Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Jan 30th, 2007

Welcome back!

First and foremost, we would like to spread awareness about the club, so everyone who came to the meeting today--please remember to post flyers! Post them throughout your dorms, and other visible places. We meet every Tuesday at 7:30 Parrish East Parlor.

We are currently in the planning stages of this semester's activites--but there are a lot of good ideas floating around.
Let us know if you are interested in participating in any of these events, and please contact us if you have suggestions.

Saturday February 17th -- Schuykill Clean-up (Philadelphia)
Two shifts: 10-12 noon and 12:30 to 2:30 PM

Saturday February 24th -- Bluebell Trail Maintenance

The Walk Against Hunger is coming up on April 14th. To participate in the walk, you will have to form or join a team and gather sponsors to raise money. However, we will contact the coordinators for everyone who is interested in volunteering at the event (ie: passing out water). Kick-off begins at the Art Museum in Philadelphia at 9:30 am.

Official Website: http://hungerwalk.org/index.htm

The coordinators of SAVE R US (Students Against Violence Everywhere Are Us) contacted Rotaract about hosting an activity for Peace Week (also April). Basically, they need campus groups to organize discussions, lectures, collections, etc in order to advocate peace and non-violence.

We're thinking about either organizing a clothing drive on Parrish Beach or bringing in a speaker with the help of Swarthmore's Rotary International Branch. We have to confirm these ideas with SAVE R US first, but if we can organize the clothing drive--we could donate the clothes to Africa.

We would also like a member/a couple of members to go to the Peace Week meetings. Contact Brandon Wolff for more information:


Finally, one of Rotaract's annual events is participation in the Spring Fun Fair (in the Ville). We run a pretzel booth and raise money for the club. Swarthmore's Rotary International matches whatever we raise. In the past, we have donated this money to Doctors without Borders and Katrina Relief.

This semester, we may want to think about another cause. Please brainstorm ideas. So far--we're thinking of collaborating with Swat Sudan or Heifer International (www.heifer.org) . We'll go with the majority decision--either donating to a Darfur Project or raising money to buy a llama....

The fun fair falls on April 22nd.

Finally--Bettina has established contact with a Rotaract group in Mongolia. Help us think of ways to build our *twin-club* relationship. We'll be sending pictures of the group/Swarthmore campus and other memorabilia to their address.

Thank you very much for coming to the meeting! Remember to brainstorm and put up flyers.
See you next week.