Posted by: mtsurotaract | February 9, 2009

Minutes from General Assembly Meeting (02/05/09)

Rotaract Club of Middle Tennessee University

General Meeting

February 5, 2009

7 o’ clock pm – PH Room 211

Facilitator: Joshua Fryer

The meeting started a few minutes after 7 pm, shortly after the delivery of pizza (donated by the University Honors College). Joshua began the meeting by presenting a PowerPoint presentation about the direction the club will be taking for the semester. You can view the powerpoint online: http://docs.google.com/Presentation?id=dd6tdqst_1686f7p2qnch . The presentation included suggestions from Joshua and Kaitlyn about four service projects to take on this semester: Read-to-Succeed, The Everything Drive, KIVA, and International Date Night, professional development, club development, and the MTSU Rotaract website.

Shannon Anderson described Read-to-Succeed, and mentioned an upcoming opportunity to help sort and shelve books for the organization at Linebaugh Library on Wednesday, February 18. Joshua then described the idea behind The Everything Drive, which would include placing donation spots around campus to collect clothes, food, shoes, school supplies, etc. Members of the club would then sort through and send items to the respective organizations that need these items (i.e. Second Harvest, Soles4Soules, Red Cross). Joshua then expressed his desire for the club to get involved with KIVA, an international micro-loan program. Finishing off the service projects is the co-sponsoring of International Date Night with Society for International Affairs, Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority Inc, Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity Inc, and the MTSU Salsa Dance Club. International Date Night is meant to spread multiculturalism through an array of international foods, music, salsa lesson, and dancing to benefit the SIA KIVA fund.

Moving on, Joshua began to discuss Professional Development. He suggested we try to host two speakers per semester to promote professional development, host a resume building workshop and GRE study groups, as well as promote internship opportunities for students across campus. Regarding internship opportunities, Joshua would like each college in the university be represented by one Rotaract member that will post a monthly list of internship opportunities for majors in that college. If you are interested in helping keep up with a particular college’s internship opportunities, please contact Joshua.

Next, Joshua discussed Club Development. He proposed having a hot chocolate sale on February 19th before it begins to get too warm. If you are interested in selling hot chocolate (even for a short time) during the day on Feb. 19th, please contact Joshua. He also suggested we sell barbecue (hopefully donated from Kaitlyn’s family-owned, Bar-B-Cutie) when it gets warmer and hold an iPod Nano raffle. Joshua also suggested we have a movie night once a month, and it was decided that it would be best to do this on a Thursday during the time the club would normally meet (since most people are available at this time). Lauren Walker offered to host movies at her parent’s house (which has an in-home theater). Joshua suggested that we tentatively set February 26th as the night for our February movie. More details about this will be forthcoming. He wrapped up the slide on club development by also suggesting we hold a club picnic sometime when it gets warm.

For those attending the Rotaract meeting for the first time, Joshua went over the MTSU Rotaract website, before finishing up his presentation.

Joshua also noted that dues for Rotaract are $5, and to try to get this to him or Kaitlyn as soon as possible.

Discussions following the presentation included working with other campus organizations, such as Word Up! or Amnesty International, on community service projects.

Following these discussions, the meeting was adjourned at approximately 7:45 pm.

Upcoming Events:

  • Read-to-Succeed– Wed., Feb. 18, Linebaugh Library – (Email Shannon Anderson for details, and to sign up for a time slot)
  • International Date Night – Wed., Feb. 18, 7 pm, JUB-Tennessee Ballroom – (Email Shayna Taylor to buy or sell tickets, or to help with the event)
  • General Meeting – Thur., Feb. 19, 7 pm, PH 211
  • Hot Chocolate Sale – Thur., Feb. 19 – (Email Joshua to sign up for a time slot)
  • Rotaract Movie Night – Thur., Feb. 26, 6pm, TBA – (Email Joshua or Nichole Stude to suggest a movie)

PowerPoint Presentation link: http://docs.google.com/Presentation?id=dd6tdqst_1686f7p2qnch

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