Rotaract, the college level version of Rotary, is fostering future service leaders right in our own backyard. University of Michigan Rotaract Club members dedicate three or more hours every week to meetings and service projects. Their domestic service projects range from helping an Ann Arbor elementary school hold their very first science fair to visiting the beautiful state of North Carolina to help maintain local eco-systems by removing invasive species from river areas in partnership with the Hiwassee River Watershed Coalition. They also traveled to New Orleans to assist with Wetland restoration, trail restoration within city parks, and remove invasive species from the local environment.

 

These young entrepreneurs in the making don’t stop at U.S. borders, however. Their international work includes traveling to Guatemala to help build houses in partnership with ConstruCasa, and teaching English lessons to children in El Salvador where they also helped fund three scholarships and a water filtration system. Their commitment to service in addition to their maintaining their studies is the embodiment of “service over self.” To follow what these service leaders are doing locally and internationally, visit their website at www.umich.edu/~rotaract/index.html.

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