Rotaract clubs are part of a global effort to bring peace and international understanding to the world.1 This is purposed as a community-based effort with no limits in its outreach. Rotaractors have access to the many resources and administrative support provided by Rotary International (RI) and The Rotary Foundation, which helps Rotaract clubs thrive.




In the early 1960s, Rotary clubs from around the world began to sponsor university youth groups as community service projects. 1 RI President Luther H. Hodges, 1967-68, and the RI Board of Directors decided such club supporting activities had international relevance and in 1968 Rotaract was approved as an official program for Rotary clubs to participate in.  


The first club Rotaract Club chartered was in North Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, on 13 March 1968.

Currently, the Rotaract program has grown into a strong, international network of 7,300 clubs in more than 150 countries and geographical areas. 1


Rotaract is comprised of over 145,000 members. These members include young men and women (ages 18 to 30) who, as Rotaract members, serve the needs of their local communities, share common aims to widen their personal and professional contacts, and share in their personal values willingness and desire to increase their understanding of the world.



Rotaract has the following goals1:


  • To develop professional and leadership skills
  • To emphasize respect for the rights of others, based on recognition of the worth of each individual
  • To recognize the dignity and value of all useful occupations as opportunities to serve
  • To recognize, practice, and promote ethical standards as leadership qualities and vocational responsibilities
  • To develop knowledge and understanding of the needs, problems, and opportunities in the community and worldwide
  • To provide opportunities for personal and group activities to serve the community and promote international understanding and goodwill toward all people


How does Rotaract fit into the Rotary family?

Rotary International is a worldwide service organization for leading business and professional men and women, with more than 1.2 million members in over 31,000 Rotary clubs. 1  Each Rotaract club is sponsored by a local Rotary club. The ATSU Rotaract Club is sponsored by the Kirksville Rotary Club (Afternoon). The basis of this sponsorship stems from Rotary’s belief that New Generations should take

active interest in community life and have opportunities for professional development.


What does a Rotaract club do?

Rotaract clubs organize a variety of projects and activities that reflect the interests of the club members. Yet, all Rotaract clubs are required to undertake three types of activities in varying degrees:


  • Professional Development
  • Leadership Development
  • Service Projects

Focus on these three areas ensures a balanced club program and provides experience and opportunities for each member’s personal development.


Professional Development1


A club’s professional development activities should:  


  • Expand understanding of the work environment and business opportunities within their community
  • Highlight the Rotaract club role in the community’s economic development
  • Illustrate how skills developed through service activities can help resolve problems in the workplace


Each Rotaract club should provide professional development opportunities to its members through activities such as:


  • Professional and vocational forums
  • Business technology updates
  • Management and marketing seminars
  • Conferences on business and professional ethics
  • Presentations on finance and credit options for business start-up

Sponsoring Rotarians can enhance the professional development of Rotaractors by providing practical advice on entering the business world and tackling business, vocational, and professional challenges. Making the club’s professional development projects into joint Rotaract-Rotary projects can also help Rotaractors get better acquainted with sponsoring Rotarians.


Leadership Development1


A club’s leadership development activities aim not only to make members more effective leaders in their personal lives, but also to teach them how to develop and sustain strong clubs with relevant projects. Important topics to address in training club leaders include: 1


  • Improving public speaking skills
  • Developing techniques for marketing the Rotaract program to potential members
  • Identifying channels for project publicity and promotion
  • Finding financial resources for strengthening club development
  • Building consensus among members
  • Delegating project responsibilities and ensuring necessary follow-up
  • Assessing project success

Service Projects


Service Above Self is Rotary’s foremost guiding principle.

A Rotaract club’s service projects are designed to improve the quality of life at home and abroad.

These projects often address today’s most critical issue such as:

  • Violence
  • Drug abuse
  • AIDS
  • Hunger
  • Environment
  • Illiteracy


Each Rotaract club is required to complete at least two major service projects annually. One is meant to serve the community and the other to promote international understanding.

Each should involve all or most of the members of the club.




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