When I first started working with Rotaract it was just business. They were working on a an initiative for South Sudan and at that time I was the President of the University of Lethbridge’s African Caribbean Association. Having members from both of our clubs from South Sudan we were both approached about helping with this project which was a great experience and success. While working with the board of the event and the executive committee I was able to see just what Rotoract did from behind the scenes by sitting in on a few meetings, I soon realized just how greatly one club can and continues to impact its surrounding and global community. The Cherry Change done at each meeting was one initiative in particular that caught my attention. The simple act of donating pocket change and saying why you were happy really goes along way.As an African I can say I have seen with my own eyes the impact of simple little acts like cherry change can and I was so moved by the gesture. Rotaract had given me a way to give back to the community and in the process has given and taught me so much. So as a member and someone who has seen the planning and the end product i can truly say working with this club is a labor of love.
Hello all! My name is Jennifer Matosevic and I’m entering my second year in the Music Education program. I decided to join Rotaract in the fall after attending RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award) in my home Rotary district.
I’ve always loved Rotary and the things it does for communities locally and internationally, so it was a natural idea for me to become involved as a university student. Throughout this past year I’ve enjoyed being involved in multiple volunteer projects and being able to contribute to our annual fundraising dinner artistically. Being a first year university student and in Rotaract has really helped me to learn about Lethbridge and meet new friends that I’ll have for the rest of my life.
Being a part of Rotary has been such a positive influence in my life, I recommend it for everyone!
Hi Everyone! My name is Katie Wilson. I have been a student at the University of Lethbridge for the past five years completing my B.Sc in Biochemistry in 2013 and I am currently enrolled in an M.Sc in Chemistry.
I joined the Rotaract club as soon as I came the university as it seemed like a great group of people doing amazing things. I was not wrong! Over the last 5 years have become more involved in the club and I was the club Secretary for the 2013-2014 Rotaract year and am currently the club President.
By being involved in the club I have been able to see the difference a dedicated group can make in the world. Through completing international and community service projects I have learnt many skills and grown as a person. Also by being actively engaged in the club I have met some amazing people who I am proud to call my friends.
Hey everyone! My name is Megan Mroczek, and if you have read any of the Rotaract emails this 2013-2014 year you will also have known me as Director of Club Service. The year has been very fulfilling and being on the Board of Directors allowed me to gain more involvement within the club.
My name is Dorothy Graham. It is quite possible that you have heard of or met my father, Stephen Graham. He is a dedicated Rotarian at the Rotary Club of Lethbridge, and many people know him. When introducing myself to someone new, especially in Rotary, I am frequently greeted with, “You’re Stephen’s daughter!”
Hello, my name is Charmaine Bonifacio. I’m a currently working on my Master’s degree in Geography at the University of Lethbridge.
After becoming actively involved in my role as President of the University of Lethbridge Geography Club (2012-2013) as well as many other organizations, I decided to become a part of the Rotaract Club to try something new. Marc LeBlanc has been a valuable leader and inspired me to have a supporting role within the Rotaract club. This is how I became the Director of Membership (2013-2015) for the University of Lethbridge Rotaract Club.
It was Club Rush Week in my first semester, I was walking swiftly to class (late as usual), when I noticed Jennifer, a classmate from high school, out of the corner of my eye. I was quite surprised to find someone I knew at the U of L. We talked for a few minutes, caught up on life, then she invited me to join Rotaract. I had never heard of it before, so I was half-interested to hear more about it. She told me, “There are lots of pretty girls in it!” She knew how to get my attention, and I guess she was right because I met my wife in Rotaract. She also told me about the volunteer work, social events, and the professional development they do. I thought to myself, “Hey, why not try it once?”
Best decision ever!
I’m so glad I decided to try it, just once, I’ve grown so much as a person because of it. I’ve found my voice, I’m less afraid of public speaking, I’ve developed new people skills, I’ve learned what matters most to me is respect for human rights, and I’ve found new ways of using my passions to make a positive impact on the world.