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Rotaract hosts inaugural meeting

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Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus on Tuesday, Oct. 18, held its first official meeting of Rotaract, a student service club sponsored by Rotary International.

Several officials, including state Rep. Leslie Post of Ozark, were on hand to witness the Arkansas Tech-Ozark charter be signed by Rotary District 6110 Governor Danny Mitchell of Tulsa, Okla.

With more than 200,000 members worldwide, Rotaract is a service, leadership and community service organization for young men and women between the ages 18-30. The club focuses on the development of young adults as leaders in their communities and workplace.

Mitchell said there are more than 1.2 million Rotarians around the world and more than 5,000 members and 81 chapters in District 6110, which includes areas of Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas.

“You are now the newest club in the world,” he said. “All of Rotary supports you.”

The Arkansas Tech-Ozark Rotaract is sponsored by the Altus Area Sunset Rotary Club with support from the Ozark Rotary Club. Altus President A.C. Moncrief said, “You can’t out-give the giver. You’ll find that the more you give, the more it gives back to you.”

Professor Mike Murders will serve as the campus Rotaract advisor. Student officers include President Nathan Rodriguez, Vice President Laura Heffington, Secretary Taylor Pippin, all of Ozark, and Treasurer Brittani Riley of Alix. Dani Stark and Latosha Taylor, both of Ozark, will serve as a student advisors.

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PHOTO: Danny Mitchell of Tulsa, Okla., Rotary District 6110 governor, signs the Arkansas Tech-Ozark Rotaract charter Tuesday, Oct. 18, as Rotaract advisor Mike Murders watches.

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