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					“ F u t u r e Rot a r i a n s I n Ac t i o n ”

V o l u m e 1 , I ss u e 5 Winter 2009

R OTARACT NEWSLETTER
D ISTRICT 5280
INSIDE THIS ISSUE:

R O T A R AC T

G OV E R N O R K I M L OW
space is limited! See detail for reg- into $15,000 which would equate to a total of 3 arks to curtail poverty istration on page 2. and provide a sustainable source of income to a community in need in I want to thank those of you who Tanzania, Africa! participated in the Christmas Train toy distribution in Tecate, Mexico. Although we went through some In Rotaract Service, hurdles to make it to the stadium, the afternoon was filled with seeing the smiles on children's faces when Kim we placed stickers on them and handed out goodie bags. It was so Kim Low great to have club representation Rotaract Governor, 2008-2009 from El Camino College, Marymount College, South Bay, UCLA, and West LA Rotaract! Great Job! Keep it up! I also want to encourage everybody to continue fundraising for our Rotaract District project—Heifer Ark. Lets all work together and raise $5,000. With this money though matching grants we can turn this

Governor’s Message 1 Heifer Ark Project Weekend Away Call To Leadership Club Spotlight Christmas Train Review 1 2 2 2 3

WINTER 2009 MESSAGE

Hello Fellow Rotaractors Friends of Rotaract,

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I hope everyone has recovered from the holidays and is ready for a new, refreshing year! The District Board has some new and exciting events planned for you; I hope you are able to join us! We are hosting our first ever Rotaract Retreat! This will be a great opportunity for you to escape the city and focus on leadership, fellowship, and fun! Don't miss out;

UPCOMING EVENTS: • Feb. 27-Mar. 1: Rotaract Retreat Apr. 4: Box Outreach, Skid Row Service Event May 1-3: Rotary District Conference May 16: Rotaract District Assembly Ongoing: Heifer Ark Fundraising

HEIFER

ARK
clubs! Some easy ways for your club to raise money include soliciting local businesses, speaking to sponsoring Rotary clubs, direct fundraising, and contributions from friends and family. “For 60 years, Heifer International has inspired We hope to collect enough funds hope in hungry communities, where the gift of one through matching animal can bring health, prosperity, and peace.” grants to purchase -President Jimmy Carter a total of 3 arks. Imagine how we can forever change the lives of an The Heifer Ark fulfills our entire community with the Heifer need to find a common interna- Ark! Rotaract liaisons and leaders tional service project that will bring have pamphlets and paperwork for together all of the clubs in District each club to find out more about 5280. Our goal is to raise $5000 the Heifer Ark. Contact Governor as a District to purchase one ark. Kim Low for more information. That breaks down to just $550 from each of our 10 Rotaract tion of the young by partially releasing them from household duties, bring a much needed source of food and income, and create a sustainable community.

DISTRICT INTERNATIONAL PROJECT
This year, our Rotaract District is embarking upon a unique and life-changing service project. Working with Heifer International, we will be fundraising for an “ark” of farm animals that will be delivered to a community in Tanzania, Africa. The typical make up of the Heifer Ark includes a pair of each: cows, sheep, camels, oxen, water buffalo, pigs, beehives, goats, donkeys, llamas, as well as flocks of geese, chicken, and trios of ducks, rabbits and guinea pigs. The animals will provide milk, meat, wool, transportation, agriculture, and income to the local community. The aim of the Heifer Ark is to curtail hunger and poverty, aid educa-

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Newsletter Editor: Tori Hettinger District Rotaract Secretary

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V o l u m e 1 , I ss u e 5

R O T A R AC T

W E E K E N D AWAY :

PA L M S P R I N G S ,
Leadership! Fun! Fellowship! Escape LA and enjoy a relaxing weekend in a luxury house in Palm Springs with fellow Rotaractors! Top reasons to attend:
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The opportunity to get to know your fellow Rotaractors in District 5280 Build your leadership skills through our leadership workshops Become a better team leader through team building activities

F E B R UA RY 2 8 - M A R C H 1

Enjoy time in the hot tub, swimming pool, and game room!

All Rotaractors are invited to attend. Cost is $20 per person. To register and for questions, contact Roderick Brown: rbrownrotaract@gmail.com or Kim Low at lilklow@yahoo.com

Space is limited-secure your spot now!

R O TA R AC T D I S T R I C T L E A D E R S H I P 2 0 0 9 - 1 0
Are you interested in taking on a larger leadership role? Would
you like to have a hand in decision making for the District? How about representing District 5280 as the Rotaract Governor? Many leadership opportunities are available, including Rotaract Governor, Executive Aide, Treasurer, Secretary, Social Events Chair, Service Chair and more! If you are interested, contact Rotaract Governor Kim Low at: lilklow@yahoo.com or (310) 748-7564

C LUB SPOTLIGHT:UCLA R OTARACT
Beginning this year, UCLA Rotaract helped sort out cabbages and oranges at the LA Food Bank. These were sorted to be distributed to many of the shelters in the LA region. The club also dedicated their time to the local Senior Citizens of Westwood Horizons where they danced the night away with dances ranging from the Roaring 20’s to the ballroom dancing classics. Rotaractors have also participated in cooking kosher meals for people living with HIV/AIDs through “Project Chicken Soup.” This Saturday, Feb. 7, Rotaractors will be bowling with the UCLA Special Olympics athletes.

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C HRIST MAS TRAIN 2009: ROTARACTORS B RING
D O N AT I O N S A N D S P I R I T O F RO TA RY T O “ASK ROTARACT” T E C A T E , M E X I C O
A monthly column from past RI Rotaract Committee member Roderick Brown, (South Bay Rotaract)

Thank you once again for being a
part of this year's District 5280 Rotaract International Service Project to Tecate, Mexico! This trip would have not been so memorable without everyone there! Everyone sacrificed something to make this humbling trip successful. With the extra scenery from trying to find Campo Depot, to walking into the Tecate stadium, one can see life at the border needs attention also. At the end of the day, we put smiles on all the wonderful children & their families’ faces by giving 11 pallets of girls & boys gift bags ( including toys collected at our District 5280 Family Toy Sorting), 1 pallet of blankets, 1 pallet of dental hygiene care packages (toothbrushes, toothpaste, instructional booklets in Spanish), & 1 pallet of apples. We can’t forget the truck loads of candy canes from El Segundo Rotarian Elyse Beardsley, over 40 hand made holiday cards by Stroke victims in Torrance & El Camino College, over 1000 stickers donated to us by

Have you ever wondered
how to engage Rotarians in everything you do?! Then challenge them and play to their abilities to meet the needs of your local community. Just how does one do that? Well, it's easy: walk right up to a Rotarian and tell them about your project . Get them focused on the goal and lay the bomb, ask them if they are willing to donate their TIME. Yes, tell them you don't want their money but time and commitment to meeting your Rotaract Club's goal. Doing this allow you to work together, giving both parties the "TIME" to build partnerships. Many years back, a local Rotaract Club needed help sending 6.5 tons of books to Africa and they did just that with a little Rotary help. Through a number of "PARTNERSHIPS", they found a Rotarians book donor, storage facilities, shipper and a sponsor to handle shipping. Ask other Rotaract Club leaders how to build your Rotary mentorship and network.

Kaiser Permanente, & the generosity of our own Rotaract District for our hotel rooms in San Diego. The project’s entertainment included plenty of clowns, Santa Clauses & walk-around characters. The children and families of Tecate not only left with stuffed animals, they also took the spirit of Rotary home along with them. As we represented our entire District 5280 family to the city of Tecate, Mexico, I am proud to say we have the BEST ROTARACTORS around & I am very blessed to serve as your District 5280 Rotaract Service Chair.

Representing our entire District 5280 Family were Rotaractors from El Camino College, Marymount College, South Bay, West LA, UCLA & our District Rotaract leadership team. -Jenn Lee, District Rotaract Service Chair

A Note From The Christ
Dear members of Rotaract District 5280,

mas Train Organizatio

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Thank you for sending your Newsletter, it is so interesting to see all that you are doing and you are so productive. I was shocked when I saw how many bags of toys, baby gifts and boxes of candy canes there were when I met Bruce at the warehouse in San Diego. There was so much, you have been working very hard and we thank you very much. We spent all afternoon making 1,000 baby/infant gift bags. Each bag contained a fleece baby blanket (or one of your lovely quilts or blanket), 1 additional gift (clothing item, stuffed toy or baby bottle) diapers, and candy canes. These bags are for children up to 2 years old or given to a pregnant mother. The quilts, blankets and hand-made baby clothes are so beautiful…everyone wanted to look at them all. The assembly line stopped while we did this. We continued last Saturday and Sunday to make the 4,000 girls and boys gift bags. They will receive toys, school supplies and candy. Toothbrushes ,toothpaste, instruction booklet in Spanish on taking care of your teeth and an apple will also be handed out on the day of the event. Thank you to all who made this possible. We must especially thank Richard Harrington and his brothers Bob and Roger-owners of SPECIALTY PRODUCE in San Diego who allowed us to use their warehouse again. We also thank Mary Avastu from the Department of Environmental Health in San Diego and her family who worked at all three packing sessions and will go to Tecate early Sunday morning to help with Stadium set-up as they always did with Charlie in years past. Your contribution made a big difference to the quality of the gift bags. Wishing you all a Happy New Year from everyone here. Thank you. Sincerely, Margaret Coval, Christmas Train Organization

-Roderick

“Future Rotarians In Action”

Rotaract District 5280 8939 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Ste 312 Los Angeles, CA 90045

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To include your club’s events and accomplishments in the Rotaract District Newsletter, contact newsletter editor Tori Hettinger at TLHettinger@gmail.com

Rotaract is a Rotary-sponsored service club for young men and women ages 18 to 30. Rotaract clubs are community-based or university-based and are sponsored by a local Rotary club making them true "partners in service" and key members of the Rotary family. Through the Rotaract program, young adults not only augment their knowledge and skills, but they also address the physical and social needs of their communities while promoting international understanding and peace through a framework of friendship and service. As one of the most significant and fastest-growing programs of Rotary service, with more than 8,000 Rotaract clubs in some 155 countries and geographic areas, Rotaract has become a worldwide phenomenon.

Membership starts with you….. invite friends, family, and co-workers to become members of your Rotaract Club

ROTARACT DISTRICT 5280 CLUBS
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El Camino College Loyola Marymount University Marymount College Occidental University Pepperdine University

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Santa Monica College South Bay UCLA USC West Los Angeles


				
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