2The Vision Every Rotary club in district 7890 sponsors a dynamic Rotaract club
3The MissionTo engage young men, and women ages 18 to 30 In service, leadership, and fellowship opportunities through Rotaract club service.
4Why RotaractRotaract clubs are part of a global effort to bring peace and international understanding to the world. This effort starts at the community level but knows no limits in its outreach.
5Current Rotaract Clubs 7890 District:Amherst – Area #2Active since xyzTotal Members:Danielson – Area #5Enfield – Area #7Putnam – Area #5
6About RotaractEarly 1960s, Rotary clubs around the world began to sponsor university youth groups as Community Service projects.The Rotary International (RI) President, Luther Hodges, and the RI Board of Directors considered this club activity to have international relevance.1968 Rotaract was approved as an official program for Rotary clubs.March 13, 1968, the first club chartered was the Rotaract Club of North Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S.A.
7About RotaractSeveral decades later, the Rotaract program has grown into a strong international network of clubs:Active in over 170 countries and geographical areas,More than 145,000 members,Over 6,400 clubs of young men and women (ages 18 to 30) organized to:serve the physical and social needs of their communities,widen their friendships and professional contacts, andincrease their understanding of the world.
8Purpose of RotaractThe 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,Ability to address the physical and social needs of their communities, andTo assist in promoting better relations between all people worldwide through a framework of friendship and service.
9Rotaract “Clubs”Rotaract clubs are usually “Community-based” or “University-based” And are sponsored by a local Rotary club making them true "partners in service" and key members of the Rotary family
10Core Requirements Establish Rotary club sponsorship Identify a Rotary committee to mentor Rotaract club membersIdentify and recruit a college faculty member to serve as liaison to the Rotaract clubFollow the Rotaract handbook and complete all formsIdentify and recruit a Rotaract club leadership team and build the club to 15+ membersApply for an official Rotaract club charter from Rotary International.
11Organizing a Rotaract Club “University Based” University administration:Defining the purpose and goals of both Rotary and Rotaract.Rotary’s intention to comply with school regulations regarding student organizations.Rotaract club organizers should find a member of the faculty to serve as an advisor to the club.The faculty advisor must be willing to work closely with the students in a nonclassroom setting and should be generally well-liked by students.The faculty advisor should also work with an advisor from the sponsoring Rotary club and the Rotaract club organizers to develop a recruitment strategy to attract members to the new club.
12Strategies to Get Started “University Based” Invite Rotary club members to invite family members, friends, or neighbors, who have sons or daughters, ages 18-30, who are attending college.Identify and recruit current Interact and Youth Exchange students, who are planning to attend a college with a Rotaract club, to join your Rotaract club (as they will already be familiar with the Rotary culture and bring enthusiasm).Participate in college “Freshman orientation and/or Involvement Fairs”.Identify various faculty as Rotaract club advisors, who can share the Rotaract club opportunities with students in their respective colleges.Help mentor Rotaract club Membership development committee chairs to develop campus Rotaract club membership drives.
13Organizing a Rotaract Club “Community Based” Although community-based clubs offer greater flexibility and autonomy than university-based clubs, both approaches to Rotaract club organization have proven successful in various parts of the world.Must follow Rotaract Club Organization List and the Rotaract Membership Application noted in “Administrative Forms and Constitutional Documents”.The sections below include detailed strategies for recruiting potential Rotaract club members and the steps that must be taken by them to become officially recognized by RI.
14Strategies to Get Started “Community Based” These strategies are similar, yet somewhat different form the college club:Invite Rotary club members to invite family members, friends, or neighbors, who have sons or daughters, ages 18-30, who are in the workforce.Identify and recruit current Rotaract college students, who are planning to enter the workforce in your community to join your Rotaract club (as they will already be familiar with the Rotary culture and bring enthusiasm).Participate in young professional “Involvement Fairs”.Host a “Bring a Young Professional to Lunch” spotlight at a Rotary luncheon, (Rotarians bring young professionals from their various organizations).Help mentor Rotaract club Membership development committee chairs to develop community wide membership drives, including area Chambers of Commerce
15Rotaractor’s Role Hold organizational meetings Complete organizational paperworkPlan an inaugural ceremony
16Board of DirectorsThe board of directors serves as the governing body of a Rotaract club and Includes:The president, immediate past president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, and any additional officers your club decides it needs.Rotarian and faculty advisers should regularly attend board meetings to provide guidance.During its meetings, the board reviews and approves the club’s plans and service projects, ensures the club’s financial solvency, and delegates responsibilities.At the end of the Rotary year, the board prepares a final report that describes the major actions taken over the preceding 12 months.A copy of the report should be sent to the sponsor Rotary club.
17Getting Started “Resources” Rotaract Statement of Policy:Standard Rotaract Club Constitution:Standard Rotaract Club Bylaws:Rotaract Club Certification FormRotaract Emblem Usage GuidelinesRotaract MerchandiseRotatact Handbook