Rotaract of VCU
Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Rotaract was organized in 2009 and is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Richmond. Bi-weekly meetings take place on the VCU campus from August to May. The club has been active in Polio Plus, Byrd Park Cleanup, and Meals on Wheels campaigns in the fall and Project WARM and the Rotary District 7600 RYLA Conference in February. For more information contact Mike Little, Club Adviser Rotary Club of Richmond at email@example.com. We are on Facebook at Rotaract of VCU.
President - Alex Ritchie: I've been involved with Rotaract for three years now and it has completely changed my life. I started off as the founder and first president of the Rotaract club at John Tyler. I then transferred into the Biomedical Engineering program at VCU. I am currently president of our VCU Rotaract Club. Additionally, I have the honor of serving as our district Rotaract representative for 7600. I'm also public image chair and the young pro-fessionals coordinator for our district. I took the plunge and officially became a Rotarian as of July 1st, 2016 when the council on legislation decided Rotaractors could also become members of Rotary. It's been an incredible journey so far and I can't wait to see what's ahead.
Vice President - Aliyah Nicole Decker: I am a sophomore studying Kinetic Imaging (which is animation, video, and sound) in the art department of VCU and in the Honors College. I got involved with Rotaract last year when I was looking for a way to get to know my community and give back to the city that has given me so many opportunities. At the time, I didn’t know anything about Rotary, but since then it has had a special place in my heart. Now I have a family here in Richmond! I look forward to making a difference with my fellow Rotaractors!
Treasurer - Jenna Davilla: I am a junior at VCU with a major in Environmental Studies and a minor in Mathematics. I have been involved in Rotary since my membership with Interact Club back in 2011, and I currently serve as Treasurer of Rotaract Club at VCU (my first year in an officer position). I always had a passion of helping those in need, and I hope to connect with communities across the world through my service with Rotary as well as enhance in my personal growth.
Secretary - Hai Duong Tran: I am a Freshman pre-nursing student at VCU. This is my first year as a member of the Rotaract Club of VCU. Back in high school, I was historian of a community service club, the Keydettes. The wonderful experience I gained there has opened my mind as to how important it is to serve others, especially where I can share opportunities with others who want to make their community a better place. I am glad to serve as an officer for the Rotaract Club of VCU, and hope that I can make change for the good of others in the community.
Social Media/Historian Officer - Amer Amr: Though I was born in Las Cruses, New Mexico, I've spent most of my life in Virginia. I grew up in Colonial Heights during elementary and middle school, and am currently living in Chesterfield. My major is electrical engineering, with a minor in computer science, as I have a fascination in robotics and programming. I was interested in being a part of Rotary and Rotaract at VCU for multiple reasons. In high school, I had participated in Key Club and Interact, which introduced me to the effect of volunteering in my youth. Once I entered college, I planned to earn leadership experience and network in my community for the future. My experiences so far at Rotaract have proven my decision to join the club to be meaningful.
Fundraising Officer - Kayo Jung Lu: I am 21 years old and currently studying psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University. I will be graduating the coming Spring and I am thinking of entering counseling psychology or social work graduate program. I am passionate about traveling, cooking, and doing community service. Traveling the world has taught me life lessons and opened my eyes. Helping to make the world a better place is what my parents have taught me since I was younger; especially my father who deeply influenced me the most. My father, John Lu is the past president of the Rotary Club of Taipei Southgate (District 3520) and now he is the member of the Rotary Club of Falls Church, Virginia (District 7610). I started to get involved in the Rotary Club events with my father since elementary school. We had participated numerous activities such as tree planting, beach clean-up and mountain clean-up for helping the community and protecting the natural environment.
The Rotary Club had a great impact on my life and I always remember every time before the club meeting starts, we would read the principles of the Rotary Club out loud. How to serve the society based on our ability and knowledge to improve the society and bring peace to the world? This question already becomes an important goal in my life. And I am fortunate to have the opportunity to join the Rotaract Club at VCU last year and was awarded the Rotaractor of the Year of 2016 to 2017. In our club, all the projects are carefully designed by our officers and they are involved in different aspects of the society. All of them are unique and meaningful and I am thankful for learning new things through the projects. Besides doing community service, I made friends in the club and they are like my family. We cooperate together and support each other when there are challenges. The Rotaract Club is already like a second home for me. In the second year of participating in the Rotaract Club, I am the current fundraising officer of the club. I am hoping to contribute more to the Rotaract Club and following in my father's footsteps.