Introduction to Rotaract


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A brief introduction to the Rotaract program, aimed at Rotarians. Written from an Australian perspective, it looks at what the program is about, how it came to be, and where Rotaract is at today both globally and in Australia. It also discusses how Rotaract and Rotary can work together as partners-in-service.

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  • That's the thing... Rotaract is not just a college club. It's for young adults aged between 18 and 30. We hardly have any university-based clubs in Australia - they are mainly community based. I don't know why there is such a big misconception in the USA that Rotaract = college-based club?
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  • I have a longer version which goes into more details about responsibilities of a sponsoring Rotary club and the district, for clubs which are considering starting up a new Rotaract club. One of the most common misconceptions in the USA is that Rotaract is a college thing, but in the rest of the world, university-based clubs are in the minority. The vast majority of our clubs are community based.
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  • Nice slide show on Rotaract. We don't seem to do much with Rotaract in district 6950. We should do more as we have several universities.
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  • The Rotaract program is one of Rotary’s best kept secrets, even though the international network of Rotaract clubs rivals some of the biggest NGOs worldwide.
  • Introduction to Rotaract

    1. 1. The Rotaract Program
    2. 2. The Rotaract Program <ul><li>What is the Rotaract program? </li></ul><ul><li>How does a Rotary Club benefit from sponsoring a Rotaract Club? </li></ul><ul><li>Rotaract in Australia </li></ul><ul><li>Examples of Rotaract in action </li></ul>
    3. 3. The Rotaract Program <ul><li>Rotary-affiliated “youth” clubs have existed since the 1920s </li></ul><ul><li>The birth of the Interact program in 1963 led to an explosion of membership in these clubs </li></ul><ul><li>Rotaract was finally adopted in 1968 </li></ul><ul><li>The 4th & 7th Rotaract clubs were both Australian  </li></ul>
    4. 4. What is Rotaract? <ul><li>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 </li></ul>
    5. 5. What is Rotaract? <ul><li>“ Rotaract has helped me reach out to other people, which I really dreamed of a lot when I was younger. I have met a lot of people with different languages. I am able to talk with people of a different status in life. I am able to see me – the real me.” Aldrin Buelo Rotaract Club of Parañaque East – Paragon District 3830, The Philippines </li></ul>
    6. 6. What is Rotaract? <ul><li>“ The first time I visited an orphanage, I was struck by the huge effect we had on these children... I left that day feeling like queen of the world, like I could do anything, or solve any problem... Rotaract made me dream, and helped me to make other people's dreams come true.” </li></ul><ul><li>Nancy Eshre Rotaract Club of Alexandria Cosmopolitan District 2450, Egypt </li></ul>
    7. 7. What is Rotaract? <ul><li>The 5 goals of Rotaract: </li></ul><ul><li>To develop professional and leadership skills </li></ul><ul><li>To emphasize respect for the rights of others, and to promote ethical standards and the dignity of all useful occupations </li></ul><ul><li>To provide opportunities for young people to address the needs and concerns of the community and our world </li></ul>
    8. 8. What is Rotaract? <ul><li>The 5 goals of Rotaract: </li></ul><ul><li>To provide opportunities for working in cooperation with sponsoring Rotary Clubs </li></ul><ul><li>To motivate young people for eventual membership in Rotary Source: Standard Rotaract Club Constitution Article 2 </li></ul>
    9. 9. Benefits of Rotaract <ul><li>Mentor dynamic young men and women </li></ul><ul><ul><li>help shape the community's future </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>next generation of Rotarians </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Valuable partners-in-service </li></ul><ul><ul><li>new ideas & alternate viewpoints </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>more help for your projects </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>access to younger networks </li></ul></ul>
    10. 10. Benefits of Rotaract <ul><li>“ 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.” </li></ul><ul><li> Florence Hui Rotary Club of Macau District 3450, Macau Former Rotaractor who joined Rotary in July 2005 </li></ul>
    11. 11. Benefits of Rotaract <ul><li>“ After having been a Rotary Youth Exchange student and in Rotaract for 11 years, becoming a Rotarian was a logical step for me... The [Rotary] club was very welcoming and recognising my solid background in the Rotary family, my membership was fast-tracked.” </li></ul><ul><li> Jonathan Nish Rotary Club of Putney District 1130, England Former Rotaractor who joined Rotary in July 2006 </li></ul>
    12. 12. Benefits of Rotaract <ul><li>“ Whether Rotaractors become Rotarians or not, thanks to Rotaract they have become even better citizens of the community, and so they contribute to Rotary's good reputation.” </li></ul><ul><li> Marco Kappenberger Rotary E-Club of Latinoamérica </li></ul>
    13. 13. Rotaract in Australia 0 0 6 12 2 1 14 14
    14. 14. Rotaract in Action <ul><li>Self-Sustainable Farms Rotaract Club of Panama </li></ul><ul><li>“ My experience with the Matching Grant has been one of the most rewarding of my life. We are improving their quality of life, providing them with more variety of food, and most importantly, we are making them feel special.” Jeannette Vasquez Rotaract Club of Panama District 4240, Panama </li></ul>
    15. 15. Rotaract in Action <ul><li>Dial-A-Santa Districts 9450 & 9470, Australia </li></ul><ul><li>“ As a Rotarian, I get a great kick out of working with the people who order the Dial-A-Santa service. The joy on people's faces when they receive personalized attention from Santa is just great.” Peter Kraj-Krajewski Rotary Club of Mill Point District 9470, Australia </li></ul>
    16. 16. Rotaract in Action <ul><li>A Hand for Polio Rotaract Club of Ciudad Satélite, Mexico </li></ul><ul><li>“ It is possible to adapt this project to practically any space, regardless of the social conditions or culture of the community. Plus, it gives thousands of people the opportunity to know about Rotary and one if its most important programs: Polio Plus.” </li></ul>
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