Rochester Rotary Invites Oakland University Students to Put “Service Above Self” by Joining Rotaract

OU students encouraged to learn more about Rotaract at GrizzFest on Thursday, Sept. 10 

Rochester Rotary, a member club of Rotary International, a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders that provides humanitarian service and encourages high ethical standards in all vocations, invites college students ages 18-30 from Oakland University (OU) to join Rotaract, Rotary International’s service club for young adults. OU’s Rotoract Club will be participating in GrizzFest, an opportunity for OU students to obtain information about a variety of student clubs and organizations. GrizzFest is Thursday, Sept. 10 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the OU campus.

Rochester Rotary LogoThe Rotaract Club was organized at OU in fall 2013 and is sponsored by the Rochester Rotary club, which provides support and guidance. Oakland University Rotaract co-presidents are Savine Zora and Brittany Savaya. Wayne Hodges, a Rochester Rotarian and a liaison for OU’s Rotaract club, explains the appeal of joining a service club like Rotaract.

“Today’s young adults are the leaders of tomorrow. Rotaract provides young leaders and those who aspire to leadership the opportunity to learn and understand the value of individual responsibility, hard work and personal integrity while enhancing and demonstrating leadership skills and promoting goodwill,” Hodges said. “We encourage any OU students interested in learning more about the club to stop by the Rotaract table at GrizzFest. As a club, we really enjoy working with our community’s young adults to make a difference, form lifelong relationships and learn and grow together.”

With more than 200,000 Rotaractors in approximately 170 countries and geographical areas, Rotaract allows participants to meet young adults from around the world, develop leadership skills and contribute to the betterment of the global society. Rotaract clubs carry out community service projects each year, including one that specifically furthers international understanding and goodwill.

About GrizzFest
GrizzFest is a volunteer, community business and involvement fair. There are 200+ tables with information on how to get involved. Student organizations will offer information about their organization and local community businesses will also be on campus handing out coupons, samples and information to students. It will be held outside between the Oakland Center, the Kresge Library, and Dodge Hall. The event will take place from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. The rain date is Tuesday, September 15. For more information call (248)-370-2400.

About Rochester Rotary
Celebrating 61 years as a club in 2015, Rochester Rotary is one of 34,000 member clubs of Rotary International, which has more than 1.2 million members and raises and disburses funds for charitable, educational and scientific purposes. Monies are raised through social events and service projects organized by the club, ‘fines’ collected at Rochester Rotary meetings and gifts offered to the club through members and supporters.

The club welcomes new members who live or work in Rochester, Rochester Hills or Oakland Township. For membership information, contact Jeff Whitbey at Rochester Rotary meets each Tuesday at noon at the River Crest Banquet Hall on Avon Road and Livernois in Rochester Hills. Learn more at

About Rotary International
Rotary’s main objective is service — in the community, in the workplace, and around the globe. The 1.2 million Rotarians who hail from Rotary clubs in nearly every country in the world share a dedication to the ideal of Service Above Self. Rotary clubs are open to people of all cultures and ethnicities and are not affiliated with any political or religious organizations. Learn more at

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