About Rotary International

Rotary International is an international service organization whose stated purpose is to bring together business and professional leaders in order to provide humanitarian service and to advance goodwill and peace around the world. It is a non-political and non-sectarian organization open to all people regardless of race, color, creed, religion, gender, or political preference. There are 34,282 member clubs worldwide, and 1.2 million individuals, known as Rotarians, have joined

About Rotaract

Rotaract originally began as a Rotary International youth program in 1968 at Charlotte North Rotary Club in Charlotte, North Carolina, United States, and has grown into a major Rotary-sponsored organization of over 9,522 clubs spread around the world and 291,006 members. It is a service, leadership, professional and community service organization. Rotaract focuses on the development of young adults as leaders in their communities and workplaces. Clubs around the world also take part in international service projects, in a global effort to bring peace and international understanding to the world. “Rotaract” stands for “Rotary in Action”, although the name originally comes from a combination of “Rotary” and “Interact” (International + Action), the high school level program created by Rotary International in 1962

What’s involved?

Most Rotaract activities take place at the club level. Rotaract clubs hold formal meetings, usually every two weeks, which feature speakers, special outings, social activities, discussions or visits to other clubs. Club members get together on designated days for service project work, social events, or professional/leadership development workshops.

Celebrate the global impact of Rotaract by getting involved in:

  • World Rotaract Week
  • Rotaract district and multidistrict events
  • The Rotaract Preconvention Meeting
  • The Interota conference
  • Rotary Day at the United Nations
  • Global Youth Service Day

The avenues of service include Club Service, Community Service, International Service, and Professional Development.

What are the benefits?

Connect with leaders in your community and around the world to: Take action locally and internationally to create sustainable change Expand your professional network and exchange ideas with proven leaders Develop your professional skills through leadership training Save money on travel, hotels, and supplies with Rotary’s member benefits program, Rotary Global Rewards Have fun and make new friends from around the world Connect with the global community of Rotaract at the annual Rotary International Convention and Rotaract Preconvention

How do I join?

To be eligible for membership, prospective members must be 18–30 years of age, show that they are committed to Rotaract, and show that they are of good standing in the community. After being approved by the club, prospective members are ‘inducted’ to become members, also known as ‘Rotaractors’.