|| Mission Statement || Letters
from the Founder || Constitution
|| The Collaboration of Students
The Rotarians - The Students - The Collaboration
Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders
united worldwide, who provide humanitarian service, encourage
high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill
and peace in the world.
There are approximately 1.2 million Rotarians, members of
more than 29,000 Rotary clubs in 161 countries.
Throughout its history, Rotary International has collaborated
with many civic and humanitarian organizations as well as
the government agencies of various nations in its efforts
to improve the human condition. An excellent example of what
these partnerships can accomplish can be found in Rotary's
ambitious PolioPlus program. Launched in 1985, in concert
with the World Health Organization, the U.S. Centers for Disease
Control (CDC) and UNICEF, the RI program's goal is to immunize
every child in the world against polio, striving for a poliofree
world by year end 2000, with certification in 2005. By 2005,
RI will have committed nearly one halfbillion US dollars
to the effort and set forth millions of volunteers to assist
in vaccine delivery, social mobilization and logistical help
at the local, national, regional and international levels.
The Rotary International motto is Service above self
Carnegie Mellon University
Speaking from a students perspective, we find ourselves
constantly surrounded by knowledgeable and ambitious people.
More importantly, each student displays individual skills
and characteristics, which, when combined, could serve as
a powerful tool.
The Rotaract Club, Carnegie Mellon Chapter
The Rotaract Club at Carnegie Mellon University will serve
as a channel for students to collaborate with the Rotary International
in executing local and global service projects. Not only will
the students be able to help other people, buy they will have
access to connections to the business world. Students will
also gain from the experience by working together with other
students as a team, in reaching a common goal. Through the
fellowship of working together side by side on local and global
service projects, professional networking takes place.
The traditional Rotaract Club calls for a President, a Vice-President,
a Treasurer, and a Secretary, and a minimum of fifteen members.
However, we want to introduce a new form of governing in the
Carnegie Mellon Rotaract Club, geared towards minimizing the
workload of individual members as well as promoting more equality
towards our peers. Our idea calls for the same officers as
a regular Rotaract Club would, but rather than functioning
as a governing body, they will be chosen to serve as representatives
of the club. Each member of the club will contribute and vote
on club affairs. Separate committees will be formed, tailored
for individual projects needs. Regular meetings will
be held twice a month, at a designated time and location,
but additional meetings might be called when needed. Finally,
a Constitution will be drafted and be signed by each member,
to serve as a ground rules for the clubs functioning.
The hardest hurdle to overcome in starting a club is the
recruitment of members. However, even when recruitment succeeds
with a minimum of 15 members, one must also worry about the
future of the organization. Therefore, we feel that we must
establish a strong foundation before advertising the club
to the general public. We have already received the support
from the Rotary International as well as a number of students
from the campus, but despite the fact, certain tasks remain
to be done, in the order they appear.
Obtain recognition from University
Establish meeting times and dates
Prepare a recruitment campaign
In the future, we foresee this proposal in becoming a reality.
The Rotaract Club Carnegie Mellon Chapter would soon constitute
one of the most influential groups on campus. Students, staff,
and Rotarians will collaborate and bond together in this successful
union. WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE, and indeed we will. All we
need is to believe in ourselves.
To the world you might be only one person, but to that person,
YOU ARE THE WORLD.