Posted on Mar 11, 2019
 
Two Rotaract Presidents  - Two Rhodes Scholars!
 
The Rotaract Club of Mount Allison University has an impressive reputation for academic success.  Colin Robertson, Club president for the 2015/16 and 2016/2017 years was awarded a prestigious Rhodes scholarship in 2018.  Following closely behind, this year’s Rotaract president, Katherine Reiss, has been awarded a Rhodes Scholarship in 2019. 
 
Valued at more than $100,000, the Rhodes Scholarship is one of the oldest and most prestigious in the world, covering the cost of postgraduate studies at the University of Oxford in the U.K. There are only 11 students from across Canada selected to receive the award.
 
 
 
Both club presidents have long exposure to Rotary. Colin notes "I attended my first Rotary meeting when I was three years old," he laughs. "I'm actually a fourth-generation Sackville Rotary Club member." 
 
Katherine first became involved in the organization in high school as a volunteer with Interact, helping to run local events and fund raise for various causes such as Free the Children. Katherine remarks “I was fortunate to attend Rotary’s Adventures in Canadian Citizenship Program (Ottawa) while in high school. I remember thinking how inspiring it was to meet like-minded youth from across the country who were also passionate about initiating change and helping others,” she says. Katherine was a guest speaker at the Rotary District Conference for New Brunswick and Northern Maine, held in Bathurst, and attended the international convention in Toronto. 
 
Located in Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada (District 7810), the Mount Allison Club was chartered in 2007 and sponsored by the Rotary Club of Sackville, New Brunswick.
 
One of the projects the Mt. Allison club has underway is the weekly after-school program at Dorchester School. Dorchester is a small under-served rural school 15 km from the university campus. Robertson notes  "Dorchester is where we've done the most work over the past year. Even though it's just a few minutes away, the distance can make a real difference in getting student volunteers," The program is hugely successful with a waiting list of Dorchester school students.
 
The Rotaract club works with their partner Rotary club for the Dictionary4Life project. Illustrated dictionaries are provided to every Grade 3 student in the Sackville and Dorchester area.

 

Similar to the Rotary 4 Way test, selection of Rhodes Scholars is based on four guiding criteria’s: literary and scholastic attainments (academic excellence); energy to use one's talents to the full (as demonstrated by mastery in areas such as sports, music, debate, dance, theatre, and artistic pursuits, particularly where teamwork is involved); truth, courage, devotion to duty, sympathy for and protection of the weak, kindliness, unselfishness and fellowship; moral force of character and instincts to lead, and to take an interest in one's fellow beings.