Post by: Daniel Warnecke ’17
There is nothing easy about planning a trip to a place of unfamiliar territory, especially when that place is Beverly Kentucky—a town within the poorest county in the country. Living within the fruitful lands of the northeast can easily lead one into forgetting about how easy he or she may have it, and that is something that the members within Castleton University Rotaract Club are beginning to understand. The Rotaract Club is currently packing up their bags and hitting the road in hopes of bettering the lives of our fellow Americans in dire need.
Preparing for this mission trip has not been an easy task. It takes a certain amount of preparation, both physically and mentally, and has truly stirred up a multitude of questions within our club. Will we be able to raise enough money to go? What if the weather doesn’t pan out? How can we successfully plan such a huge trip within such a narrow timeframe? These questions were that of a realistic nature, but we have been able to come together as a club, fundraise, and make it happen. Even so, none of this preparation could have been successfully completed without some help. The Rotaract Club follows a simple motto: “Service Above Self.” This motto not only resides true within the hearts of the members of the Rotaract Club, but we, as a club, have also noticed that this motto resides strongly within the hearts of the Castleton University community. Our club has been granted generous financial help from Castleton’s Student Government Association (SGA), and has been blessed with continued community participation in fundraising events. The support has been awe-inspiring.
The support for the Rotaract Club, both financially and emotionally, has been encouraging, and has given club members a feeling of social importance. Just this past week, we set Chinese “WISH” Lanterns off into the sky to raise money for a wonderful charity, the Wounded Warrior Project. These lanterns gave individuals an opportunity to let go of bothersome thoughts, as well as recognize friends and loved ones that have passed. The turnout was wonderful and we were surprised at the amount of community support, recognition and donations that we received. It extended our belief in the amount of good that goes on within the campus boundaries, and its surrounding communities.
The Castleton University Rotaract Club cannot thank everybody enough for the amount of support that we have received. Our club is relatively new, but one would never think that to be true. In such a short amount of time, Castleton University and the communities that reside around the institution have shone their true colors—and they are bright!