Rotaractors Rachel Wintz and Parker Jellison, President and Past President of the Rotaract Club of Ventura, talk about what attracted them to Rotary and the opportunities it has provided to them to serve the community and develop their own skills.
The popular flagship project of their club is a Mexico house build, which draws over 70 volunteers, including Rotaractors, Rotarians and other members of the local community to take part each year. The project is carried out in conjunction with partner organization Quarterzone, who assists in finding the recipients of the houses, providing supplies and organizing skilled labor to help the volunteers on the build day.
Some of their other projects include tree planting and buying Christmas presents for disadvantaged children. Along with a variety of volunteer opportunities, the club also provides chances for professional and leadership development. There is also a strong social element, with lots of fun activities to make new friends.
Parker also covers his role as District Rotaract Representative, connecting with all the Rotaract clubs in the district and representing Rotaract at District meetings and events.