Posted by Patricia (Pat) Brown, District Rotaract Chair
 
Every year, World Rotaract Week honors the chartering of the first club in North Carolina, USA, on March 13, 1968. Rotaract, for ages 18-30, was officially inaugurated during January 1968 under R.I. President Luther Hodges. World Rotaract Week, observed annually the week of March 13th is designed to foster Rotaract-Rotary activities in celebration of the founding of the Rotaract program. It is a time for celebrating the success and importance of the Rotaract program.
 
This event is also an excellent opportunity to inform members of your community about the amazing work that Rotaract clubs do, and give them an opportunity to get involved.  Rotaract clubs and their sponsor Rotary club have the freedom to explore a variety of methods of participating in World Rotaract Week. Rotaractors can decide the best way for their club to celebrate the Rotaract program – completing one, two or an entire week’s worth of activities. After the club has completed its World Rotaract Week commemorative events, the sponsor Rotary club can download a certificate of recognition for presentation to the Rotaract club.
 
Suggestions to commemorate Rotaract’s anniversary:  
  • Invite Rotaractors to Rotary club meetings and vice versa.
  • Conduct a joint project with a Rotary club.
  • Encourage a nearby Rotary club to sponsor a new Rotaract club in its area.
  • Plan a literacy day to be held annually.
  • Give a presentation about Rotaract to a Rotary club that does not sponsor a Rotaract club.
  • Publicize Rotaract in local media.
  • Encourage cross-promotion between Interact, Rotary Youth Exchange, RYLA, and other community youth organizations.
  • Partner with international Rotaract clubs.
  • Establish monitoring programs between Rotaractors and Interactors, as well as, with Rotarians.
  • Introduce potential members from Interact by inviting them to a meeting or a project.
Participating clubs can receive special recognition from Rotary International.