Guide for our members
Through Rotaract clubs, people ages 18-30 develop leadership and professional skills, exchange ideas with community leaders, and have fun through service.
Here is everything you need to know about creating a strong Rotaract club.
Download the Rotaract Handbook to learn how to:
Interested in joining a Rotaract club?
Contact a local Rotary club to find out if your area has a Rotaract club. Ask the club if you can participate in its next meeting, service project, or social event.
- Start a Rotaract club, recruit members, and elect officers
- Support Rotaract clubs as a sponsoring Rotary club
- Get involved in the community
- Find networking or mentorship opportunities
- Build successful clubs
- Plan effective service projects
Make it official
When you’ve reviewed the basics, organized your members, and elected officers, you can apply for a charter from Rotary International. Here’s what to do:
How to develop dynamic clubs
Become partners in service
Rotaract clubs thrive when they work with committed sponsor Rotary clubs. Learn more about sponsorship and co-sponsorship.
Update club and member information
Clubs must update their contact information annually in My Rotary to maintain their active status so they can continue receiving updates from Rotary International. Clubs that keep their contact information updated will appear in Club Finder.
How to develop sustainable service projects
Before you start a service project, review the basics in the Rotaract Handbook (PDF). Then organize your fellow members, partner with other clubs or districts, and form a plan. Here are some resources to help you:
- Download the Six Steps to Sustainability to make sure that your project will lead to lasting, positive change.
- Be part of something bigger by supporting Rotary’s causes.
- Watch webinars or take a variety of courses through Rotary’s Learning Center.
- Learn how you can plan, organize, and promote your service projects using the Project Lifecycle Kit.
- Show the world how Rotaract is making a difference during our World Rotaract Week celebration each March. Use the World Rotaract Week Certificate of Recognition to recognize accomplishments.
- Get recognized and inspire other clubs by nominating your project for a Rotaract Outstanding Project Award.
Rotaractors in action
Membership in both Rotaract and Rotary allows members to build more dynamic clubs with a wider perspective, more diverse ideas, and greater service in more communities, says dual member Fernando Pinto Nercelles.
The Rotaract Club of Edulink International Campus, Western Province, Sri Lanka, created the Dream Store online platform, where women with HIV can sell products they've made and see their earnings go straight to their bank accounts.
After fleeing conflict in their own countries, Rotaractors are healing wounds and bringing cultures together in a Ugandan refugee settlement through service projects.
How Rotary’s district leaders support Rotaract
District Rotaract chair
District Rotaract chairs are Rotary members appointed by district governors. Download Lead Your District: Committee Chair to learn more about the role of committee chair.
District Rotaract representative
A district Rotaract representative is a Rotaract member elected by clubs in their district. They work to improve communication among Rotaract and Rotary clubs and coordinate joint activities and projects. Download the Guide for District Rotaract Representatives to learn more about this role.
District Rotaract committee
The district Rotaract chair and district Rotaract representative serve as co-chairs of the district Rotaract committee. They work with committee members to support Rotaract clubs, ensure that club information is up to date, plan leadership training events, and coordinate district service projects. Here are some resources for district leaders:
- District Listing of Club-Sponsored Organizations (Rotaract, Interact, Rotary Community Corps) for Rotarians (available in Rotary Club Central). Download instructions.
- District Listing of Club-Sponsored Organizations (Rotaract, Interact, Rotary Community Corps) for district Rotaract representatives (available on the District Administration page of My Rotary)
- How to Update Rotaract and Interact Club Information (PDF)
Rotaract multidistrict information organizations
Rotaract multidistrict information organizations (MDIOs) connect Rotaract clubs across several Rotary districts. Working within a country or region, these groups bring Rotaractors together to exchange ideas and network with other young leaders.
Check the Rotary calendar for a list of observances and due dates. Here are just a few important dates for Rotaract clubs:
- August — Membership and New Club Development Month
- 7-13 October 2019 — Rotary Alumni Reconnect Week
- 9 November 2019 — Rotary Day at the United Nations
- 1 February — Rotaract Outstanding Project Award nominations due
- 13 March — World Rotaract Day (World Rotaract Week is celebrated Monday-Sunday during the week of 13 March)
- May — Youth Service Month
- 31 May-1 June 2019 — Rotaract Preconvention in Hamburg
- 15 August — Rotary Citation for Rotaract Clubs nominations due
Do you have a district, multidistrict, or international event coming up? We’ll include your event details in our Young Leaders in Action newsletter. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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