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Rotaract / Rotary
under the microscope
The good, the bad and the ugly!
PDRR Simone Carot Collins
Western Australia
The (Good) Theory
The 4th
& 5th
goals of Rotaract:
●
To provide opportunities for working in
cooperation with sponsoring R...
The (Good) Theory
●
Opportunity for Rotarians to mentor dynamic young
men and women
− help shape the community's future
− ...
The (Good) Theory
“Rotaractors are the enthusiasts who dare to try
and explore. Rotarians are the practitioners of
Rotary ...
The (Good) Theory
“There's no greater fulfillment than to support and
sponsor vibrant Rotaractors and have them
support Ro...
The (Good) Theory
“Whether Rotaractors become Rotarians or not,
thanks to Rotaract they have become even
better citizens o...
The (Ugly) Reality
●
Lack of understanding by Rotarians as to what
the Rotaract program is actually about
●
Too many distr...
The (Ugly) Reality
“Imagine telling the DGE that the district has
decided that s/he cannot attend the international
assemb...
The (Ugly) Reality
Relationship damagers:
●
Treating Rotaractors as children
●
Instructing / taking over rather than advis...
(Bad) Pitfalls to Avoid
“A comment we often hear from Rotarians is, 'We
tried Rotaract and it failed. All the members
coup...
(Bad) Pitfalls to Avoid
“I really want sponsoring Rotary clubs to view
their Rotaract clus as a project of the Rotary
club...
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Rotaract / Rotary under the microscope

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A presentation looking at issues affecting the Rotary / Rotaract relationship, presented by PDRR Simone Collins at 2007 APPRC Malaysia.

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Rotaract / Rotary under the microscope

  1. 1. Rotaract / Rotary under the microscope The good, the bad and the ugly! PDRR Simone Carot Collins Western Australia
  2. 2. The (Good) Theory The 4th & 5th 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
  3. 3. The (Good) Theory ● Opportunity for Rotarians to 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 other networks
  4. 4. The (Good) Theory “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.” PE Florence Hui Rotary Club of Macau District 3450, Macau Former Rotaractor who joined Rotary in July 2005
  5. 5. The (Good) Theory “There's no greater fulfillment than to support and sponsor vibrant Rotaractors and have them support Rotarians... With the proper guidance and continuous motivation from Rotarians, Rotaractors could reach their highest potential to become quality leaders.” PDRR Jamie Tan Rotaract Club of Gombak District 3300, Malaysia
  6. 6. The (Good) Theory “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.” Marco Kappenberger Rotary E-Club of Latinoamérica formerly a member of the Rotary Club of Apia, Samoa
  7. 7. The (Ugly) Reality ● Lack of understanding by Rotarians as to what the Rotaract program is actually about ● Too many districts don't understand the importance of fulfilling their obligation to fund training for Rotaract officers ● Some Rotary Clubs have gone as far as sabotaging the work of their Rotaract Clubs, or withdrawing their sponsorship out of spite!
  8. 8. The (Ugly) Reality “Imagine telling the DGE that the district has decided that s/he cannot attend the international assembly... s/he can just learn from PDGs instead. Why then is this a common practice, for [Rotaractors] to be denied the training they are entitled to? ” PDRR Simone Carot Collins Rotaract Club of South Perth District 9470, Australia
  9. 9. The (Ugly) Reality Relationship damagers: ● Treating Rotaractors as children ● Instructing / taking over rather than advising ● Expecting help / support from Rotaractors but not giving any in return
  10. 10. (Bad) 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
  11. 11. (Bad) Pitfalls to Avoid “I really want sponsoring Rotary clubs to view their Rotaract clus as a project of the Rotary club, just like any other project they undertake. They should keep up with the project, and make sure it is doing ok. Maintained communication and support from the sponsoring Rotary Club are key to the vitality of the Rotaract Club. ” DRR Mary Kathryn DeLodder Rotaract Club of University of Louisville District 6710, USA

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