What A Year: remarks from our outgoing President

President 2016/17My year as President for the Rotaract Club of Oxford has been a lot of fun and there have been many highlights.

We had our club elections yesterday and our Vice President, Tash, is stepping into the President role, with her new committee. So a few words from me as a summary of my year and some things I am proud of.

As is true of many Rotaract clubs across the world, it is the people who make it worthwhile. The members in our club are a great bunch – always up for a laugh and willing to get stuck in!

Our biggest successes as a club this year have been:

  • Co-ordinating our most successful Scavenger Hunt in Oxford
  • Getting a team of 7 volunteers for the Santas on the Run
  • Introducing guest speakers to our calendar to expose members to different career paths
  • Using Skype meetings when a face-to-face meeting isn’t worthwhile.

I spoke at our District 1090 Conference in Bournemouth about the benefits of Rotaract and really believe that it is one of those groups that you never stop learning from. It’s about creating new ideas, thinking of different ways to raise money or get new members and always meeting new people.

For the 2017/18 Rotaract year, I will be sitting on the District committee as a Rotaract representative, travelling around to see what clubs in our District are up to. I am looking forward to the challenge and will also continue to be involved with the Oxford club because it has become such a huge part of my life.

All the best to our new committee! And if you are interested in joining Rotaract, come along and meet us, we’re a friendly bunch!

Our Oxford Scavenger Hunt Returns…

Following the success of last year’s event, we will be putting on another Scavenger Hunt this May.

Teams of up to 4 people will take part and try and track down all our clues, including opportunities to take pictures and earn bonus points by finding some of the Rotaract members.

The Scavenger Hunt will be on Saturday 13th May, starting from Bonn Square in Oxford city centre (near to Beaverbrooks & Argos). From 12 noon, teams will assemble and be sent off at staggered intervals to find their clues.

The teams will have 2 hours to complete the puzzles and then race back to the Castle Quarter, where those in on time will be in with the chance of winning a luxury hamper!

Entry is £3 per person with proceeds going to Helen & Douglas House. So bring along friends and family for a fun afternoon of exploring. Open to all ages and you don’t have to be a member of Rotaract to enter (although we do let our members enter too!)