HISTORY – Who are we?
“Rotaract” stands for “Rotary in Action”, (although the name originally comes from a combination of “Rotary” and “Interact” (International + Action), the high school level program created by Rotary International in 1962), and has grown into a major Rotary-sponsored organization of over 9,539 clubs spread around the world and 219,397 members in about 170 countries and geographical areas.
Rotaract clubs are either community or university based, and they’re sponsored by a local Rotary club. This makes them true “partners in service” and key members of the family of Rotary.
What do WE do?
We are a service, leadership and community service organization for young men and women between the ages 18–30. Rotaract focuses on the development of young adults as leaders in their communities and workplaces. At the local level, Rotaract clubs hold meetings, approximately every two weeks, which feature speakers, discussions, and visits to other clubs. During these meetings Rotaractors identify how to aid the community in ways such as, hands-on service projects fun networking and social activities, professional development workshops and developing a network with young leaders.
Rotaractors around the world also take part in international service projects, in a global effort to bring peace and international understanding.
The purpose of Rotaract is:
– to provide an opportunity for young men and women to enhance the knowledge and skills that will assist them in personal and professional development,
– to address the various needs of their communities,
– to promote better relations between all people worldwide through a framework of friendship and service.
1. To develop professional and leadership skills;
2. To emphasize respect for the rights of others, and to promote ethical standards and the dignity of all beneficial occupations;
3. To provide opportunities for young people to address the needs and concerns of the community and our world;
4. To provide opportunities for working in cooperation with sponsoring Rotary clubs; and
5. To motivate young people for eventual membership in Rotary.