By Mitchell Clarke
The Rotaract club of Casey/Cardinia has welcomed Campbell de Kretser as their new President during a changeover dinner on Saturday 13 July.
“It means a lot to me being inducted as President of Casey Cardinia Rotaract,” Mr de Kretser said.
“It shows me that my peers in the Rotaract Club believe that I can direct the club into continuing to be a positive influence within the local and wider community.”
The Rotaract club is a global organisation which empowers students and young people between the ages of 18-30, to create positive and lasting change in themselves, their local community and around the world.
There are currently over 70 Rotaract Clubs across Australia, with 10,904 clubs covering 184 countries worldwide.
Mr de Kretser was inspired to joined due to his bosses from a former job being Rotarians and their daughters also involved in the organisations.
“I got involved because they thought I would be suited to join,” he said.
“I joined once I saw how much good Rotaract could do within the larger global community.”
Graduating from Hillcrest Christian College in Clyde in 2015, Mr de Kretser studied a Bachelor of Environmental Science (Wildlife and Conservation Biology) at Deakin University.
He currently works as a tree planter and when he isn’t working with Rotaract, he’s at Maru Koala and Animal Park volunteering his time.
“Some of the projects that we as a Rotaract Club are passionate about within the local community is the ANZAC day BBQ, Australia Day at Pioneer Park and Holland Festival, which we assist some of the Rotary Club’s in running,” he said.
“We are also hoping to partake in a working bee to help with the bushfires by rebuilding fences from the Bunyip bushfires.”
The Rotaract Club currently has 20 members and is always looking for people to join the club, with meetings held every first and third Thursday of the month at Casey Youth Hub in Narre Warren from 7.30pm.
“Our ideal person is anyone hoping to make a difference in the world, hoping to make some new friends and to be a part of something larger than themselves.”