At the end of every very long day (24 September 2016) involving Salisbury City Rotaract and our Quiz Night for Northern Domestic Violence Service (NDVS), I go to bed knowing that all the hard work, stress was worthwhile. Last night, through our Quiz Night, we raised $590 for NDVS puts our total at $2590 over the past year and a half. What an effort!!!!
I’m so proud of myself for turning my experiences into a force that continues to help spread awareness about and stop violence against women. I wouldn’t be the person I am today without Rotaract and I’m so incredibly proud of every single member and supporter of our club that’s helped us achieve so much… time and time again for this amazing organisation.
Rotarian Action Group Against Slavery, sponsored by Container of Hope & Mad Hatterz Parties and supported by Rotary Club of Salisbury are hold a TRIVIA QUIZ NIGHT at The Salisbury Institute on the 5th November 2016 & YOU ARE ALL INVITED!
In Rotary we often hear about the 1.2 million members in 35,000 clubs across the world, but did you know there also is 134,000 Rotaract members in 8000 clubs across the world?
Rotaract clubs are an incredibly important part of the Rotary family. As their international branding says clearly they are “partners in service” with Rotarians across the world.
Often we mistakenly refer Rotaractors as future leaders or future Rotarians ….. I would like to make a moment to reflect on this innocent mistake.
I would put to you Rotaractors are today’s leaders ….. their service to the world community is valuable today, their views ae critical that they are heard, their leadership of their peers moves the world to a more peaceful model in a way that older people could never achieve.
Our immediate past president has accomplished great things in her time with rotary and outside of rotary because she is driven to help others, who have experienced what she has and to help carry them through. She has not only raised money and spread awareness, she has given a voice to so many young people who have to live with the effects of the abuse they suffered. She didn’t just set a moral standard for this club, she lived it and pushed others to live it as well. There is a reason so many Rotarians and Rotaractors admire her and want to see her do well. It takes courage to stand up to the people we disagree with but even more, courage to stand up to our friends. Ashlee does both exceedingly well. When we are challenged for saying or doing something that we don’t realise is wrong we have two options. We could either feel guilt or empathy. Guilt and anger are merely defensive mechanisms used by our ego, Empathy is the stronger emotion because it asks us to remove ourselves and stop asking what we meant, and ask instead how we make others feel. It is a hard lesson to learn and an even harder one to teach, but it’s what makes Ashlee unique as a leader because she challenges us to move beyond our ego and serve others before ourselves. Before I can begin to talk about the year ahead of us, I would like Thank Ashlee Evans for leading us this year.
Fortunately for us all, this year there will be no tea puns in the presidential speech.
I would just like to say how indescribably proud I am to have been the president of this club, a club that has changed the template of Rotaract meetings and achieved so much in the past 3 years.
This year, I spent most of my time in and out of psychiatric care, but the one thing that always went smoothly was how this club continued to run without me and that would not have been so if it weren’t for our secretary, webmaster, and glue that keeps us all together. Damien Walker is the heart and soul of Salisbury City Rotaract and I’d like for everyone to give him a round of applause for his efforts and devotion to the Rotary cause.