Rotaract club making an impact on our community

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In a little under two years, the College of the Sequoias Rotaract club has already hosted or participated in 12 community events.


Without giving a laundry list of their accomplishments, the Rotaract Club is one of the most active clubs on campus. This year alone, the students involved have helped build homes in Woodlake, plant trees in Kings National Park, and prepared 15,000 meals for international use.


“Rotary International is able to establish community and college clubs. Members don’t have to be enrolled and we’re getting a lot of staff support,” said Tim Foster, the founding advisor for the club.


COS Rotaract is sponsored by all five Rotary Clubs in Visalia and members of Rotaract are able to network and get connected in the community. As President of Visalia Sunset Rotary, Foster is able to provide professional opportunities for the members. He sees the advisor position as a way to facilitate the club from an administration level.


“The role of the advisor is to provide guidance for their club. This is not my club, this is the student body’s club,” Foster said, “I like seeing students wanting to help their fellow students. Seeing that light turn and them realizing that service of others is fulfilling is very rewarding.”


President Gia Schoby is excited for the direction the club is heading. “My favorite part about running the club has been seeing how invested the club members are,” Schoby said. Under her leadership, the club has always been represented by members at all Rotary events.


“Everyone who joins our club wants to do something special,” Schoby said. She emphasized the different reasons people join and the diverse opportunities it provides. Because the Rotaract club is aligned with the other Visalia Rotary clubs, they have a lot of different programs and support they can offer their members.


Vice President Garry Bravo shares these sentiments. “You get out of the club what you put into it,” Bravo said, “My work is not for me, it’s for my kids or my grandkids and I feel good being able to give back in that way.”


COS Rotaract meets on Wednesdays from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the Ponderosa building. Their next meeting is January 23rd.

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