By Cristina Dimaano, a member of the Rotaract Club of Los Baños, Los Baños, Laguna, the Philippines
I became an Interactor to help my community in whatever small ways I could. I had a vision for helping separate out biodegradable trash from non-biodegradable items and cleaning up around our school. As students, our classwork is a top priority, but we moved around whenever possible and responded when the community asked for help.
When I became a Rotaractor, I had gained a deeper appreciation for why communities need an organization like ours. We are all about helping.
The Rotaract Club of Los Baños is composed mostly of college students, but also some young professionals who were recent graduates but still hungry to serve. Keeping our club going has not been easy. College students have their studies and social commitments, and the recent graduates are busy establishing themselves in their fields. Sometimes, it can be very difficult to raise sufficient funds and keep everyone motivated.
But this past Rotary year, we recruited a new class of members who brought renewed energy and enthusiasm to our club. They were graduates of the Interact Club of Los Baños National High School or incoming college freshmen, and they were committed to the responsibilities of being a Rotaractor. Even though they could see our club had been pushing through some rough waters, they fully embraced the possibility of volunteering and were excited to serve.
So, I am happy to say, there still exists young people who are willing to dedicate themselves to service and bring hope to their communities, overcoming whatever challenges or barriers face them. I am confident we will continue to help shape productive young leaders who will go on to make the world a better place. If you are a young person, join us! Find a Rotaract or Interact club near you and learn more. You won’t regret it.
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