Faculty Adviser of new Pepperdine International Rotaract Club Pepperdine Seaver College Professor Michael Gose (L) introduces officers of the new Pepperdine International Rotaract Club (L to R) Nina Sprenger club Vice President, who formulated the idea of the club after attending the Pepperdine campus in Heidelberg Germany; Simone Raeth, club secretary who was born in Germany to American Rotarian parents; Heet Ghodasain, club Director of Marketing and Promotion, who is from Rajkot, India and has been involved with Rotary Polio Plus campaign since she was in high school as Interactor in India; and Nicky MacCallum, club President, a Pepperdine freshman who was born in Hong Kong of Chinese and Irish parents.
When Professor Gose came the Malibu Rotary Club on March 8, 2017  he brought with him the four students who will comprise the executive board of the new campus club, which will become part of Rotarct International. 
All the members of the new campus club have lived in other countries
 
 
.  Pepperdine University and Rotary share a goal in international understanding. Pepperdine University in Malibu encourages its American students to study a year at one of its campuses in other parts of the world. Pepperdine has six permanent international campuses, and additional study and internship programs on six continents. In addition it recruits students from around the world to come to America and study at its Malibu campus, and the attraction for that is obvious.
Professors have noted that foreign students often stick with students from their own country and culture, rather than integrating into the campus life of students as a whole.  Chinese students congregate with Chinese students, and Middle Eastern students hang around Middle Eastern students.
It is the hope that students who become part of the Pepperdine International Rotaract Club get to sample the cultures of many, if not all, the countries of the world, In fact it is the goal of faculty adviser Michael Gose to recruit students from 160 countries to become part of the Pepperdine International Rotaract Club and then go back to the Rotary Clubs in their home countries to tell them about their cultural experience.
Each of the student making up the board of the new Pepperdine International Rotaract Club was given a chance to speak at the Malibu Rotary Club.  First to speak was Simone Raeth, club secretary who was born in Germany to American Rotarian parents.  Her father is a Rotarian, a member of a club in the San Francisco Bay area of California. As she explains, he was the Rotarian leading a GSE (Group Study Exchange) to Germany 20 years ago.  Her pregnant mom was on the trip with her GSE leading dad, visiting all the places that the GSE team was going in Europe.  She was not supposed to born until the group returned to California, but she was 2 weeks premature, and as a result was born near Heidelberg Germany.  The Rotarians in Germany were very helpful and accommodating to mom.  Simone has grown up around Rotary since the day she was born.  Back in the United States she would get up with her dad and go the Rotary meetings with him, became a Paul Harris Fellow. When she came to Pepperdine she jumped at the chance to study her second year at the Pepperdine Heidelberg campus. When she was there she was able to meet the Rotarians and go to the places that had helped her family in Heidelberg when she was born there 20 years ago.
Nina Sprenger, Vice President on the new Rotaract club, is the most local of the students, growing up in Orange County California.  She also studied at the Pepperdine campus in Heidelberg Germany, where she met Simone, and other students she wanted to stay connected with when she came back to the Pepperdine Malibu campus.  She invited them to her house in Orange County.  She was inspired by Simone’s Rotary connections and they t hought it would be great to have a Rotaract Club at Pepperdine in Malibu.
Heet Ghodasain, Rotaract club Director of Marketing and Promotion, was born in  Rajkot, India and has has also been involved with Rotary most of her life.  She was a member of the Interact Club  at her high school sponsored by the local Rotary Club,  and participated in inoculation of 15,009 children in Rajkot.   Rajkot was the first section of India that was declared polio-free by WHO. Heet’s Interact club also participated in a literacy program in India, where the helped teach young children to read.
Nicky MacCallum, the new Pepperdine Interantional Rotaract Club President, is a Pepperdine freshman who was born in Hong Kong of Chinese and Irish parents. Because of his cross race ancestry, he has had to deal with racial diversity in a place where he was surrounded by ethnic Chinese, and welcomes the opportunity to lead the new Rotaract club that welcomes diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds.