|Rotaract was formed in 1968 by
Rotary in the USA and has now spread worldwide with over 160, 000 members in
more than 7,000 clubs across 151 countries. The organization is based on
small clubs which can vary in size from 15 to 50 members. Through community
and international service projects, Rotaractors help improve the lives of
the people around them. In so doing they develop leadership skills and
professional skills and establish a network of friends. Rotaract is
friendship in action.
The club basically revolves around the four main activities:
- Leadership Development
Rotaract builds leaders and leaders build strong clubs with effective
programs. Rotaract clubs organize communication and public speaking
- Community Service
Rotaract clubs are keen to help the community and we achieve this in
various ways. Each local club selects the projects it wants to support.
These can range from caring for the environment to helping the
- Professional Development
Rotaract clubs help their members make the most informed choices through
marketing and management seminars; conferences on business ethics;
vocational counseling and career planning programs; and business
- International Service
Because Rotaractors want to learn more about other cultures and do their
part to promote world peace and understanding, they undertake at least one
International Service project each year. Such activities take many forms.
Rotaractors raise money for international disaster relief programs; make
exchange visits from other Rotaract clubs; and volunteer their
professional skills in international development and assistance projects.
Not many social organizations span the globe,
benefiting not only their own local communities but the worldwide community.
Rotaract succeeds in doing this.
By Cyril Noirtin
From Rotaract web site