The History of Rotaract
In the early sixties, Rotary clubs around the world began to sponsor a group of young students as part of their projects at the community level.
In the period from 1967-1968., the President of Rotary International, Luther Hodges and Rotary International Board of Directors have decided that the club's activity takes on international significance, so that the 1968 Rotaract has approved as an official program of Rotary Club. The first club which founded it has been the Rotaract Club of North Charlotte, North Carolina, USA.
During the first 20 years, Rotaract has grown into an international force in more than 124 countries with more than 5,000 clubs and about 150 000 members who intercede to serve to the community, to spread friendship, professional contacts and generally to foster understanding in the world.
Today in the world there are more than 7 600 clubs in 154 countries and approximately 176 000 members.
What is the Rotaract club?
Rotaract Club is part of the global aspiration to encourage peace and international understanding in the world. This effort is based on the community level, but there are no limits in its development and expansion.
Why to establish the Rotaract club?
The aim of the Rotaract club is to enable young people aged 18-30 the opportunity to improve and develop their knowledge and skills throughout their professional development, to deal with the social problems of the community, to promote better relations between all people worldwide through a network of friendship and mutually understanding.
What are the main activities of Rotaract clubs?
Rotaract clubs organize a variety of projects and activities, that primarily depend on the interests of the club and its members, but generally within the Rotaract there are three basic types of activities:
- Development of managerial skills (Leadership Development)
- Development of professional skills (Professional Development)
- Development of service skills (Service Development)
The Structure of Rotaract
The main body within the Rotaract is a District Governor- volunteer of Rotary International, who has been selected by Rotary clubs in district. His task is to organize Rotary clubs in new areas, to plan projects at the district level and similar.
District Governor is also responsible for the Rotaract clubs and appoints the District Rotaract Chairman and Distric Rotaract Committee in order to improve communication between clubs and to organize new Rotaract clubs in the district.
At the district level the main function is performed by District Rotaract Representative (DRR), rotaractor is elected by the Rotaract clubs. District Rotaract Representative appoints the Committee Rotaract whose task is to plan projects and activities at the district level.
District Rotaract Representative is elected democratically by secret ballot at the Rotaract Conference. The requirement is that this person was the president of Rotaract club or the member of Rotaract District Committee.
Meetings at the level of District
The most significant are the Rotaract Assembly and Rotaract District Conference.
ORGANIZATION OF THE ROTARACT CLUB
Rotaract Board of Directors:
It consists of: president, past president, vice president, secretary, treasurer.
Board of directors meets at least once a month and club members can attend at those meetings.
He serves to a club and members. His task is to enable the development of managerial capabilities of members, to follow development of club's projects, to identify skills of its members and accordingly to assign them certain activities.
He is responsible for the operation of club, for dates of meetings and similar. He must have organizational skills with the aim of developing of the entire annual plan in the shortest possible period.
He is also the liaison between Rotaract and Rotary.
The Vice president:
He replaces the president when is absent. He must be a team player, able to accept the responsibility. He must be well acquainted with all goals and plans for the current year.
He is often a prime candidate for the future president, although it is not mandatory.
He must have good communication skills because is responsible for correspondence. He takes notes at each meeting and forwards them to Rotaract Committee of the sponsored Rotary club. The secretary keeps all documents related to the membership in the club.
He is responsible for financial stability and liquidity of the club. His task is to raise funds, donations and similar and to settle all club accounts.
Rotaract Club Commitee:
It consists of 5 separate bodies:
- Club service committee
- International service committee
- Community service committee
- Professional development committee
- Financial committee
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