(November 29, 2017) - In an evening ceremony at the Ogeechee Theater, the Rotaract Club of Armstrong State University inducted nine new members during an Installation Ceremony, held on Monday, November 27.
Interim President Jennifer L. Frum, Ph.D., introduced the night’s guest speaker Don Waters, an Armstrong alumnus and newly appointed vice chair of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia.
“As you progress in your studies here and in your careers, you will meet and interact with many people along the way,” Frum said. “A few of these people will stand out. Regent Waters is one of those people for me.”
A Rotarian himself, Waters addressed the audience in attendance, which included his wife, Cindy, also an alumnus, and spoke on the topic of leadership training and encouraged the incoming students to reject the notion that leaders are born, not made.
Armstrong Rotaract Club President Tajae Francis then addressed the inductees with a warm welcome and a brief note on what is expected of them as members of an organization known for its motto of “service above self.”
“The community will know and judge Rotaract and Rotary through your example in character and service,” Francis stated. “We accept you as a member because we believe the principles and objects of Rotary will be safe in your keeping.”
The Rotary is a time-honored international organization with thousands of clubs, including Rotaract clubs specifically designed for young adults, formed by local citizens who want to combat problems they see in their community and the world through humanitarian efforts.
Waters and Frum congratulated the nine inductees, as they gave them their Rotaract club pins and certificates.
The club’s staff advisor and veteran Rotarian Julie Gerbsch believes membership helps prepare students for life after college.
“The extensive volunteer opportunities and community experiences that come as a direct result of being a Rotaract student are extremely broadening,” she said.
The celebratory event was preceded by a dinner and networking opportunities between students, university staff and Savannah-area leaders.
To learn more about the Rotaract Club of Armstrong, please visit their official web page.