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The Rotarians - The Students - The Collaboration

Rotary International

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 polio—free world by year end 2000, with certification in 2005. By 2005, RI will have committed nearly one half—billion 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 student’s 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 Plan

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 project’s 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 club’s functioning.

The Execution

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
Draft Constitution
Prepare a recruitment campaign

The Future

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.




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