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What Is Rotaract?

  • 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. (In Jamaica the 1st was Rotaract of Kingston in 1969)

History 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.

The 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 of Rotaract

  1. To develop professional and leadership skills;
  2. To emphasize respect for the rights of others, and to promote ethical standards and the dignity of all useful occupations;
  3. To provide opportunities for young people to address the needs and concerns of the community and our world;
  4. To provide opportunities for working in cooperation with sponsor Rotary clubs;
  5. To motivate young people for eventual membership in Rotary.