The Rotaract Club at Shepherd University
Rotaract is a Rotary-sponsored service club for young men and women aged 18 to 30. Through the Rotaract program, young adults not only augment their leadership knowledge and skills, they also address the physical and social needs of their communities while promoting international understanding and peace through a framework of friendship and service. Rotaract is one of the most significant and fastest-growing programs in Rotary service, with more than 7,000 clubs in some 163 countries and geographic areas worldwide.
Shepherdstown Rotary sponsored and led the way to the creation of a Rotaract chapter at Shepherd University in November 2005. It was named the D. Lee Morgan Memorial Rotaract Club in honor of Shepherdstown Rotary’s first president. Today, the chapter includes 20 members and is advised by Holly Morgan Frye. Rotaract members meet weekly on Thursdays at 4:30 in the Shepherdstown Student Center.
In March 2010, the chapter raised $700 to benefit the HAS Haiti, hosted a speaker representing MADD to discuss the tragic results of drinking while under the influence, assisted with organization, cleaning and assembling assistive devices to be sent to Haiti, and is helping to coordinate the annual “potato drop” in collaboration with Shepherdstown Rotary. Additionally, this group of individuals provides hours of volunteer hours to projects and initiatives throughout the community.
Rotaract works within the framework of five committees: International Service Committee, Professional Development Committee, Services, Club Service Committee, Community Service Committee, and Finance Committee.
In 2006, Shepherdstown Rotary established a Rotaract Scholarship to be awarded to a member of the Shepherd University Rotaract Club. Members are encouraged to compete for the scholarship by submitting an essay answering specific questions posed by Rotary’s Vocational Services Committee.