Boston Rotaract was chartered on June 15th, 2004. Since then, the club has connected Boston-area students and young professionals for service, social and cultural activities, and professional development. Our members are dedicated to the ideal of “service above self,” but we make sure to have fun along the way. We have done some great things over the years. Here are just a few highlights:
 
Local Service Highlight – Haley House
Volunteering at Haley House has been one of our most popular service activities since fall 2014. Haley House was established in 1966 to help “those made vulnerable by the harshest effects of inequality move toward wholeness and economic independence.” Rotaractors volunteer in the Transitional Employment Program (TEP), which supports men and women transitioning back to the community following incarceration through “building supportive peer communities, fostering healthy relationships, and encouraging self-awareness through group talk, mentoring, volunteering, mindfulness training, and opportunities for community interaction.” Rotaractors baked cookies with folks who work in the cafe and are a part of TEP.  Each shift they not only baked enough cookies to sell at various locations across the Boston College campus (which ultimately funds TEP), but also had the chance to build relationships with TEP participants through conversation that established common ground between participants and volunteers. To learn more about the Haley House, visit HaleyHouse.org.
 
International Service Highlight – Guatemala Water Project
Between 2010 and 2013, Boston Rotaract pursued a project to bring clean water to indigenous people living in the highlands of Guatemala. Club members worked with a local non-profit and local craftsmen to provide water filters, hospital supplies, beds, stoves and toiletries. The supplies were purchased with money raised by our club and the Rotaract Club of Chicago. The project culminated in a July 2013 trip to Guatemala to deliver the supplies and install the water filters and stoves. Meeting the people we worked so long to help provided a satisfying end to an excellent service project. Rotary International eventually recognized this project with a Rotaract Outstanding Project Award in 2014. Check out more photos here.
 
Professional Development Highlight - Crooked Paths to Success Panel
In 2013, Rotaract hosted a panel of incredibly successful professionals in non­profit and other organizations across a range of industries from Efficient Engineering to Global Public Health consulting. The panelists discussed their diverse career paths and industries, with special focus on how Rotary helped their careers. The event offered a great chance to learn and network in the Rotary family.
 
Social Highlight – Tenth Anniversary Gala
Past board members posing with our anniversary cake.On August 1, 2014, the club hosted a gala to celebrate our tenth anniversary. Close to one hundred current and former members, Rotary guests, and friends of the club joined for dinner and celebration. The gala was a great opportunity to remember ten years of service and reconnect to our vast international alumni network. As per usual, the gala was followed by at a local bar. Check out more photos here.
 
As proud as we are of our past activities, we are always looking forward. All of our activities are member-driven. If you have any ideas you would like to share, or activities you would like to organize, feel free to contact us at any time.
 
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