Students, Young Professionals Encouraged to Join College's New Rotaract Club

Published on: February 05, 2013

Several students and administrators at Lone Star College-Montgomery, along with the support of local Rotarians, are making plans to form a new Rotaract club.

Rotaract is a Rotary-sponsored service club for young men and women ages 18 to 30. Rotaract clubs are either community or university based, and they are sponsored by a local Rotary club. The Rotary Club of The Woodlands is already on board in support of the Rotaract Club of LSC-Montgomery.

Area residents interested in joining the club or learning more about it are encouraged to attend a club meeting, which are on the first and third Monday of each month, at 6 p.m., in room B102 (in the Health Science Center) at LSC-Montgomery.

“We are excited to be a host college for Rotaract,” said Steve Scheffler, dean of college relations and a co-sponsor of the new club. “Rotaract is all about linking our up and coming leaders to community service and outreach. We are seeking interested college and university students, as well as young professionals interested in that mission.”

Scheffler, who is also a member of the Rotary Club of The Woodlands, said that in addition to community outreach, the club would also focus on professional development opportunities for its members.

“We want to create well-rounded members who not only give back, but also learn from those more experienced professionals in the community,” said Scheffler. “Ultimately, Rotaract can serve as a springboard toward membership in Rotary.”

As one of Rotary’s most significant and fastest-growing service programs, with more than 8,400 clubs in about 170 countries and geographical areas, Rotaract has become a worldwide phenomenon. All Rotaract efforts begin at the local, grassroots level, with members addressing their communities’ physical and social needs while promoting international understanding and peace through a framework of friendship and service.

Mary Matteson-Parrish, president of the Rotary Club of The Woodlands, is excited about the formation of Rotaract.

“For a long time, we have been interested in having a Rotaract Club as part of our Rotary club, particularly since we have such an active Interact club in our five area high schools,” said Matteson-Parrish. “We have the second largest Interact combined club in the world. It would follow that some of these young people would be interested in participating in Rotaract at the college level. We are very excited that LSC-Montgomery has initiated the steps necessary to get this started and look forward to participating at the advisory level and hopefully have some of our other Rotary clubs in Montgomery County participate.”

For more information, please contact Steve Scheffler at (936) 273-7224, or via e-mail at Steve.J.Scheffler@LoneStar.edu.

LSC-Montgomery is located at 3200 College Park Drive, one-half mile west of Interstate 45, between Conroe and The Woodlands. For more information about the college, call 936.273.7000, or visit LoneStar.edu/montgomery.

With 78,000 students in credit classes, and a total enrollment of more than 90,000, Lone Star College System is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area and the fastest-growing community college system in the nation. Dr. Richard Carpenter is the chancellor of LSCS, which consists of six colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, LSC-Tomball and LSC-University Park, five centers, LSC-University Center at Montgomery, LSC-University Center at University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.