OrientationA brief Introduction to Rotaract By: Rtr. Saurabh Acharya and Rtr. Serene Rajkarnikar
Background• The first Rotary Club was formed by Paul P. Harris in downtown Chicago, at Harris friend Sylvester Schieles office in the Unity Building on Dearborn Street on February 23, 1905.• The main purpose is to provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the community and the world.• There are 34,282 clubs and over 1.2 million members worldwide.
What is Rotaract?• “Rotary”+ (“International”+“Action”) = “Rotaract”.• Rotaract is a service club for young men and women ages 18 to 30.• Rotaract clubs are either community or university based.• They’re sponsored by a local Rotary club, which makes the two true "partners in service" and key members of the family of Rotary.
More About Rotaract• The first Rotaract club - “The Rotaract Club of University of Charlotte North Carolina” (USA) was chartered on 14 March 1968.• Rotary International has laid down a Standard Rotaract Club Constitution, Standard Rotaract Club By-laws and Rotaract Statement of Policy to ensure that Rotaract Clubs and Districts have clear and consistent guidelines.
Aims and Objectives• Develop professional and leadership skills.• Emphasize respect for the right of others, and to promote ethical standards and the dignity of all useful occupations.• Provide opportunities `for young people to address the needs and concerns of the community and our world.• Provide opportunities for working in co- operation with sponsoring Rotart Clubs.• Motivate young people for eventual
Structure of Rotary / Rotaract• Rotary is structured in club, district and international levels.• The clubs are chartered by the global organisation Rotary International (RI).• A Club is the basic unit of Rotary activity, and each club determines its own membership.• A District is an administrative level which encompasses a group of clubs.• A Zone is a group of around 15 Rotary Districts
Structure of a Rotaract Club• Board of directors consist of the following elected officers : – President – Immediate Past President – Vice President – Secretary – Treasurer – Additional Officers deemed necessary by the club. In our case, these are :- • Director of Club Service • Director of Community Service
Roles and Responsibilities• President: • To lead the Club, and defend and represent the views of the Club and the Board. • To ensure the Club’s activities and projects are successfully promoted and completed.• Vice President: • To take over duties that the President needs to delegate. • To stand in for the President whenever they are absent.• Secretary: • To maintain all Club records and Correspondence.
Club Service Director• Roles – To promote socialising, making friends and having a good time (Fellowship). – To look after members, potential members, visitors, guests and attendance. – To manage marketing and PR for the Club including T-shirts, Bulletin, website, etc.• Example of event ideas: – Club Birthday Party, Quizzes , Bowling, Dining out at inexpensive local restaurants etc.
Community Service Director• Roles – To enhance knowledge and understanding of community needs, problems and opportunities. – To formulate and develop activities for serving the Community.• Example of event ideas: – Fundraiser events such as dance parties, momo competition, charity shows. – Community service events such as Blood Donations, Donations to charitable foundations, Road and Traffic service such as reflectors on
Professional Development Director• Roles – To provide personal development opportunities for members. – To provide training to develop the skills of members. – To provide information about a wide cross-section of businesses and professions. – To stimulate awareness and acceptance of high ethical standards in business and professional life.• Example of event ideas: – Talk programs on personal development, guest
International Service Director• Roles – To enhance knowledge and understanding of worldwide needs, problems and opportunities, as well as cultural differences. – To develop activities to promote International understanding and goodwill.• Example of event ideas: – Joint projects with international clubs. – Talks by friends who have worked or come from overseas. – Cultural themes for meetings.
Meeting Types• Regular Meeting – Shall not be less than twice a month at a time and place suited to the convenience of the members• Board Meeting – Board members must be present in these meetings
Reporting• Reporting entails careful documentation of all the work done by the club.• Quarterly periodic reports. – Within September 10 – June-July-August. – Within December 10 – September-October- November – Within March 10 – December-January-February – Within June 10 – March-April-May
Rotary and Rotaract in Nepal• First Rotary Club Rotary Club of Kathmandu, chartered on 28 June, 1959.• First Rotaract Club of Nepal Rotaract Club of Birgunj was chartered in the year 1993.• There are around 78 Rotary Clubs and 52 Rotaract Clubs currently chartered in Nepal.• The current District Rotaract Representative (DRR) of the fiscal year 2011-12 is Rtr. David
Rotaract Club of Kathmandu West• Chartered date: 10 September 2007.• Sponsored by Rotary Club of Kathmandu West.• Chartered members ~ 22.• Chartered President Rtr. Nihal Shrestha.• Chartered Secretary Rtr. Sunny Rajkarnikar.• First Meeting – Mali Oil Stores, Kalimati.
Good to Know AbbreviationsThe Club The District GeneralP President DRR District Rotaract RTN RotarianVP Vice President Representative RTR RotaractorS Secretary DRRE DRR Elect RC Rotary ClubT Treasurer PDRR Past DRR RAC Rotaract ClubPP Past President IPDRR Immediate Past DRR HM Honorary MemberD Director DG District Governor PHF Paul Harris FellowID International Director DGN DG NomineeSD Club Service Director PDG Past DGCD Community Director IPRDG Immediate PDG
Useful Links• http://www.rotary.org• http://www.rotaract.org• http://www.rotaractnepal.org• http://www.nepalrotary.org• http://www.rotary.org/RIdocuments/en_pdf/661e (Standard Rotaract Club Constitution and By Laws)• http://www.rotary.org/RIdocuments/en_pdf/562e (Rotaract Handbook)