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November 22, 2010

Turkey Trot benefits Rotary, HOPE

JACKSONVILLE — The Second Annual Turkey Trot 5K Fun Run was held on Saturday, beginning at the Lon Morris College Gym and following a route through the adjacent neighborhood and campus.  

Runners were challenged to keep up with Laquadiun Foreman of Palestine, who donned a turkey costume and set the pace.  

Sponsored by the college’s Rotaract Club, the run was held as an fundraiser for the Rotary Foundation.  

Additionally, canned goods were collected to benefit HOPE of Jacksonville.

“We’re the ‘young version’ of Rotary”, said Amanda Chessir, campus sponsor.  

On college campuses across the nation, Rotaract chapters concentrate on the principals of leadership, community service, ethics, professionalism, goodwill and international understanding.  Rotaract members are 18-30 years of age.

The Lon Morris Chapter boasts 24 members and is the only active Rotaract Chapter in Rotary’s District 5830.  

The presence of the Club on the Lon Morris Campus is obvious.  

On Tuesdays, Rotaract members encourage professional dress across the campus, with students donning business attire and encouraging the student body to do so as well.  

The Chapter also fields a 4 member “ethics panel” which discusses ethical behavior in athletics and in professional settings.   

“We’ll be having an etiquette dinner in the near future, it’s a way to reinforce proper conduct in professional situations,” added Chessir.

Locally, the Rotaract members helped the Jacksonville Rotary Club with their recent Pancake Supper and assisted the Chamber of Commerce Retail Committee with their Taste of Jacksonville event.   

They have also assisted with Habitat for Humanity projects in the region.

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