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The Rotaract Program,. ● What is the Rotaract program? ● How does a Rotary Club benefit from sponsoring a Rotaract Club? ● What are a Rotary Club's obligations.

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1 The Rotaract Program,

2 ● What is the Rotaract program? ● How does a Rotary Club benefit from sponsoring a Rotaract Club? ● What are a Rotary Club's obligations to a Rotaract Club? ● Tips for successfully building up a Rotaract Club ● Pitfalls to avoid ● Rotaractors making a difference

3 What is Rotaract? 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. Source: Standard Rotaract Club Constitution Article 2

4 What is Rotaract? The 5 goals of Rotaract: ● 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

5 What is Rotaract? The 5 goals of Rotaract: ● To provide opportunities for working in cooperation with sponsoring Rotary Clubs ● To motivate young people for eventual membership in Rotary Source: Standard Rotaract Club Constitution Article 2

6 Benefits of Rotaract ● Mentor dynamic young men and women  help shape the community's future  next generation of Rotarians ● Valuable partners-in-service  new ideas & alternate viewpoints  more help for your projects  access to younger networks

7 Benefits of Rotaract “Rotaractors are the enthusiasts who dare to try and explore. Rotarians are the practitioners of Rotary philosophy. By working together, they inspire each other and their horizons are broadened.” Florence Hui Rotary Club of Macau District 3450, Macau Former Rotaractor who joined Rotary in July 2005

8 Obligations to Rotaract ● Training  Incoming Rotaract Club officers must be provided with training by the district  Multidistrict training for DRREs ● Funding  chartering a club  club & district officer training  Rotaractors should fund everything else

9 Obligations to Rotaract ● Meetings The sponsoring club is encouraged to:  send a Rotarian to a Rotaract meeting once a month  invite Rotaractors on at least a quarterly basis to their meetings and events

10 Building a Rotaract Club ● Read the Rotaract Handbook (available from rotary.org downloads) ● Another good resource is the Extension Manual by Rotaract in Great Britain & Ireland (available from rotaract.org.uk) ● Visit other Rotaract Clubs ● Meet with your district's DRR and DCHR ● Source a suitable venue for club meetings

11 Building a Rotaract Club ● Identify potential Rotaractors (18 – 28 years)  Family members  Employees / work colleagues  Members of other associations  Any young adults you come across in day to day activities  Extended networks

12 Building a Rotaract Club ● Identify club leaders ● Start planning activities  Joint Rotary / Rotaract projects  Events of other Rotaract Clubs  Projects ideas through internet resources ● Help form their own identity  Club t-shirts, website etc

13 Pitfalls to Avoid “We don't sponsor a Rotaract Club because...” ● There aren't any colleges in our area ● We're busy enough with our other projects ● We're a small club fighting for our survival

14 Pitfalls to Avoid Relationship damagers: ● Treating Rotaractors as children ● Instructing / taking over rather than advising ● Expecting help / support from Rotaractors but not giving any in return

15 Pitfalls to Avoid “A comment we often hear from Rotarians is, 'We tried Rotaract and it failed. All the members coupled up and left or got other jobs and left at once.' It is the role of a responsible sponsoring Rotary club to help Rotaractors to constantly recruit new members. Without constant and consistent strong Rotary support, the Rotaract club will not survive for long.” Source: RGBI Rotaract FAQ for Rotarians

16 Rotaract in Action Sustainable Recycling Program Rotaract Club of Northern Caribbean University Promoting Recycling of Plastics Engaging community on and off campus Partnering with national agencies Promote the Rotaract Program

17 Rotaract in Action Park Clean Up Rotaract Blue Cayman Islands/ Rotary Central Promoting Environmental Awareness Addressing the needs of the community Partnering with sponsoring Rotary Club

18 Rotaract in Action ANNUAL INTER HOME SPELLING BEE COMPETITION Rotaract Club of Kingston Jamaica Fulfils Rotary Mandate of Promoting Literacy Excites children about learning and literacy 8 th Annual Staging of event (2010) Over 100 participants from children's homes and places of safety Corporate Jamaica funding partners

19 Rotaract in Action “Shaken Not Stirred” Rotaract Club of East Nassau/ Rotary Club of East Nassau Joint Fundraising Event Fully Coordinated effort of Rotaractors and Rotarians Over US$ 50,000 raised!!!! for Rotaract and Rotary projects

20 USEFUL RESOURCES ● ● ● The Rotaract Handbook

21 THANK YOU


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