25 March 2013 — Nallely Castro-Bello, Speaker: About Rotaract


A Rotary Club without service projects is the same as a bunch of friends getting together for a meal. It’s very nice, but doesn’t change the world.

March 13, International Mother Language Day presentation at Tarzana Elementary School.
March 21, helping out with Literacy Night at Tarzana Elementary School.
March 27, International Mother Language Day presentation at Vally Presbyterian School.
April 21, “One More Item” Food Drive for Valley Food Bank at Gelson’s Market in Sherman Oaks.
May 10, Group Study Exchange event, teaching World Peace and Understanding
May 11, unloading mail trucks for Valley Food Bank on National Stamp Out Hunger Day

And so much more in the planning stages. One child at a time, one can of food at a time, one new friend at a time, changing the world.








We asked Nallely Castro-Bello, the President-Elect of the Rotary Club of West San Fernando Valley, to educate us about Rotaract, and we came away from our 24 March 2013 Fireplace Room meeting with a clear understanding of what Rotaract is, how a Rotary Club can support the Rotaractors they sponsor, and how to make the experience a two-way street that is great for everyone concerned.

Past Rotary International President Cliff Dochterman, in his book “The ABCs of Rotary,” explains Rotaract this way: “Building on the success of Interact clubs in the early 1960s, the RI Board created Rotaract in 1968.  The new organization was designed to promote responsible citizenship and leadership potential in clubs of young men and women ages 18-30.  The first Rotaract club was chartered by the Rotary Club of Charlotte North in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA.  In 2006, there were 184,000 members in more than 8,000 Rotaract clubs in 139 countries.

“Rotaract clubs emphasize the importance of individual responsibility as the basis of personal success and community involvement. Each club is required to complete at least two major service projects each year, one to serve the community and the other to promote international understanding.  Rotaract also provides opportunities leading to greater leadership and professional development.  Rotaractors enjoy many social activities as well.  A Rotaract club can exist only when sponsored, guided, and counseled by a Rotary club.”

Now we hear from a two-year Rotaract Club President who has joined a Rotary Club and will serve as its President in 2013-2014.


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Nallely, second from left, accepts her scholarship.

Nallely, second from left, accepts her scholarship during her Rotaract days.








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2 responses to 25 March 2013 — Nallely Castro-Bello, Speaker: About Rotaract

  1. Nallely’s remarks were very helpful in understanding the importance of the relationship between a Rotaract club and it’s sponsoring Rotary club. This information will be very useful to us if we decide to help start Rotaract club at one of our local colleges.

  2. I enjoyed learning more about Rotaract from the presentation. It was also nice to hear the perspective of a younger Rotarian.

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