District 7780 has 2 Rotaract clubs, University of New Hampshire (UNH), and Saint Joseph’s College.  Bowdoin College has started to form a club but they are in the very early stages of development.
 
Here is a list of some of the activities our Rotaract Clubs are involved in.
 
Emily McPherson and Krista Mastrogiacomo, co-Presidents of the UNH Rotaract Club shared that their club is involved in…
Relay for Life, beach cleanup, Quackfest with Durham club, and our trick or treat for canned goods. Our biggest event coming up is our trick or treat for canned goods event where we collect canned goods from the surrounding towns to donate to “End 68 Hours of Hunger”.  This is an organization that provides food to children who do not have access to food over the weekends. We have been able to collect over a thousand goods for this event. Another big event we are involved in is helping the Exeter Rotary Club with their holiday auction. We are helping to find donors for the auction and we will help to run the auction.
 
Austin Bear, President of the Saint Joseph’s College Rotaract Club, writes that his club is involved in…
Halloween celebration at an assisted living home for adults with disabilities on October 28th,  Helping a Rotary club with their 35th anniversary and spaghetti dinner on November 3rd, Thanksgiving food drive for local food pantry (November)
Meeting with representatives from National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI),  to discuss “awareness events” we can bring to campus, November 29.
Christmas for a family drive to provide a disadvantaged family with Christmas gifts (December)
Polar dip for Maine Children’s Cancer Program.
 
What’s next for Rotaract?
Rotaractors are excited about a future humanitarian project in Puerto Rico, January 2019. 
Did you know?
A year after Hurricane Maria, thousands of Puerto Rico’s residents are still recovering from the storm. Although power has been restored and access to clean water has greatly improved in some areas, Puerto Ricans are still recovering from the destruction and trauma of the hurricane. There are still residents without continuous power. Day-long power outages are still common, especially in rural areas. Some homes still have tarps instead of roofs. Collapsed utility poles and uprooted trees are common. The continued challenges have driven hundreds of thousands of Puerto Ricans from the island entirely. Many homes remain completely abandoned. As of August, thousands of families were still displaced, living in shelters, with friends or relatives, or at hotels with assistance from FEMA. There are still many families living under the shelter of temporary blue tarps. Others are just beginning the slow process of reconstruction, as rebuilding materials are expensive and have been in short supply and help is hard to find.
The Rotaract team (15-20 college students) are planning to team up with 13 Rotaract clubs in Puerto Rico to help support relief, recovery and rebuilding efforts in Puerto Rico including installing solar panels and fixing homes for those in need. More information will follow about how you can help fund their amazing trip.