Friday, February 24th was our long awaited speed-mentoring activity. This activity was to connect Rotaractors with Rotarians and help us get to know them, learn more about Rotary, and expand our professional networks.
We met at 6:00 PM in the HWAC at Westminster and had some great food, provided by members of our Rotaract Club. There were lemon squares, oreo balls, wrapped sausages (which I call piggies in a blanket), cookies, rootbeer, and more! It was all delicious!
We had each of the Rotarians split up and sit at one of 6 different tables. We then all picked tables and commenced in a speed-dating type setup where we asked the Rotarians questions for an allotted amount of time and then rotated when the time was up. That way we all had the opportunity to ask each of the Rotarians questions about their profession and how to be successful. Some of the questions that were provided were:
-What are the best/worst parts about your occupation?
-What mistakes have you learned from?
-How long have you been in your profession?
-How did you get involved with Rotary?
-How did you decide on your profession?
-What did you want to be when you were 5?
-What’s your favorite thing to do to relax?
-What was your most embarrassing moment?
-What would you buy if you won the lottery?
-What is something unique about you?
-What is one skill I should have in order to excel in the ‘real world?’
We were not restricted to these questions, of course, but they certainly helped to start off some great conversations. Among the Rotarians present we had representatives from all types of professions. There were a few engineers, financial advisors, teachers of various sorts, a nurse, a real estate agent, a dermatologist, and a few others. They were all amazing and have had such successful careers! It was great to have the opportunity to get to know each of these Rotarians from the Sugarhouse and Millcreek Rotary Clubs so well. I feel much closer to them as an individual and as a club, and I’m sure many other Rotaractors feel the same.
We all had a blast, and I learned that the Rotarians have a fantastic sense of humor. They were more than willing to answer questions about their mistakes, embarrassing moments, and the fun questions like what they would buy if they won $6 million in the lottery. It was an amazing, rare opportunity to get to hear the wisdom of so many happy, successful people who are great humanitarians as well as great professionals. I’m so glad I was able to attend this speed-mentoring activity and I’m sure I speak for all of us Rotaractors when I say I hope we do something like this again soon!
Westminster Rotaract Secretary