Saint Martin’s students form Rotaract service club

April 4, 2011

LACEY, WASHINGTON — Saint Martin’s University students have formed a Rotaract club to serve the Olympia area. The organization is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Lacey and the Rotary Club of Olympia.

The Saint Martin’s organization is one of more than 8,200 clubs composed of young men and women in about 170 locations worldwide. Through their activities, the clubs complete service projects and address needs in their local communities, as well as promote international understanding, says Kimberly Vivian, the University’s Rotaract president.

“Our club plans to be a true partner in service with our local Rotary clubs,” Vivian explains. “We will focus on three areas: professional development, service and camaraderie.”

Vivian says the new group has begun planning several volunteer activities and projects. On Saturday, April 2, members assisted with the “Cure for the Kids” 5k run/walk benefitting Seattle Children’s Hospital, held on Saint Martin’s Lacey campus. This spring, the group will be volunteering at the Boys and Girls Club.

Saint Martin’s Rotaract is currently organizing a silent auction to benefit a Certified Public Accountant and Chartered Financial Analyst preparation program that helps individuals successfully prepare for their exams. Also planned is Networking Night, an event that will pair Saint Martin’s students with Rotary members who are leaders and employers in the students’ major of study.

For more information, please contact Vivian at or the club’s faculty advisor, Riley Moore, Ph.D., associate professor of business and economics, at 360-438-4511 at

Saint Martin’s University is an independent four-year, Catholic, coeducational university located on a 380-acre wooded campus in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 18 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 21 majors and six graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes 1,250 students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its main campus, and 650 more to its extension campuses located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Everett College, Centralia College and Tacoma Community College. Visit the Saint Martin’s University website at

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Jennifer Fellinger
Vice President, Marketing and Communications
Saint Martin’s University