August 2011 - Group News - WCC Rotaract Club
During MerleFest, you will see hundreds of students from Wilkes Community College working to make the festival a successful fundraising event for their school. One of those groups is the WCC Rotaract Club. Members work at the beverage booths and also assist the North Wilkesboro Rotary Club as they manage the MerleFest Mall. Co-advisors Beth Foster and Sherry Thompson comment, “Each year club members have the opportunity to meet people from all over the country and world. They are exposed to a variety of music genres and artists. Just being at the event is a fun and unique time for club members. It is a special time of year for the college, our students and the entire community.”
The club uses its funds earned to support activities throughout the year. They participate in community projects such as Make a Difference Day, the Hope Ministries Toy Store and the Our House Coat Drive. Additionally, WCC Rotaract supports international efforts such as Heifer International. Club members are directly benefitted through their sponsorship of member scholarships on a need basis. The funds also purchase club apparel, allow members to participate in the Etiquette Luncheon held on the campus of WCC each year, and cover luncheon meetings held after events such as Clean Sweep. The group also sponsors annual events at the WCC Waldon’s Caboose—Waldon’s Haunted Caboose and Waldon’s Christmas Caboose.
Foster and Thompson see many opportunities for students’ personal growth during their volunteer work at MerleFest. “Our club’s goal at the festival is to provide a quality beverage product in a timely manner at the beverage booths. It is important for the college club members to have a positive attitude in working with the public because we represent Wilkes Community College. For example, it is important to remain calm and focused on a cold night when the line for coffee and hot chocolate seems endless. Club members must communicate and work together—that’s when you see a team emerge.”