Rotaract is a unique international service organisation for people aged 18-30, offering a wide range of activities that will enable you to try something new, whilst having a great time and meeting others.
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 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.
The goals of Rotaract are:
- To develop professional and leadership skills;
- To emphasize respect for the rights of others, and to promote ethical standards and the dignity of all useful occupations;
- To provide opportunities for young people to address the needs and concerns of the community and our world;
- To provide opportunities for working in cooperation with sponsoring Rotary clubs; and
- To motivate young people for eventual membership in Rotary.
Originally founded in the United States in 1968, Rotaract came to the UK and Ireland in the early 1970s. There are just currently over 60 clubs in Great Britain and Ireland (GB&I), and more than 7,500 clubs across 155 countries worldwide.
History of Rotaract
Rotaract originally began as a Rotary International Youth Program in 1968 at Charlotte North Rotary Club in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA. Since that point Rotaract has grown into a major Rotary-sponsored organisation of over 9,500 clubs spread around the world boasting in excess of 200,000 members.
“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.
To be eligible for membership, prospective members must be 18–30 years of age and show that they are committed to Rotaract and helping in their community. After being approved by the club, prospective members are ‘inducted’ to become members, also known as ‘Rotaractors’.