Feb 08, 2021
Reece Carpenter - President
Bellingham Rotaract Club

Rotaract functions very similar to Rotary, but starts at the age of 18. These students and young professionals organize and run their own clubs all over the world and share similar goals as Rotary Clubs.

The Bellingham Rotaract Club became part of District 5050 about 6 years ago. Within the last year, we have transitioned from a community club to a university club at Western Washington University. Our 7 amazing members of the club have worked hard despite the current times to develop professional and leadership skills, better the community, and grow as a club.

Brief speaker biography.

Reece Carpenter is the current President of the Bellingham Rotaract Club. She got involved with Rotary through the Rotary Youth Exchange Program in Portland, where she is from. Studying abroad in Austria in 2016-2017 allowed her to learn more about the amazing things Rotary can do and has been involved with the organization ever since. She is now a Junior at Western Washington University studying German and Energy Science & Technology.

Emily Calhoun is the current Vice President of the Bellingham Rotaract Club. She got involved with Rotary through RYLA 2018, when her neighbor, the past President of the Whidbey Westside Rotary sponsored her. Through rotary, she has experienced many joyous activities that allow her to explore her helpful nature. She is currently an MBA student at Western Washington University and plans to go into the marketing field.

Justin Nash is the current Secretary for the Bellingham Rotaract Club. He got involved in 2015 where he was part of the Lynnwood Rotaract Club at Edmonds Community College. He was one of the starting members for the Snohomish County Rotaract Club a few years after and went to RYLA in 2018, eventually going on to Western Washington University and earning a Bachelor's of Arts in Recreation Management and Leadership with a minor in Communication Studies in December of 2020.

Other Rotaract members are Alison Mason, Dakota White, Jerad Brown, and our advisor, Lee Sternberger.