"It’s hard to believe that the 2016-2017 Rotary year comes to a close this week. As I reflect on this year serving as the Boston Rotaract president, I cannot help but smile. This past weekend I had the honor of hosting our end-of-year dinner which included many Boston Rotaractors, Rotarian friends, and even a few new friends who were invited to experience the magic of this group (and hopefully join as members soon)!"
 
"It’s hard to believe that the 2016-2017 Rotary year comes to a close this week. As I reflect on this year serving as the Boston Rotaract president, I cannot help but smile. This past weekend I had the honor of hosting our end-of-year dinner which included many Boston Rotaractors, Rotarian friends, and even a few new friends who were invited to experience the magic of this group (and hopefully join as members soon)!

We had a chance to celebrate many milestones of the year, including:

  • Collectively completing 340 hours of community service among our members.

  • Inducting 10 new members into our Boston Rotaract family.

  • Honoring our club’s first ever Paul Harris Fellow, Anu Rayamajhi, for her effort to raise awareness of and support for Healthy Kids/Brighter Future.

  • Hosting our Women in Rotary: Not (Just) Your Grandfather’s Rotary Club event in October, which provided a platform for us to share the history of women in Rotary from three phenomenal Rotary women (Elise Cadigan, Sheryl Meehan, and Julia Phelps), and one of the lawyers who represented Rotary women in the landmark Supreme Court case: Board of Directors, Rotary International v. Rotary Club of Duarte. This SCOTUS case resulted in the inclusion of women in Rotary in the United States in 1987. Then in 1989 the Rotary Council on Legislation passed changes to the RI constitution to welcome women in Rotary clubs around the world. To read about the history of women in Rotary, click here. To watch the recording of our event, click here.

  • Developing a long-term service partnership with Found in Translation to support their work in certifying low-income, multi-lingual women as medical interpreters. Our members provided childcare during weekly trainings for the women, and one member, Lexi Kantor, even served as a mentor to a group of women in spring 2017.

  • Transitioning our website to ClubRunner and developing a weekly newsletter to share with our Rotary community about who we are and what we are up to as a club!

  • Developing strong partnerships with several Rotary Clubs in the Boston area and with district 7930 leadership.

  • Holding a club visioning session in November 2016 with the District Visioning Committee which resulted in a restructure of our executive board, a clear idea of the community we want to provide our members, and a better sense of how we can achieve our members’ goals for service.Thank you to our Rotarian visioning committee!

  • Seven of our Boston Rotaractors participating in the the annual Rotaract Pre Convention and Rotary International Convention in Atlanta this month. What an eye-opening experience for our members to be among about 400 Rotaractors and over 40,000 Rotarians from around the world. We learned about new and different ways to do good in the world, made new friends, celebrated our foundation’s centennial, and were challenged to determine how we can contribute to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.

This is a short list of what we have accomplished as a group this year. What it doesn’t include are the amazing friendships I’ve witnessed people establish and grow, which is perhaps the driver behind the incredible accomplishments of this group in 2016-2017. Many of our members join us because they are looking for a community where they can meet friends with shared values. Then when they get to know each other and the possibilities for doing good within Rotary, they use their shared passions to develop and implement projects that make positive impacts on our local and global communities. This is the magic of Rotary. Thank you for the honor of serving as the 2016-2017 Boston Rotaract president. I am better for knowing you, serving with you, and learning from you."

 

-Amy Collinsworth

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