September 12, 2006 the Rotaract Club of Carl Albert State College was established in Poteau.
The Rotary Club of Poteau, in partnership with Carl Albert State College, officially established theRotaract Club of Carl Albert State College – Poteau on September 12, 2006. The new club started with 17 members, including Katie Balagbagan, President; Britney Barcheers, President Elect; Juanita James, Secretary; Eric Burwell, Treasurer; and Amanda Frier, Director. Advisors to the club are Scott Webster, Past President of Poteau Rotary, Poteau Rotary Advisor; Alexandria Baker, Faculty Advisor; and Dawn Webster, Campus Advisor.
The inaugural reception, hosted by Poteau Rotary, was held November 27 at the College Student Center. District 6110 Governor, Peggy George, and Jerry Huff, Assistant Governor serving the Poteau Club, participated in the charter ceremony. Several campus faculty members also attended.
The vision for organizing the Poteau Rotaract Club originated in July of 2004 when Scott Webster was Poteau Rotary President. The club received its official charter after nearly two years of planning and many meetings with the Campus’s Business Department. Members of the new club were primarily recruited through the college’s on-site Club Fair (staffed by the Rotary Advisor and the Campus Advisor) and then by word of mouth.
The new club has worked in conjunction with Poteau Rotary on many functions, including their annual Family Fun Fest and their county Dictionary Project. In addition, the club has held numerous fund raisers and is initiating a citywide Adopt-a-Roadway Program in which they will assign trash pick-up areas, train on safety procedures, and keep track of clean-up requirements. In the future they plan to visit the Heifer International farm in Arkansas with the possibility of donating funds to the project and fulfilling work assignments. They also plan to attend the National Rotaract Convention this summer. According to Scott, the key to a successful Rotaract Club is having dedicated advisors from both the local Rotary Club and the college campus who work closely with the new club members.
Addition of the Poteau Rotaract Club brings the total number of clubs in District 6110 to six, including Cottey College in Nevada, MO., ASU –Mountain Home Rotaract in Mountain Home, AR, NE State University Rotaract in Tahlequah, OK, Pittsburg Sate University in Pittsburg, KS, and Tulsa University Rotaract in Tulsa, OK.