Rotaract Club of Kutztown


1982 saw the start of an effort by the Kutztown Rotary Club to organize a university based Rotaract Club at Kutztown University. This effort finally was successful March 26, 2004, when Tom Turner formed a partnership between Kutztown Rotary Club and the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity. The fraternity assists the Kutztown Rotary Club with its service projects such as the dog show, Flatworks Art Show, minigolf, and the Potato Project, while the Rotary Club assists the fraternity with its project such as its North American Food Drive and Ms. Kutztown Pageant for Breast Cancer. It is a great relationship. Both groups have increased their level of community service since working together. It is a perfect model of what a Rotaract Club can be.

17th Annual Ms. Kutztown Pageant

March 28, 2014

Benefiting The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation

On March 26, six girls competed in the Miss Kutztown pageant run by the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. These girls from different sororities and clubs shared their beauty and talents with the campus. The winner was sophomore Heather Zaborowski, a communication design major.

The show opened with the summer wear round. All six girls sported some sort of swimsuit or beach wear including cover-ups, shoes and sunglasses. The girls walked down the isles, escorted by dates, and then onto the stage to strut across to a song of their choice. Zaborowski came across last but was the most memorable. She gave off a stunning mermaid vibe with her long wavy blonde hair and a light blue shimmering wrap-around skirt.

Miss KU 2014 Miss KU Court 2014

Miss KU 2014, Heather Zaborowski
Kassidy Rineer, The Keystone

Miss KU 2014 contestants
Kassidy Rineer, The Keystone

At the end of the first round, the audience was reminded of the real reason for the event: to fundraise for the Susan G. Komen foundation, which raises money for breast cancer research.

Mike Furey and Robert Matthews, both members of Lambda Chi Alpha, gave personal speeches on loved ones who have suffered from breast cancer. When Furey asked the audience if anyone has known someone who was diagnosed with cancer, almost every hand was raised.

“The fight isn’t over until no woman has to fear her body,” said Furey.

The pageant continued with the talent portion. Amanda Austin did a highly energized Zumba dance with a friend. Miranda Beatty blindfolded herself and painted a basketball onto a brave friend’s face. Jen Hershey sang Norah Jones’s “Don’t Know Why” and Tasha Lynette Harwick lip-synced to Barlowgirl’s “Mirror” using a handheld mirror as a prop to add interest. Kaley Miller, the runner-up in the competition, came on stage in the dark with three glowing globes and a glowing hula-hoop. She juggled a hula hoop in the dark as her props lit up. Finally, Zaborowski did a comedy act where she pretended to draw people in the audience. The pictures turned out to be humorous, unrelated caricatures.

In the third and final round, each girl came out in a beautiful formal gown and stood in line as each was asked a question that could make or break their scores. Austin wore a bright fuchsia backless dress with sparkles lining the straps around the front and top. Beatty wore a genuine light pink strapless gown with a floral texture that sparkled slightly as she moved. Harwick wore a single-shoulder strap red dress with a slit up her leg giving it a high-low effect. Hershey wore a strapless dress with a black bandeau top and a black and white tribal print skirt. Miller wore a strapless silver dress that shimmered as she moved. She included red accents in her hairband and shoes. Zaborowski came on last and brought back her beachy mermaid style with a unique light floral patterned dress including sparkles around the straps and waist.

Before Zaborowski was announced the winner, it was declared that the grand total raised for the Susan G. Komen foundation was $681.50.

After she was crowned, Zaborowski said, “I’m happy to be a part of a good fundraiser and to raise money for a great cause.”

Lambda Chi Alpha, the Kutztown University Rotaract Club, raises a similar amount of money for Breast Cancer in May when they participate in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Philadelphia. This will be the second year they have participated the The Race for the Cure.

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Race for the Cure - May 14

The Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity is recruiting members for KU's team to participate this spring in The Race for the Cure in Philadelphia on Sunday, May 14. This event raises money for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. It is Lambda Chi Alpha´s second year working for the cause.

Kevin Reimer, a senior Criminal Justice major and active member of Lambda Chi Alpha, said, "I´ve always been involved in community service." He explained, however, that by getting involved with a fraternity event, things can be accomplished on a much larger scale.

"We have done the Miss KU pageant for 10 years now and its proceeds have always gone toward breast cancer. However, for the past three years, money has been donated to the Komen Foundation," said Reimer. "We decided to further our relationship with the [Komen Foundation] in Philadelphia."

In a phone interview Tuesday Sean McLaughlin, a 2003 Telecommunications/Speech Communication graduate and member of Lambda Chi Alpha, said a speaker at last year´s Miss KU Pageant mentioned the Race for the Cure and encouraged him to start a team from KU.

Last year, KU´s team of 38 participants was formed quickly and was able to raise $1,507.

McLaughlin is the captain of KU´s team this year and said they have raised $230 so far. He said that he´d like to see this as an annual event for KU students because he considers it as a "great team building event."

Registered as "Team Kutztown," this year´s members will walk 5K, run 5K or walk one mile. McLaughlin said any student can join the team via online registration up until May 1. Students can get involved or donate money at the event´s official website Interested parties may even register at the event on May 14.

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North American Food Drive

"Brothers Feeding Others"

Since 1993, Lambda Chi Alpha has been coordinating an international philanthropy project that has now raised more than 28 million pounds of food for the needy across North America. Called the Lambda Chi Alpha North American Food Drive, this annual event is arguably the largest single-day philanthropic project sponsored by a collegiate organization. On November 4, 2006, Lambda Chi Alpha collected almost 2,564,846 pounds of food with approximately 100 chapters and colonies participating. Among all chapters, Kutztown ranks 7th with a total of 101,760 pounds, 4 times the national average. "Brothers Feeding Others" is more than a slogan. Kutztown Rotary has partnered with their Rotaract Club on this project.

In 2005, the Kutztown Chapter collected 126,000 pounds of food which ranked 8th among all chapters.

In 2012 Lambda Chi Alpha held a Pumpkin Bust to raise funds for the North American Food Drive. The money raised was donated to the Berks County Food Bank.

Pumpkin Bust

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Lambda Chi Alpha Scholarship

In April 2004, the Alumni Association of Lambda Chi Alpha awarded the first, of hopefully many, scholarships to one deserving active brother. The Alumni Board has worked very hard, electing a scholarship committee to carry out the duties necessary to make this scholarship a success. The committee has worked closely with the Kutztown University Foundation to help this scholarship get off the ground. Donations have been collected from alumni in order to fund the scholarship. We are happy to announce, we are very close to our goal of $1,000 for this years scholarship award. Thanks to all the alumni, whose donations have helped make this possible. In the future, the Scholarship Committee hopes to develop and use an interactive website for alumni to utilize as a way to donate via the internet. If you have any questions, suggestions or would like to know how you can donate, please contact Mike Kelly (Scholarship Committee Chairman) at: The Scholarship Committee would like to thank you all in advance for helping to make this scholarship a continued success.

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About Lambda Chi Alpha

Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity is the oldest fraternity on the Kutztown University campus. Lambda Chi Alpha is built on numerous traditions and is one of the largest international fraternities in the world. A non-profit organization dedicated to the development of leadership both on campus and in the community, Lambda Chi Alpha is currently in close association with Concern, a non-profit organization that aids abused and handicapped children in foster homes. They are also involved with the AIDS Quilt from Philadelphia and the MS Walk. Lambda Chi Alpha also sponsors a scholarship through the university for undergraduate and graduate students and is involved in on-campus activities with members holding many leadership positions in student organizations. Lambda Chi Alpha prides itself on the diversity of its membership, and its sound moral standing. Lambda Chi Alpha... trendsetters since 1909.

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What is Rotaract?

Rotaract is a Rotary-sponsored service club for young men and women ages 18 to 30. Rotaract clubs are usually community-based or university-based and are sponsored by a local Rotary club making them true "partners in service" and key members of the Rotary family.

Through the Rotaract program, young adults not only augment their knowledge and skills, but they also address the physical and social needs of their communities while promoting international understanding and peace through a framework of friendship and service.

All Rotaract efforts begin at the local grassroots level and Rotaract clubs have access to many of the resources of Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation.

As one of the most significant and fastest-growing programs of Rotary service, with more than 8,000 Rotaract clubs in some 155 countries and geographic areas, Rotaract has become a worldwide phenomenon.

Rotaract, Rotary International's service club program for young adults ages 18-30, was officially inaugurated during January 1968 under RI President Luther Hodges. On 13 March 1968, the Rotaract Club of the University of North Carolina, sponsored by the Rotary Club of North Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, was the first Rotaract club to receive its official charter.

By 1981, Rotaract was so popular that Rotaractors in South Africa decided to host the first INTEROTA conference, an international meeting for all Rotaractors. Subsequent conferences have been held every three years. To date, INTEROTA conferences have been hosted by Rotaractors in South Africa, Australia, England, Turkey, Mexico, and Brazil. The next conference is set for Munich, Germany, in 2005. International meetings for Rotaractors are also held every year at the Rotaract Preconvention Meeting that precedes Rotary's annual convention. The first such meeting was held in Seoul, Korea, in 1989, with more than 450 Rotaractors in attendance.

Today, Rotaract continues to experience phenomenal growth. There are currently more than 7,600 Rotaract clubs in more than 158 countries, with an estimated membership of more than 176,000 Rotaractors. As the program continues to grow, Rotaractors repeatedly show that they are prepared for "Fellowship Through Service."

Rotaract Motto: Fellowship Through Service

The Goals of Rotaract

Rotaract has the following goals:

  • To develop professional and leadership skills.
  • To emphasize respect for the rights of others, based on recognition of the worth of each individual.
  • To recognize the dignity and value of all useful occupations as opportunities to serve.
  • To recognize, practice, and promote ethical standards as leadership qualities and vocational responsibilities.
  • To develop knowledge and understanding of the needs, problems, and opportunities in the community and worldwide.
  • To provide opportunities for personal and group activities to serve the community and promote international understanding and goodwill toward all people.

Downloadable Rotaract Material 

Links Relating to the KU Rotaract Club

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