Affiliated with Rotary International and sponsored by Glen Ellyn Rotary, COD’s Rotaract Club is a service club that fosters leadership and responsible citizenship, encourages high ethical standards in business, and promotes international peace and understanding.
In the past, Rotaract has engaged in a variety of different projects to make a difference, including landscaping, painting, and other helpful activities. They have collaborated with Open Door for Teens and Shelter Box to care for people in need. In Oct. of 2012 they ran a haunted house with the Glenbard West Interact Club at the Glen Oak Country club. The clubs earned more than $2,000, which was equally split between them. The event was so successful, that they were asked to come back and do it again for this year’s Halloween.
“Our mission is to serve the community and give young people the opportunity to build leadership skills,” commented 21 year-old James Walker, Rotaract president.
Walker and a few friends started this club in 2010 and its first active year was 2011.
“In high school, my close friends and I were really involved and we wanted to create an environment here where students can get involved.”
Their next big event will be a bowl-a-thon to benefit polio eradication on March 23 at Fox bowl in Wheaton, 11:15 am – 2:30 pm.
“Rotary has been fighting this disease for 25 years. There are only three countries left where Polio still exists,” said Walker.
In order to take part in the event you can collect donation/per pin pledges from your friends, family and neighbors and then enjoy bowling three games with the other participants. There will be pizza and soda. If anyone is interested, they can visit the Office of Student Life, or for more info contact Walker at Harold_J_Walker@live.com.
Rotaract currently has about ten members and meets every other Sat. at IHOP where they discuss future projects and volunteering opportunities.
“We are always very open to taking suggestions,” mentioned Walker.
In May they will be participating with the DuPage CareFest which is a mission trip where the day is spent serving schools, parks, ministry partners, and not-for-profits.