Friday, April 18, 2014

What is a Rotaract Club? - Rtn. John Bruno

A Rotaract club is a Rotary sponsored club for 18-30 year-olds that fosters leadership and responsible citizenship, encourages high ethical standards in business, and promotes international peace and understanding.

How did Rotaract start?
• The first Rotaract club, the Rotaract club of the University of North Carolina, was founded on 13 March 1968.
in North Carolina.
• Today, there are more than 7300 Rotaract clubs in over 150 countries worldwide with around 1,45,000 members
• Rotaract clubs draw members from the community or are organized as an extracurricular activity for college students
What do Rotaract clubs do?
• Community Service Projects
• Professional Development Activities
• Leadership Development Activities

1. Community Service
 -Rotaract clubs participate in community service projects in an effort to improve the lives of the people around them.
 -Often Rotaractors partner with other Rotaract clubs to participate in international service projects.
 -Rotaractors not only have great ideas about how to help people in need, but together they have the power to make these ideas

 2. Leadership Development

 -A club’s leadership development activities not only aim to make members more effective leaders in their personal lives, but also
teach them how to develop and sustain strong clubs with relevant projects.
 -Improving public speaking skills
 -Techniques for marketing the Rotaract program to potential members.
 -Building consensus among members
 -Delegating project responsibilities & ensuring the necessary follow-up
 -Identifying channels for project publicity and promotion
 -Finding financial resources
 -Accessing project success

 3. Professional Development
 -Rotaract clubs’ professional development activities expand the members’ understanding of the work environment and business
opportunities within their community.
 -Sponsoring Rotarians can enhance the activities by providing practical advice on entering the business world and overcoming
business, vocational and professional challenges.

Why Join Rotaract?
 Today’s young people will become tomorrow’s professionals, parents, business leaders and community leaders.
With the help of programs like Rotaract, they can gain the tools necessary to develop into responsible, productive members of

 “The real benefit for me is that maybe one day I will leave the world slightly better off than how I found it, whether it is because I have volunteered, raised funds or just improved my own knowledge by listening to a speaker and being inspired.” ---Cindy LaGreca, Rotaract club of Chicago, IL, USA

 “The network of friendship, the fantastic possibilities to get involved with worldwide understanding, and the interesting and dedicated members I meet are the main reasons why I am a member of a Rotaract club.”
 -Oliver Lange, Rotaract club of Offenburg, Germany

Rotaract Club Meetings:
 The club shall meet at least twice a month.
 The board shall meet as per the bye laws at a time and place suited to their convenience.
 The sponsoring Rotary club shall designate one or more members of its club to attend Rotaract club’s meeting at least once a month.

Rotaract Club Fees:
 Any fees or dues on the membership of the club shall be nominal and shall be for the purpose of meeting administrative costs of the club.
 Funds for projects and activities undertaken shall be raised apart from fees & dues and placed into a separate account.
 A thorough audit by a qualified person shall be made once a year of all the club’s transactions.

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