Rotaract is an international organization of service clubs for men and women aged 18-30 that fosters leadership and responsible citizenship, encourages high ethical standards in business and promotes international understanding and peace.
Rotaract is a program of Rotary International. Rotaract Clubs work under the guidance of their local Rotary Club, and take their name from a combination of the words “Rotary” and “Action”.
The first Rotaract club was chartered on 13 March, 1968, in North Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S.A. Today there are nearly 6,554 Rotaract clubs in 146 countries with an estimated 150,000 members. Each year, Rotaractors from around the globe have the opportunity to meet and exchange ideas during a forum scheduled immediately prior to the annual Rotary Convention. Clubs draw members from the community or are organized as an extracurricular activity for college students.
Rotaract Clubs conduct formal meetings, usually every two weeks, which feature speakers, tours of local businesses, cultural activities, discussions, and visits to other clubs. Rotaractors utilize weekends for service project work, social events, and professional and leadership development workshops.
Every Rotaract Club is part of a district Rotaract organization, run by elected representatives with support from sponsoring Rotarians. The district organization plans regional conferences, develops regional projects, holds club leadership training programs, and sponsors special events to strengthen the bond among clubs.
Rotaract functions internationally through a committee of Rotaractors and Rotarians. This committee works with Rotary International to plan an annual day-long forum held prior to the Rotary international convention. This event offers Rotaractors from all over the world the chance to meet, discuss issues of mutual interest, and develop friendships based on international goodwill and understanding.
The goals of Rotaract:
* To develop professional and leadership skills.
* To emphasize respect for the rights of others, based on recognition of the worth of each individual.
* 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 goodwill to all people.