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From Trash To Treasure Hunt: Rotaract Cleans Up

Updated: Mar 20

The Rotaract Club of ASCC and the Rotaract Club of Pago Pago came together on Saturday March 16th to clean up Lions Park. Their service day was more than just picking up trash; it was a chance to bond as a club.

Group poses wearing red shirts.
Rotaract Club of ASCC looking spiffy in their red club shirts.

Rotaract of Pago Pago's Tiara Drabble and Rotaract of ASCC President Vanessa Covarrubias submitted the following report:

Around 30 members of the newly founded Rotaract Club of ASCC attended this past Saturday's Beach Clean Up. These young adults utilized their spring break to clean up the coastal area of the Pala Lagoon and Lyon’s Park. The group was led by advisors Ammon Fepulea'i and Kelley Tagarino. Kelley organizes regular coastal cleanups for Lyon’s Park on the first and third Saturdays of each month. Rotaract decided to join her efforts for their very first community project, and were met with huge success!

The group picked up trash from the airport fence area by the Pala Lagoon Swimming Pool, and worked their way down to the end of the park, by the Tafuna Correctional Facility. Cleanup supplies were provided by Kelley and generous sponsors. Following the cleanup, students were treated to food and drinks donated by the Rotary Club of Pago Pago and Rotaract Club of Pago Pago President Lui Lefiti.  Students enjoyed the rest of their morning in fellowship and enjoyed an exciting scavenger hunt activity organized by Club Vice President Athena Polu.

A list of scavenger hunt tasks
The Rotaract Scavenger Hunt was enjoyed by all!

Rotaract Club of ASCC President Vannesa Covarrubias shares, "The Rotaract Club of ASCC focuses on projects that will benefit the community and its people. However, this new club does not limit itself to external projects as we also make the individual Rotaractors projects, themselves. The Rotaractors of ASCC aim to learn how to develop and maintain leadership and professional skills that they will be able to apply to their daily lives. If we want our island to grow, we must first start with our own people."

The club's goal is to seize opportunities to serve their community and its people, in hopes of creating a better tomorrow. This event is only the beginning of many more club activities to come, as well as the various community service projects that they plan to conquer. The Rotaract Club of ASCC aims to exude Rotary's motto of “Service Above Self” and strives to serve the people of American Samoa.

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