Rotaract is a Rotary-sponsored service club for young men and women ages 18 to 30. Rotaract clubs are either community or university based, and they’re sponsored by a local Rotary club. This makes them true “partners in service” and key members of the family of Rotary.
Founded in 1968 as a program of Rotary International, Rotaract allows young men and women the opportunity to give service to their communities while developing themselves personally and professionally through a spirit of fellowship and understanding.
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 toward all people
The principles of Rotaract are based on the fundamental concept which Rotary is built upon: Service above Self. This calls on Rotaractors and Rotarians alike to put service to their communities above all else. This is further strengthened by the concept of Fellowship through Service, which focuses on the building of bonds of friendship among club members while they endeavour to service their community. These principles are embodied within the Rotary Four-Way Test which challenges Rotaractors and Rotarians to live by them not just through their service to the club but also in their personal and professional lives as well.