Rotaract Helsinki is updating to new website

Hey you all! We are currently building a new webpage to us. Here you can find our contact information and some old blog posts about our previous events and meetings and all the other happenings.

About our meeting dates, you can find them on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/RotaractHelsinki/ .

See you again when we publish our new website!

Bowling with the Rotaract Club of Espoo

Last week our club had a fun meeting with the recently founded Rotaract club of Espoo. The Rotaract Club of Espoo was founded last year and now we finally had the chance to to get to know each other! We met for a match of bowling in Kallio. What better way to chat and connect than having a fun meeting? It was a blast and we hope to meet again in the near future!

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First meeting of the year

We hope you had a great holiday and a good start into the new year. Our first meeting of the year will be held on January 10th at 17.30 at our regular meeting place at Vilhonvuorenkatu 12, 00500 Helsinki.

On the agenda we have a presentation of one of our club members who will talk about her year without buying any clothes. Additionally we will go through the upcoming events this spring such as our coming projects, the activities with the Espoo club, the board election meeting and the responsibilities and planning of the restaurant day.

We hope to see you at the next meeting!

Project Pitching Competition

Every year the Rotaract Club is doing a few big projects along smaller ones. In a big group it’s always difficult to find a project everybody agrees on and is passionate about. This is why we decided to mix things up this year by organizing a project pitching competition. Our club members were asked to prepare a project proposal. As this is not the easiest thing to do, one of our club members walked us through the steps to develop a project pitch:

  • STEP 1: Identifying the need – A beginning for every project is a need. To start off, spend several days or even weeks understanding what need would you want to address. What are you frustrated about? What current happening in the society worry you? What ignites your passion? Go through these things, read the news, research, note down your personal aspirations. And outline clearly what need in this world, our club or yourself, you would want to address.
  • STEP 2: In 3-4 sentences, clearly write what need you want to address, who is in this need and what you know about the current situation in this area.
  • STEP 3: After you have identified the need, think how we could solve or provide for this issue. What do the people/organizations involved need? Is it time, action, support, guidance, money? How could we provide that? Is it a long term project or a one-time thing? Once you have an idea of the approach, write it down in 3-4 sentences – what we should do, who else should be involved, how can we provide what is needed.
  • STEP 4: After you have outlined a potential solution, think of how exactly the people involved in the case, the people or organizations with the need will benefit from this possible solution! Clearly write the benefits in 3-4 sentences.

The meeting day to pitch the projects approached and we were all excited to see what everybody came up with. Each club member who attended, presented their project idea in 3 minutes, no projector, only a short talk about the project. In addition we had project ideas from two our members who were not able to attend. They submitted their ideas beforehand so our club president Jasmin was able to present them in their name.

In total we ended up with 12 project ideas alone from our club members. We also read through the project ideas from our new members event and added those to the project list.

Each member than hat the opportunity to vote for three projects. As there were a few members not attending, we decided to go through a second round of voting in our Facebook member group. This way members who were not at the meeting could still ne involved by reading through the ideas and vote for their top 3 ideas within the next 10 days. We announced the project with the most votes at the next meeting.

The projects with the most votes were:

  • Rotaract Challenge against too much fashion  – 8
  • Octpussies for prematurly born babies  – 7
  • Youth & Career  – 6
  • Bringing people together with food  – 6
  • Together against Loneliness – 6

We decided to start working on the „ Rotaract Challenge against too much fashion“ right away. We will introduce the project with another blogpost and additionally make sure to update the status on the project regularly.

Meeting November 1st

Our next meeting is today November 1st at 17.30 at our regular meeting place at Vilhonvuorenkatu 12, 00500 Helsinki.

On the agenda is announcing the winners of our pitching competition and of course we will start planning those projects!

See you tonight!

Nordact 2017

On 13th – 17th October few of our club members joined with almost 200 other Rotaractors to attend Nordact Conference. This time it was arranged by Norwegians and first time it was arranged on a cruise ship! On Friday morning 13th October we traveled from Helsinki to Copenhagen where we took a cruise ship to Oslo Norway, we spent a day in Oslo down town and then cruised back to Copenhagen.

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Boarding

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Friday evening welcome event

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ARRR Pirate party about to start

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The most exciting part of the weekend: NORDIC CHALLENGE

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Sight seeing in Oslo

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Tour at the beautiful Oslo city hall

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And the Saturday evening ended with a gala dinner and afterparty!

Open House event at Ølhus Oslo 4th October

On the 4th of October we had Rotaract Helsinki Open House -event that was held in Ølhus Oslo. We had 12 new people visiting the event from various nationalities as well as two Rotarians, one from Pasila Rotary club and other one from Vihti.  And  of course 6 of our current members.

During the event we had speed dating to break the ice and learn about our favourite places in Helsinki as well as our knowledge about the organization. According to feedback speed dating was a hit and we are definitely going to do this next year as well. Further our president Jasmin gave short introduction about the organization and Rotaract Helsinki club. Last we had short brainstorming workshop about projects that could be done in Helsinki. The workshop was an introduction to next meeting on Wednesday 18th when we have a project pitching competition.

We want to thank every one for participating and Ølhus Oslo staff of helping us to organise the event. We welcome everyone to join our meeting on the 18th of October in Vilhovuorenkatu 12, Helsinki at 17.30.

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