Milonee Shah, from Sydney has been helping at the NYSF District Selections recently.
“Over the past three years, I have organised and been a guest panelist on the selection committee for the Rotary Sydney District of the NYSF and it has been a very rewarding experience.
“The involvement of alumni on NYSF selection panels has been an increasing trend over the past few years in some areas. Alumni have a personal and relevant understanding of how a student might benefit most from attending the NYSF, and how they might give back to the NYSF community. They also have special insights that can be very valuable for the Rotarians in their consideration of applicants, irrespective of how long ago the alumni attended the program. In my experience, the Rotarians are incredibly grateful for that support, and these connections have led me on to other exciting opportunities enabled through Rotary.
“In 2014, our selection day saw 70 students interviewed, and we were fortunate to have about 15-20 NYSF alumni assist as volunteers through the day.
“As well as being helpful for the selection committee, the alumni also benefit from the engagement … it lets alumni meet others who attended in different sessions and different years, allowing for reconnection with old friends, and new connections to be made. But most importantly, it allows alumni to give back to the organisation and program that has done so much for them.
I encourage all alumni to get involved in their local area
“I am very excited to be a part of this growing trend of returning alumni panelists and I encourage all alumni to get involved in their local area. It’s such a rewarding experience and I guarantee you’ll enjoy it thoroughly!”
If you are an alumni and would like to be involved in your local selections for the NYSF, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to get the details of your local District Chair.