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WHAT IS ROTARACT :

Rotaract is a worldwide organization of young men and women ages 10 to 35 who believe they can make a difference. A Rotaract Club is more than just a community service club. It is part of a global effort to bring peace and international understanding to the world. This effort starts at the community level, but it knows no limits in its outreach.

Through community and international service projects, Rotaractors help improve the lives of the people around them. In so doing they develop skills of management and organization. They also learn teamwork, and establish a network of peers and friends.

Although each Rotaract Club has a sponsoring Rotary Club, the Rotaract members are responsible for organizing themselves and developing their own projects and activities.

One of the most exciting aspects of Rotaract is the opportunity to meet new friends and acquaintances in your own locality, across the state and even worldwide. No matter what type of activity Rotaract members involve themselves in, whether it be working together or a purely social event, we can always manage to make it enjoyable.

*Rotaractors cease to be active members on the 30th June of the Rotaract year in which they turn 30 years old. However With the Rotaract Club of Port Moresby an age extension has been permitted to 35 years, as the club has just started with members who are well in their 20’s.

THE HISTORY OF ROTARACT :

Rotaract was founded in 1968 by Rotary International, a worldwide association of service-minded business and professional leaders. Today there are more than 5800 Rotary-sponsored Rotaract clubs in some 120 countries around the world, with over 150 000 members.

The first Rotaract club was chartered on March 14th, 1968, as “The Rotaract Club of University of Charlotte North Carolina” (USA), which began with 16 male members. Before long, clubs were being established in other countries and only three months later – on June 14th, 1968 – the first charter granted in Australia was presented to “The Rotaract Club of Brisbane West”. This is now the longest continuously operating club in the world.

Rotaract Districts are organized along the same lines as the Rotary International District. RI has laid down a Standard Rotaract Club Constitution, Standard Rotaract Club By-laws and Rotaract Statement of Policy to ensure that Rotaract Clubs and Districts have clear and consistent guidelines to operate by. These lay the foundation of the relationship between Rotary and Rotaract, and cannot be changed except by approval of the Rotary International Board of Directors. These documents are explained in more detail in the official Rotaract Handbook. Once becoming a member you will have the privilege to read a copy of the handbook, which are in the possession of the Directors of the Club.

District 9600 is made up of 12 clubs, 11 active, and 1 currently non functional: the Rotaract Clubs of Aspley, Brendale, Brisbane City, and Brisbane West. Cooroy, Gympie-Cooloola, Nundah, Redcliffe Peninsula, Samford Valley and Stafford. There is also the Rotaract Club of Huon Gulf in Papua New Guinea who are currently inactive, and Rotaract Club of Port Moresby who will entire their 2nd year in July 1st 2002. There are approximately 100 men and women spread across the 10 Queensland Clubs.
THE PURPOSE AND GOALS OF ROTARACT

Any group who intends to make a worthwhile contribution or achievement must begin with an idea or goal to aim for.

The purpose of a Rotaract Club is to provide young men and women with an opportunity 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 SIX GOALS OF ROTARACT INTERNATIONAL :

1. To develop Professional and Leadership skills.

2. To emphasize respect for the rights of others, based on the recognition of the worth of each individual.

3. To recognize the dignity and value of all useful occupations as opportunities to serve.

4. To recognize, practice and promote ethical standards as qualities and vocational responsibilities.

5. To develop knowledge and understanding of the needs, problems and opportunities in the community and worldwide.

6. To provide opportunities for personal and group activities to serve the community and promote international understanding and goodwill.

These goals can be used as a checklist for the individual and also for the Club, to make an outgoing evaluation about how effective Rotaract is in achieving its aims.

After you have been in the Club for a few months, or even after twelve months (or more), ask again – have we achieved these aims?
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