History of Rotaract

Rotaract, Rotary International’s service club program for young adults ages 18-30, was officially inaugurated during January 1968 under RI President Luther Hodges. On 13 March 1968, the Rotaract Club of the University of North Carolina, sponsored by the Rotary Club of North Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, was the first Rotaract club to receive its official charter. Although this club is recognized as the first Rotaract club, Rotarians have been sponsoring similar organizations for young adults since the early 1920s.

Rotary club-sponsored groups continued to spring up simultaneously and independently around the globe. Unisserve clubs in India, Orbis clubs in South America, Rotors clubs in South Africa, Paul Harris Circles in Europe, and Quadrant clubs in the United States are some of the best-known examples. Eventually, these clubs would provide the base for the future growth of Rotaract as the clubs adopted new names under the Rotaract program.

Rotaract at District Level

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

Rotaract clubs associate at the Rotary district level where they are represented by an elected Rotaractor, the District Rotaract Representative (DRR) and his / her committee referred to as the District Council. This association of clubs at the district level provides the opportunity for joint Rotaract club conferences, projects, training and leadership seminars and other cooperative activities. It also strengthens and promotes long-lasting friendships between club members.

Rotaract at International Level

At the international level Rotaractors and Rotarians have the opportunity to attend an annual forum held prior to the Rotary International Convention This event offers Rotaractors from all over the world the chance to meet , discuss issues of mutual interest and develop bonds of international understanding and goodwill. When young people join Rotaract, they join a community which extends across the world, bringing friendship and hope to the lives of people around them.

First Rotaract Club in the World:
Rotaract Club of North Charlotte, RID 7670.
Chartered on: 13th March 1968.

First Rotaract Club in Nepal:
Rotaract Club of Birgunj
Chartered on: 13th March 1991