About Rotaract

WHAT IS ROTARACT?

Rotaract is a service organisation for young adults between the ages of 18 to 30. A Rotaract Club is more than just a community service club. Rotaract clubs are part of a global effort to bring peace and international understanding to the world. This effort starts at the community
level but knows no limits in its outreach. Through community and international service projects, Rotaractors help improve the lives of
the people around them. In so doing they develop skills of management and organisation. They also learn teamwork and establish a network of peers and friends. Although each Rotaract Club has a sponsoring Rotary Club(s), the Rotaract members are responsible for organising themselves and developing their own projects and activities.
Rotaractors have access to the many resources of Rotary International (RI) and The Rotary Foundation. Rotary International provides the administrative support that helps Rotaract Clubs thrive. One of the most exciting aspects of Rotaract is the opportunity to meet new friends and
acquaintances in your own locality, across the state and even worldwide. No matter what type of activity Rotaract members involve themselves in, whether it be working together to serve the needs of their communities, widen their personal and professional contacts, or a purely social event, we always make it enjoyable. So what is Rotaract? Helping others, helping yourself and having fun!
* Rotaractors cease to be active members on the 30 June of the Rotaract year in which they turn 30 years old


THE HISTORY OF ROTARACT

Rotaract was founded in 1968 by Rotary International, a worldwide association of serviceminded business and professional leaders. Today there are more than 7300 Rotary sponsored Rotaract clubs in some 150 countries around the world, with over 145 000 members. The first Rotaract club was chartered on 14 March 1968 as “The Rotaract Club of University of Charlotte North Carolina” (USA), which began with 16 male members. Before long, clubs were being established in other countries, and only three months later – on June 14th, 1968 – the first charter granted in Australia was presented to “The Rotaract Club of Brisbane West”. This is now the longest continuously operating club in the world. From the outset, Rotaract was open to female membership and 1969 saw the first female Rotaract President at “The Rotaract Club of Newtown”.
Rotaract Districts are organised along the same lines as the Rotary International District. RI has laid down a Standard Rotaract Club Constitution, Standard Rotaract Club By-laws and Rotaract Statement of Policy to ensure that Rotaract Clubs and Districts have clear and consistent guidelines. These lay the foundation of the relationship between Rotary and Rotaract and cannot be changed except by approval of the Rotary International Board of Directors.

PURPOSE AND GOALS OF ROTARACT

Any group who intends to make a worthwhile contribution or achievement must begin with an idea or goal.
The purpose of a Rotaract Club is to provide young men and women with an opportunity to enhance the knowledge and skills that will assist them in personal development, to address the physical and social needs of their communities and to promote better relations between all people worldwide through a framework of friendship and service.
Rotaract has the following goals:
• To develop professional and leadership skills
• To emphasize respect for the rights of others
• To recognize the dignity and value of all useful occupations as opportunities to serve
• 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
• To provide opportunities for personal and group activities to serve the community and promote international understanding and good will toward all people
These goals can be used as a checklist for the individual, and also for the Club, to make an
outgoing evaluation about how effective Rotaract is in achieving its aims.