What is Rotaract?
We are an international network of students and young professionals. We seek to cultivate relationships and leadership skills through volunteering in our community and communities around the world.
More speficially, Rotaract clubs are part of a global network of the largest service organization in the world. Our service efforts start at the community level but knows no limits in its outreach. Rotaractors have access to the many resources of Rotary International (RI) and The Rotary Foundation. The purpose of Rotaract is to provide an opportunity for young men and women (ages 18-30ish) to enhance the skills that will assist in personal development, to address the needs of their local communities, and to promote better relations between all people worldwide through international service.
If you are interested in helping the community, we create local projects and help with other non-governmental organizations. If you are interested in making new friends, our friendly members hold social events. If you are interested in professional development, we offer conferences and attend international conferences. If you are interested in opportunities to travel abroad, our international projects will take you all over the world to volunteer with other similar-minded Rotaractors from the world-wide Rotaract network. Rotaract will provide you with the chance to change the world!
Rotaract has the following goals:
- To develop professional and leadership skills
- To provide opportunities for personal and group activities to serve the community and promote international understanding and goodwill toward all people
- To recognize, practice, and promote ethical standards as leadership qualities and vocational responsibilities
- To develop knowledge and understanding of the needs, problems, and opportunities in the community and worldwide
Rotaract by the Numbers
- Rotaract Clubs in Our District 5040: 8
- Rotaract Clubs in Canada: 88
- Rotaract Clubs in the World: 9,723
- Countries/Geographic Areas with Rotaract Presence: 178
- Estimated Global Rotaract Membership: 308,000
* Data updated August 2015
How does Rotaract fit into the Rotary family?
Rotary International is a worldwide service organization for leading business and professional men and women, with more than 1.2 million members in over 31,000 Rotary clubs. Each Rotaract club is sponsored by a local Rotary club. This sponsorship is a result of Rotary’s belief that young people, or New Generations, should take an active interest in community life and have the opportunity for professional development.
The Rotaract program gives Rotarians the opportunity to mentor dynamic young women and men interested in providing service to their own communities as well as the global community. In turn, a Rotaract club can bring new energy to a Rotary club, inspire fresh ideas for service, increase support for projects, and help develop future Rotary club members. Rotaract clubs are self-governed and largely self-financed at the local level. Working in cooperation with their sponsoring Rotary clubs as partners in service, Rotaractors are an important part of Rotary’s extended family.
How does it work?
Most Rotaract activities take place at the club level. Rotaract clubs hold formal meetings every two weeks, which feature speakers, special outings, social activities, discussions or visits to other clubs. Club members get together on designated days for service project work, social events, or professional/leadership development workshops.
Rotaract has evolved quickly in its short but dynamic history. In the early 1960s, Rotary clubs around the world began to sponsor university youth groups as community service projects. The 1967-68 RI president, Luther H. Hodges, and the RI Board of Directors considered this club activity to have international relevance, and Rotaract was approved in 1968 as an official program for Rotary clubs. The first club chartered was the Rotaract Club of North Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, on 13 March 1968. Several decades later, the Rotaract program has grown into a strong, international network of 9,700 clubs in more than 170 countries and geographical areas. Rotaract’s 220,000 members are young men and women (ages 18 to 30) who serve the needs of their communities, widen their personal and professional contacts, and increase their understanding of the world.