What an experience! Four of our club members traveled to Hamburg in June where over 27.000 Rotarians and Rotaractors joined from across the globe to connect, exchange ideas, be inspired and attend the Rotary International Convention.
Personal highlights were the Rotaract PreConvention and that two Rotaractors received the highest honor possible from Rotary International for their commitment and contribution (Phoenix for doubling the number of Rotaract Clubs in her district and Paul for founding a Rotaract Club in a refugee camp).
We feel inspired by the program, ready to catch up on sleep from all the great parties, and can´t wait to see our new friends from across the globe again.
We know this sounds overly enthusiastic – but what can we say – feeling part of something global can be a powerful feeling.
So who´s planning on joining the convention next year in June in Honolulu, Hawaii?
PS: We were super excited that one of our own, ou president Nadia von Österreich, was in the program.
Why did you come to Rotaract? And what should our club life look and feel like when we look back in a year? These questions guided us in the official Kick-Off-Meeting of this Rotarian year 2018/19.
We took a look back at the foundations and the spirit of Rotaract and the Rotarian family and reflected how our club has filled the three pillars – Learn – Help – Celebrate – with life in the previous year. Looking ahead, we brainstormed our visions for the club and got inspired by the many ideas that our members and guests shared.
Ranging from supporting the local food bank (Tafel) with a Buy-One-More activity, or learning about bee-keeping as part of Rotaract Germany’s BeeAlive project, to raising funds along with our Rotarian partners club through e.g. the Adventskalender sale or the Hanau-24h-Run, we are already looking forward to a busy year – and there is more to come:
A recent presentation at Rotary Club Eschborn on CPR inspired us to start developing a Saving Lives social service project to teach people how to act in a medical emergency. Creative Time with Children in need sounds like a great way to spend an afternoon, doesn’t it? First contacts with local partners have already been established. Providing refugees a platform to share their stories and to further mutual understanding is the idea behind Untold Stories, a concept pitched by our guest Sonan. And, of course, a Rotaract Frankfurt/Main-International original concept, ROTARart CulturACT, the charity concert with performances by Rotaract members and friends first started in November 2017, may be back by popular demand. Stay tuned!