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Kevin Pratte and Gary Green Start Up Rotaract At San Diego City College

11/12/2015

On October 30, San Diego City College men’s volleyball head coach hosted the first Rotaract meeting. The purpose of Rotaract is to provide an opportunity for young men and women to enhance the knowledge and skills that will assist them in personal development, to address the physical and social needs of their communities, and to promote better relations between all people worldwide through a framework of friendship and service.

The goals of Rotaract are:
1.) To develop professional and leadership skills. 
2.) To emphasize respect for the rights of others, and to promote ethical standards and the dignity of all useful occupations. 
3.) To provide opportunities for young people to address the needs and concerns of the community and our world. 
4.) To provide opportunities for working in cooperation with sponsoring Rotary clubs
5.) To motivate young people for eventual membership in Rotary.

The Rotaract members will meet for breakfast to discuss the community service project they are completing for the 2015-2016 school year. Also, a dynamic community leader will talk to the Rotaract members about important life skills that will help them in their everyday life.

Downtown San Diego Breakfast Club Rotarians Kevin Pratte and Gary Green are the club advisors. “We had our first meeting on October 30th and plus or minus 42 kids from the college showed up," said Green. "It was truly inspirational that 40 students ages 18-19 would be willing to give their time and efforts to join such a worthy cause. I believe that they will benefit from the values that they will pick up by associating with our Rotary Club. I am excited about being involved with this start up Rotaract Club at SDCC."

The first meeting took place at Petco Park and the Rotaract students played wiffle ball in their Halloween costumes. “Gary and the Downtown San Diego Rotary Club strongly encouraged me to start a Rotaract club at San Diego City College," said Knights' Head Coach Kevin Pratte. The Downtown San Diego Rotary Club has been instrumental for developing me as a college head coach. My fellow rotarians are my biggest fans and fully support my two college teams that I coach. The least I can do for my fellow rotarians is start a Rotaract club. I have a sneaking suspicion that some of these rotaract San Diego City College members will one day be Downtown San Diego Breakfast Rotary members after they graduate from college."

All the San Diego City College men’s volleyball players are members of the rotaract club. Other San Diego City College athletes are members of the club as well and there is still time to join the club.

If you are interested, please contact Kevin Pratte at kpratte@sdccd.edu. Any San Diego City College student is welcome to join the club. The club has already elected men's volleyball players Ethan Bonelli as President and Zach Kramer as Vice President.

“The first meeting was a smashing success," said Bonelli. "It was important to make sure the first meeting was fun and my fellow Rotaract members loved playing wiffle ball in Halloween costumes outside of Petco Park. We are very lucky to have Gary Green and Kevin Pratte on board. Both are exceptional at networking and lending a helping hand. With their guidance and the enthusiasm of the Rotaract members the sky is the limit for our club."

“It is a privilege to be named the Vice President of the San Diego City College Rotact Club," said Kramer. "Ethan is an exceptional leader and we are going to accomplish great things during the course of the 2015-2016 academic school year. Getting involved in community service is a staple for the San Diego City College men’s volleyball program and I am thrilled we are starting a Rotaract club. These types of clubs look good on a resume and will be something to brag about when we apply to four year universities. Most importantly, it is fulfilling to give back and we will have many opportunities to give back to America’s finest city."

Rotaract Meeting Schedule:
 Friday, December 4th at City College 9 a.m.
 Friday, January 29th at City College 9 a.m.
 Friday, Feb 26th at City College 9 a.m.
 Friday, March 25th at City College 9 a.m.
 Friday, April 22nd at City College 9 a.m.
 Friday, May 12th at City College 9 a.m.