The Belmont Rotary and Gastonia Rotary clubs sponsor Rotaract which started this fall of 2018. Paul Harris was the one who started it in 1905 along with other business folks in Chicago. This club helped other business personnel with their networking. However, nowadays one of the main missions for this club is to fight for a cause. In this case, the fight is against Polio. Rotary international has raised a lot of money in order to help this cause. Globally, it has an estimate of about 2,000 clubs around the world. Although they focus on different things as well, their biggest thing is to eradicate Polio.
On the local level, the Rotary clubs do a lot of work for the community. Our Belmont Rotary club started this Rotaract in order to get students involved in service to the community. The club also sponsors a little league football, a baseball team and takes role in decorating the Christmas tree in Stowe Park in downtown Charlotte. Dr. Frazier, who plays a major a part in this club sees it as so, “it’s about helping children, eliminating the cases of Polio, and helping the community by giving back to those in need”. He explains that it has made him more aware of unfortunate real-life situations and has given him a purpose to reach out and help the less fortunate.
In another perspective, the student president Landon Isaacs says, “I want to help the community for a better tomorrow”. He explains that, Dr. Windley, who plays a lead role in the club, and Dr. Frazier were one of the ones who got together and realized that since most of the student body is made up of business majors, it would be a perfect opportunity for this club to come active on this campus. He takes and works hard to live up to the clubs motto which is, as he mentions, “Service Above Self”.
Adding to the broad offering of clubs and activities on campus, the Rotaract club is off to a great beginning at Belmont Abbey. The Rotaract is a service club for young people ages 18 to 30 who are dedicated to finding innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges while developing leadership skills and making friends from around the world. Each Rotarct chapter decides how to organize and run their own clubs, manage their funds, and plan and carry out activities and service projects that are important to their communities. Rotary clubs that sponsor Rotaract clubs offer guidance and support and work with Rotaractors as partners in service.
The Belmont Abbey College Rotaract Club is being co-sponsored by the Rotary Club of Gastonia and the Belmont Rotary Club. These two clubs will provide service opportunities and mentoring to these students who are committed to developing both community and international service projects, along with developing their skills as young professionals.
At the first meeting of the Belmont Abbey chapter 25 students registered to become charter members.
Pictured are Laurel Morris, Debbie Windley , and President Cheryl Rhoades of the Rotary Club of Gastonia, Landon, President Landon Isaacs of Belmont Abbey Rotaract, President Allison Cottingham and Brad Frazier of the Belmont Rotary Club, and Mark Skillestad of the Rotary Club of Gastonia.