Rotaract Club of Greater Fremont
| Rotaract Club of Greater Fremont |
|Location||Fremont, Newark, Union City in California, USA|
|Charter Date||May 3, 2011|
|Current President||Charmaine Escober|
|Meeting Times||Every Wednesday at 7 PM|
|Sponsoring Club(s)||Rotary Club of Fremont, Rotary Club of Fremont Warm Springs Sunrise, Rotary Club of Fremont Union City Newark, Rotary Club of Mission San Jose, Rotary Club of Newark, Rotary Club of Niles (Fremont)|
The Rotaract Club of Greater Fremont (California, United States; District 5170, Area 3) was first founded on March 2, 2011 by Mitty Chang. After a series of successful interest meetings, the club became chartered two months later on May 3, 2011. The Rotaract Club of Greater Fremont is currently sponsored by all six Rotary Clubs in Area 3 of District 5170: the Rotary Club of Fremont Warm Springs Sunrise, the Rotary Club of Niles (Fremont), the Rotary Club of Newark, the Rotary Club of Fremont, Union City, and Newark (F.U.N), the Rotary Club of Fremont, and the Rotary Club of Mission San Jose.
- 1 Current term: 2014-15 Board of Directors
- 2 Club History
- 3 2013-2014 Board of Directors
- 4 2012-2013 Board of Directors
- 5 2011-2012 Board of Directors
- 6 Photos
Current term: 2014-15 Board of Directors
President: Charmaine Escober
Vice Presidents of Service: n/a
Vice Presidents of Professional Development: Shon Bhagat & Collin Breen
Vice Presidents of Finance: Kimberly Fuentes & Shreya Jani
Director of Membership: Yessenia Palomino
Secretary: Vanessa Nguyen
Immediate Past President: Kendrick Gatmaitan
Pre-Chartering & Club Chartering
The first interest meeting for a Rotaract Club in the Fremont, Union City, and Newark area was held on Wednesday, March 2, 2011 at the Panera Bread at Pacific Commons in Fremont, California, USA. Organized by Mitty Chang, the meeting had 19 attendees, including four Rotarians. The interest group agreed to meet weekly on Wednesdays at 7 PM, the time the first interest meeting was held. The group moved from location to location until it finally found its first home at the Fremont YMCA at 41811 Blacow Rd. in Fremont.
During about the same time, the interest group had applied for its official chartering with Rotary International only eight (8) weeks after first meeting. On May 1st, the group had received its official charter from Rotary International, officiating their club as an official Rotaract Club. This charter included the four (4) Rotary Clubs that had initially agreed to sponsor and support the Rotaract Club. Those clubs listed officially on the original charter are: Rotary Club of Fremont, Rotary Club of Fremont Warm Springs Sunrise, Rotary Club of Newark, and Rotary Club of Niles (Fremont). Out of the tri-city area of Fremont, Newark, and Union City (also known as Rotary Area 3 of District 5170), these were four (4) out of six (6) total Rotary clubs in the area. Shortly after the charter was received, the two (2) other clubs, Rotary Club of Mission San Jose and Rotary Club of Fremont, Union City, Newark also joined in becoming sponsoring clubs.
In June 2011, an official "Charter Night" was held at Rotarian Tony Boudames's house in Fremont to celebrate the formation of a Rotaract Club in the tri-city area.
The club's Charter Night was held on June 22, 2011.
2013-2014 Board of Directors
President: Kendrick Gatmaitan
Vice Presidents of Service: Betty Chan & Charmaine Escober
Vice Presidents of Professional Development: Shon Bhagat & Eakta Malik
Vice Presidents of Finance: Shreya Jani & Sam Nagar
Directors of Membership: Mitty Chang & Kevin Doan
Secretary: Christine Dizon
2012-2013 Board of Directors
President: Yvonne Kwan
Vice President of Service: Shreya Jani
Vice President of Professional Development: Victoria Lau
Vice Presidents of Finance: Paul-Kendrick Gatmaitan & Kenneth Oku
Directors of Membership: Matt Bogue & Chris Grovers
Directors of Marketing: n/a
Secretaries: Christine Luong & Lianne Woo
Historian: Shon Bhagat
International Project: Child AIDS Prevention (CAP)
In the 2012-13 Rotary year, the Rotaract District Council of District 5170 decided to adopt Child AIDS Prevention (CAP), a division of the Los Altos Rotary AIDS Project, as their international project. With a goal of eliminating pediatric AIDS in Africa, The Child AIDS Prevention (CAP) project is designed to encourage Rotarians to work together to raise funds for:
- Education and training
- HIV testing
- Life-saving drugs
The Rotaract Club of Greater Fremont raised over $2,000 to donate to CAP during the 2012-13 Rotary year.
On the evening of March 28, 2013, the Rotaract Club of Greater Fremont held its biggest fundraiser for CAP at Federico's, a Spanish tapas and wine bar owned by Niles Rotarians Kiko and Rico Rodriguez. With the generosity of Kiko and Rico, the club was able to collect all of the proceeds from the bar to donate to CAP. In addition, they also held a fundraiser, where they raffled off a Golden State Warriors jersey autographed by Stephen Curry along with various other prizes. They raised over $1,500 from this fundraiser.
2011-2012 Board of Directors
President: Mitty Chang
Vice Presidents of Service: Eakta Malik & Elisa Chan
Vice Presidents of Professional Development: Anna Dai & Alex Huang
Vice Presidents of Finance: Juliana Cazac & Jing Zhang
Directors of Membership: Cedric Dizon & Yvonne Kwan
Directors of Marketing: Jaime Liu & SooIn Nam
Secretaries: Matt Bogue & Chris Grovers
Historian: Tristan Paule
Events of 2011-2012
Long-Term Partnership with Graham Elementary School
In August 2011, the Rotaract Club of Greater Fremont decided to focus on making a local impact through education. As a result, they decided to adopt Graham Elementary School, a Title I school in Newark, CA. Since their adoption, they have held fundraisers (most notably #Gatsby Swing), established after-school tutoring, music, and choir programs, and renovated the campus.
Held on December 10, 2011 at the Hilton in Newark, Gatsby Swing was the Rotaract Club of Greater Fremont's first charity dinner fundraiser and also their biggest fundraiser to date. They raised over $3,700 for Graham Elementary, which has helped to fund various campus beautification projects as well as after-school programs.