MCI‘s Rotaract Community-Based Club

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Nafia and Stephanie, Minority Care international‘s (MCI) last exchange students who returned from Texas in late December, spoke to Rotary Club of Central Davao City a couple of months ago. They did a great job, particularly in light of our plan to set up Rotaract to connect our students with this Rotary Club as part of what we hope will become a sister Rotary Club to the one in Greenville, Texas. On March 23, 2015, MCI organized sixteen scholars and members to propose to Central Davao Rotary Club to start a community-based Rotaract Club.

Rotaract is a club for adults aged 18-30 that meets twice a month to exchange ideas, plan activities and projects, and socialize. While Rotary clubs serve as sponsors, Rotaract clubs decide how to organize and run their clubs. As of now, Stephanie is the president of the MCI Rotaract Community-Based Club. Since MCI students have been involved in several service projects in various underprivileged communities here, this is a great opportunity for them to have the Rotary Club as their sponsor and to meet professionals to learn from them and to participate in fun networking and social activities, professional development opportunities, and international interaction with young leaders for this local club. This is a mutually beneficial opportunity for our Rotary Club because our students are our future professionals and community leaders that will shape the way our world functions. This program allows youth a chance to build on the character, high ethical standards, and understanding of the importance of peace that they develop in the MCI program and to adopt the idea that service is a basis for any worthy undertaking. We will benefit from this partnership as we did last February 8, 2015, with the ophthalmologist volunteering to do eye examinations when MCI dispensed reading glasses. Rotary Club of Central Davao City District 3860’s commitment to the Rotary ideal of “Service above Self” is achieved through club service, community service, international service, youth service, and vocational service.

If you want to be part of a global community of young adults taking action for positive change and have a chance to share your ideas and to look at the world development in a new way, I encourage you to join the MCI Rotaract Community-Based Club.