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ACCC Rotaract Club Receives Charter

February 2, 2006

Atlantic Cape Community College's Rotaract Club received its charter from Rotary's Past District Governor of Southern New Jersey, Bernadette Jennings of Egg Harbor City, at a ceremony here today. Guardian presented the charter to Dr. Peter L. Mora, ACCC president. Both are members of the Atlantic City Rotary Club.

Rotaract is a branch of Rotary International designed for the young adult usually attending college. It is the fourth charter in Southern New Jersey. There are more than 8,100 Rotaract Clubs around the world. The motto for Rotary International and Rotaract is "Service Above Self."

Rotaract ClubClub members inducted include Jennifer Sikora of Dorothy, president; Brittany Mitros of Estell Manor, vice president; Cristie Ricciotti of Atlantic City, secretary; and Helene Gillman-Hanna of Mays Landing, treasurer. Mike Bolicki of Beesley's Point, assistant professor of education and psychology, is club advisor.

ACCC's charter was co-sponsored by Rotary Clubs of Atlantic City and Ocean City/Upper Township-Evening, who provided startup funds to purchase membership materials and a Rotaract banner for the college.

Rotaract clubs are required to complete at least one local project and one international project in a year. Members are expected to follow Rotary International's "4-Way Test."

Participation in the club enables students to develop their leadership skills, organizational skills and develop friendships while improving their community and the world. Students enrolled on a full- or a part-time basis may join Rotaract.

One of the goals of Rotaract is to provide an opportunity for high school students who participate in Interact, Rotary's high school level club, to continue their community service beyond the high school level. There are Interact clubs in Ocean City, Egg Harbor Township, Atlantic City, Pleasantville and Atlantic Christian high schools.

The first project of the ACCC Rotaract was the "Coats for Kids" conducted for one week in December, which resulted in 60 coats being delivered to the Atlantic City Rescue Mission. The next project under development is to collect children's books and medical supplies for refugee children in Uganda.