Rotaract the Way to Be (All You Need to Know About Rotaract Clubs)

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Rotaract clubs are part of a global effort to bring peace and international understanding to the world. This effort starts at the community level but knows no limits in its outreach. Rotaractors have access to many resources of Rotary International (RI) and The Rotary Foundation. Rotary International provides the administrative support that helps Rotaract clubs thrive.

ROTARACT ABBREVIATION

R – Reach Out
O – Opportunity for Service
T – To dignify the human
A – A time for action
R – Review and Renew
A – A better world through Rotaract
C – Community welfare
T – Take time to service

HISTORY

Rotaract has evolved quickly in its short but dynamic history. In the early 1960s, Rotary clubs around the world began to sponsor university youth groups as community service projects. The 1967-68 RI President, Luther H. Hodges, and the RI Board of Directors considered this club activity to have international relevance, and Rotaract was approved in 1968 as an official program for Rotary clubs. The first club chartered was the Rotaract Club of North Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, on March 13, 1968. Several decades later, the Rotaract program has grown into a strong, international network of more than 7,000 clubs in about 163 countries and geographical areas. Rotaract’s 176,000 members are young men and women (ages 18 to 30), who serve the needs of their communities, widen their personal and professional contacts, and increase their understanding of the world.

PURPOSE OF ROTARACT

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.

GOALS

Rotaract has the following goals:

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 towards all people

WHAT DOES A ROTARACT CLUB DO?

Rotaract clubs organize a variety of projects and activities, depending primarily on the interests of the club members. However, within the Rotaract program, all clubs undertake four types of activities in varying degrees: professional development, leadership development, international service and service projects. Together, these three areas ensure a balanced club program and provide important experience and opportunities for the personal development of each Rotaractor.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

A club’s professional development activities should expand the members’ understanding of the work environment and business opportunities within their community. These activities should highlight the Rotaractors role in the community’s economic development and illustrate how skills developed through service activities can help in resolving 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 DEVELOPMENT

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

INTERNATIONAL SERVICE

Part of being in Rotaract is developing international understanding, promoting peace and unity and trying to make the world a better place to live for everyone. Rotaractors around the world have a unique opportunity to learn about other cultures and foster goodwill through the global family of Rotaract. This partnership can involve establishing a pen-pal/e-mail relationship, arranging Rotaractor visits, exchanging project ideas, and undertaking small international or community service projects

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 issues, such as violence, drug abuse, AIDS, hunger, the environment, and illiteracy. Each Rotaract club is required to complete at least two major service projects annually, one to serve the community and the other to promote international understanding. Each should involve all or most of the members of the club.

WHY YOU NEED TO JOIN ROTARACT?

1. Friendship
2. Business development
3. Personal growth and development
4. Leadership development
5. Citizenship in the community
6. Continuing education
7. Fun
8. Public speaking skills
9. Citizenship in the world
10. Assistance when travelling
11. Entertainment
12. The development of social skills
13. Family program
14. Vocational skills
15. The development of ethics
16. Cultural awareness
17. Prestige
18. Nice people
19. The absence of an official creed
20. The opportunity to serve

QUALITIES OF ROTARACTORS

– Radiant – Optimistic – Talented – Able – Reasonable – Aimful – Courteous/Courageous – Trust Worthy
– Open-minded – Resourceful/Realistic

ROTARY CALENDER

1. JULY (Literacy Month) New Rotary Year
2. AUGUST (Membership Extension Month)
3. SEPTEMBER (New Generations Month)
4. OCTOBER (Vocational Service Month)
5. NOVEMBER (The Rotary Foundation Month)
6. DECEMBER (Rotary Family Month)
7. JANUARY (Rotary Awareness Month)
8. FEBRUARY (World understanding Month)
9. MARCH (World Rotaract Week)
10. APRIL (Magazine Month)
11. MAY (Rotary Fellowship Month)
12. JUNE (Rotaract Preconvention Meeting & R. I. Convention)

ACRONYMS

THE CLUB
FCPFirst Class President, VPVice President , SSecretary , TTreasurer , PP Past President D Director, ID International Director, SD Club Service Director CD Community Director

THE DISTRICT

DRR District Rotaract Representative, DRREDRR Elect, PDRR Past DRR, IPDRRImmediate Past DRR, DG District Governor, DGN DG Nominee (DG Next Rotary Year) ,PDG Past DG, IPDG Immediate PDG, DGD District Governor Designate (DG next +2 rotary Year), DGEDistrict Governor Elect (DG Next Rotary Year) AGAssistant District Governor, PADGPast AG, DLPDistrict Leadership Plan, DRFCDistrict Rotary Foundation Committee, DSGDistrict Simplified Grant, DTDistrict Trainer, GETSGovernor Elects Training Seminar

GENERAL

RTN Rotarian , ITR Interactor, RTR Rotaractor , RC Rotary Club , RAC Rotaract Club ,HM Honorary Member , PHF Paul Harris Fellow, CAPCommunity Assistant Programme, DDFDistrict Designated Fund, GSEGroup Study Exchange, MOPManual of Procedures, PETSPresident Elects Training Seminar, PHSPaul Harris Society, PRIPresident Rotary International, PRIPPast Rotary International President, RCCRotary Community Corps, RCPRotary Code of Policies, RYLARotary Youth Leadership Award, YEPYouth Exchange Program, 3HHealth, Hunger and Humanity

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