Keston Fulcher
“Service Above Self” aptly describes the James Madison University Rotaract Club. With over 40 active members, the club has contributed substantially to service projects locally and abroad. In Harrisonburg, club members:
 Read to at risk kindergartners and first graders through Project Read
 Volunteer at the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) and,
 Participate in ARC of Harrisonburg canteen dances
Globally, they have contributed to Rotary’s effort to eradicate polio. In addition, they have raised funds to support the Well of Hope. This project helps Kenyan widows and their children rise out of utter poverty through better housing and land.
Not coincidentally, JMU Rotaract’s projects are shared with their host Rotary Club (Harrisonburg), elevating Rotary’s local impact. The two clubs have also worked hand in hand with JMU. For example, on February 28 Rotarians will conduct mock interviews with Rotaractors with the support of JMU’s Career and Academic Planning office and the Center for Assessment and Research Studies. Further, JMU, Rotarians, and Rotaractors are working collaboratively to promote ethical reasoning at the upcoming district conference.
Such success is not possible without great leadership. Devon Paysour, a JMU senior engineering major, assumed the Rotaract President position after three years involvement with the club. For prospective members she states, “If you are looking to better the community and for friends to volunteer with, Rotaract is a great place to be. We encourage our members to express their interests so we can search for service opportunities that fit everyone’s passions” Senior, kinesiology major, and Past Rotaract President Patrick O’Neil has assumed another position: Rotaract District Representative. In this role Patrick endeavors to build relationships among the district’s Rotaract clubs, facilitate district level strategizing, and help start a new Rotaract club.
Beyond graduation, both Devon and Patrick have one plan in common: Joining a Rotary club. Given the leadership skills and dispositions they have developed in Rotaract, any Rotary club would be lucky to have them. In the meantime they will continue leading Rotaract activities, and making the Harrisonburg club and JMU proud.