, Italy or Spain, a TED talk and possibly, working for a non-profit org. Anywho, I always welcome new insights, perspectives, adventures and people because that’s what I personally consider as making the most of life! Feel free to hit me up to study, grab a bite to eat, watch Key and Peele videos, partake in a midnight dinner, nap party, share kat pictures, protest for a Panda Express establishment within walking proximity of Cal or… maybe… just maybe venture to
the RSF! With that being said… Rotaractors, keep being you and doing you because you’re changing the world 🙂

Amber Chan, Interact Committee Co-Chair

Year: Sophomore
Major: Intended Business and Psychology
Service Passions: Hands-on projects where I can directly work with those I’m servicing and bring smiles to others’ faces; particularly volunteering at music festivals to ensure the health and wellbeing of the attendees and I also really enjoy outdoor projects and making things (like WAPIs and LN-4s)
Hobbies: Eating, baking, reading, finding new music/artists, arts & crafts/making and repurposing things, photography, adventuring, exploring and travelling with friends, and meeting new people!
Contact: interact@calrotaract.org
Why Rotaract: I was in Interact in high school and first came to know Rotaract when I attended Cal Rotaract’s Stayover. I loved everyone I met and aspired to be like them one day – welcoming, social, passionate (and a student at Cal). [It’s still crazy to me that I’m here today.] In Rotaract, I get to do the things I love (service events and socials galore!) with people I love. I have countless unforgettable memories from Rotaract and have met so many incredible and inspiring people I probably wouldn’t have met without Rotaract. It’s my second family and home away from home – my life wouldn’t be the same (and as happy) without it.
About Me: Hello everyone! I’m Bay Area born and raised… hellaaaaa nice here isn’t it? I’m super excited to meet all you lovely people and see the amazing thing’s we’ll accomplish this year. I LOVE puns and food so if you find any puns or good recipes please send them my way (same if you find a cool song you like, I loveeeee discovering new artists). I’m always down for food adventures (or any adventure really) and I’m a pretty big concert fanatic so if you’re looking for someone to go with for either I’m gameeeee. Please don’t hesitate to come up and say hi! <3

Kevin Liao, Fellowship Co-Chair

Year: Freshman
Major: Integrative Biology
Service Passions: Anything involving nature, interacting w/ children, global relief efforts
Hobbies: Eating, drinking, listening to music, singing/rapping (l0l), sleeping, shopping, hanging out with buddies,
Contact: fellowship@calrotaract.org
Why Rotaract: I was involved in Interact back when I was a wee little high schooler & Rotaract was the perfect transition for college. It’s the perfect club for anyone who is passionate about service & helping others!
About me: Greetings friends! My name is Kevin and I will be one-half of your Spring 2015 fellowship. I’m naturally a very reserved and sleepy guy, so I love having energetic people around to bring out the crazy in me! Don’t let my rbf fool you, I’m actually a really nice guy so don’t hesitate to say hi! I’m always down to hang out whenever, wherever so holla at ya boy and you can count on me to be there. I’m a very ambitious person, and so I promise to exceed any expectations set for me this upcoming semester. If you have any suggestions for improvement, be sure to let me know about it because I’m all ears. Together I’m sure that we can make this semester one of the best yet!

Virginia Suarez, Fellowship Co-Chair

Year: Freshman
Major: Psychology
Service Passions: Education, working with children, and spreading awareness about disabilities!
Hobbies: Baking, reading, exploring nature, making friends, binge watching tv shows, laughing, traveling, eating
Contact: fellowship@calrotaract.org
Why Rotaract: I joined Rotaract because community service has always been a big part of my life and I wanted to continue helping others here at Cal. Once I joined, I realized how rewarding and fun it was working to help the community with such amazing people. Service + family bonding + fun socials = perfect combination!
About Me: Hi guys, I’m Virginia and I’m really excited to be one of your Fellowship chairs this year! I am pretty outgoing and love to make new friends, so please don’t be shy to say hi or talk to me whenever you’d like! (if we become friends I’ll probably send you motivational messages and pictures of really cute kittens)
We hope to have a great semester with a lot of fun planned — and remember, you can suggest any ideas for ways to make the club as exciting and fun as possible! I can’t wait to get to know you all! 🙂

Chi-Lan Tran, Family Coordinator

Year: 2nd
Major: Intended Business Administration/Media Studies/Economics (we’ll see what happens)
Service Passions: working with children & the elderly!
Hobbies: I’m really into photography, fashion, music, tv, film, food.. I am always up to date on what’s happening in pop culture. 🙂
Contact: ctran@calrotaract.org
Why Rotaract: I joined Rotaract to continue from the good ol’ days of Interact in high school. Interact was a major part of my high school life and I thought what better way to be involved with service than Rotaract!
About Me: My name’s Chi-Lan, Chichi, Chillin’, Chi.. I basically respond to anything that has “chi” in it. I am this year’s family coordinator, which means I organize Rotaract’s family system! I’m from San Jose, California which is just 45 minutes south of Berkeley, and my dad went to Cal too so I’ve been a Cal Bear since birth. I love working out and doing pilates, going on adventures, taking pictures, cooking & baking (or at least attempt to), and of course, service! I am always available to fellow Rotaractors if you ever want to talk, hang out, and get to know each other. I can’t wait to meet all of you and be one big happy family! 🙂

Jamie Lee, Marketing Chair

Year: Freshman
Major: Intended Integrative Biology
Service Passions: ANYTHING! I just love to help people no matter what it is but community service, working with the youth, elderly, and disabled, and anything hands-on.
Hobbies: Baseball, football, basketball, dodgeball, working out, watching movies (yes, chick flicks), listening to music, adventuring
Contact: jlee@rotaract.org
Why Rotaract: I love to help and Rotaract is about service, so I have wanted to join ever since I attended CalSo. I volunteered in about 23836582695 different service events and would love to continue this in college
About Me: Hello! I’m Jamie and I will be your upcoming marketing chair. If you are reading this right now, then my fellow Rotaracters and I have done a good job at marketing Rotaract to you! I am from Fort Collins, Colorado and it does not seem to get cold over here… I was told I’m intimidating at first but once you get to know me, you will realize I’m a butterfly. I am always open to talk, chill, or do whatever because I like meeting new people and love enjoying life.

 

Manucher Buicki, Local Committee Co-Chair

Year: Freshman
Major: Intended Neurobiology (hopefully Pre-med)
Service Passions: Aiding the homeless, working in soup kitchens, aiding the children of low-income families, and trying to make people’s days better. But, in the end of the day, I just want to help people.
Hobbies: Probably my favorite thing in the world, besides BEING LOUD, is running, though I have flat-feet that only hurt me when I do so, BUT THAT WON’T STOP ME!!!! I also love singing with the UC Men’s Chorale!
Contact: local@calrotaract.org
Why Rotaract: My two high-school buddies Sid and AD, who were the previous Local Committee co-chairs, told give Rotaract a shot since it’s apparently like a club that we were all a part of back in the day. SO, on a whim, I decided to go for it and only found good vibes and inspiration that I absolutely needed because of how lost I felt during my first couple of months here at Berkeley. Since then, I feel like Rotaract has helped me continue to carry on my passions and find my place here. It’s always been a pleasure.
About me: EYYYYYYYYYY!!!!! My name is Manucher, and I have the pleasure of being this year’s Local Committee co-chair with Janki! I’m from Southern California, specifically from a little bubble known as Irvine. Although I am insanely loud most of the time, I am, at heart, an introvert and always will be; I feel like solitude is super important when living in a world that moves as fast as this world does. But, that inherent introverted side of me won’t stop me from doing the things I love and making lifelong connections with the people I love, which, by the way, may be everybody (you’ll probably hear me say “I LOVE YOU” many, many, many times…). Anyways, I am always here for you, and I love listening and trying to help people with any problems they may have, so let me know if anything is ever wrong; we’ll figure out life together! I’m your LoCo co-chair this year, but I am first your friend!

Janki Desai, Local Committee Co-Chair

Year: Sophomore
Major: MCB & German
Service Passions: Working with children, promoting education and literacy, relieving hunger and poverty
Hobbies: Violin, music-making, reading for fun, humor/comedy/jokes, messing around with kids, writing, Reddit, Indian food, and Monopoly (duh)
Contact: local@calrotaract.org
Why Rotaract: It’s super inspiring to see what can be accomplished when a bunch of dedicated college students come together for a good cause. Rotaract has taught me teamwork, compassion, and the meaning of “service above self.” Plus, it’s given me a second family and the chance to work with lots of interesting, cool people. And of course there’s the fun factor!
About Me: Here’s a poem (or my best attempt at one):

Born in Chicago,
but now from San Jose,
Janki’s life is A-okay.

She’s really super excited,
to work with Manucher and you, too,
and sometimes occasionally wonders,
do you want the last cookie or does the last cookie want you?

PS: Feel free to reach out at anytime, even for no real reason! I’d love to meet you.

Alyssa Liu, International Committee Co-Chair

Year: Freshman
Major: Legal Studies/Intended-Business/Political Economy/ I have no direction
Service Passions: Equal access to food, clean water, and education and women empowerment
Hobbies: Volunteering (clearly), eating, reading poetry by the fireside with a glass of wine in hand, going to concerts (only the hippest and most obscure!!1!1!), hiking, playing video games, hardcore playing board games (Catan party anyone?), and getting lost (metaphorically and literally – you choose)
Contact: international@calrotaract.org
Why Rotaract: Interact was my baby in high school (maternal instincts), so, when I found out that my dream college also had a Rotaract on campus, I was -insert heart-eyes emoji-.
About Me: Disclaimer: Most of this was copy and pasted from my tinder profile. I’m just your typical 5′ 2 1/2″ awkward girl who loves Kanye West. I’m pretty stoked for this upcoming year because my beautiful Co, Margaux, and I have beautiful plans for International Committee. I’m a freshman, so if there’s any reason you should like me, it’s because I have meal points and can get you chicken strips from GBC if you’re hungry or Red Bull from Bear Market for those all-nighters. Call me, beep me, if you want to reach me for coffee, late-night studying, a ghetto-wannabe Bear Walk service, deep talks about the Mariana Trench, or just if you wanna go to a concert and don’t want to be alone 🙂

Margaux Payton, International Committee Co-Chair

Year: Freshman
Major and Minor: Intended Business and Global Poverty and Practice
Service: Education, global development, protecting human rights, relieving poverty, sustainability
Hobbies: Can’t wait for the next time I go camping, kayaking, traveling! Also love a classic book and watching Victorian era and Bollywood movies!
Contact: international@calrotaract.org
Why Rotaract: I am drawn to service because I know how lucky I am to be where I am today (studying at the one and only UC Berkeley, can I get a Go Bears?!) I know that it is largely in part to the resources and opportunities I had growing up; thus I hope to give people the resources and opportunities to feel just as blessed as I do. Cal Rotaract forges new frontiers and is always striving to do bigger and better things which is very important in a great service organization. Also through Rotaract you have a huge community of peers who share the same local and global interests as you! And best of all, It’s FUN.
About Me: Hi friend! I am so eager to co-chair the wonderful service that is International Committee in 2015! The year will be filled with great fun and rewarding service and I am so lucky to be apart of it! A little background about me: I am from a suburb in San Diego, yet I am terrible at surfing; I am a big alternative music fan; Anyone going to Coachella? And I love to go to Zumba at the RSF at any opportunity. I hope to use my business education to start my own non-profit and combat women’s degradation in third world countries. I would love to hear your passions and ideas for service projects, so don’t hesitate to open up! I was very pleased to find out last semester that Rotaract is not just for service, but also so you can also make lasting friendships! (Aw presh). I am looking forward to meeting you!!