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Rotaract Logo 2015.svg
Motto Self Development - Fellowship Through Service
Formation 1968; 49 years ago (1968)
Type Service club
Focus Fellowship and Service
Headquarters Evanston, Illinois
  • Global
Origins The Rotary International Family
Area served
World Wide
Official language
English, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Swedish, Spanish and Tamil

Rotaract originally began as a Rotary International youth program in 1968[2] 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.[3] It is a service, leadership, professional and community service organization (often miscommunicated as a Social Service Club) for young men and women between the ages 18–30.

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.

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.

The purpose of Rotaract is to provide an opportunity for young men and women 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. 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'.

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

Multidistrict communication and MDIOs[edit]

Rotaract multidistrict information organizations (MDIOs) function as regional resource centers for Rotaractors. They comprise Rotaract clubs in two or more districts, within a country or across several countries. MDIOs are formed to disseminate information and facilitate communication among Rotaract clubs in the participating districts.

Rotaract MDIOs are excellent ways for communicating program updates, local and international news, and event bulletins. They also facilitate uniting Rotaractors from different clubs and districts within a particular region.

MDIOs offer information in the form of publications, Internet services, and direct links with Rotary International (RI) staff. The Worldwide Rotaract Directory has information on specific names, districts, and contacts.


  1. ^ "Rotaractors worldwide". Rotary international. Retrieved February 7, 2017. 
  2. ^ "ROTARACT HISTORY". Rotary Global History. Retrieved February 7, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Rotaract Clubs Worldwide". Rotary international. Retrieved February 7, 2017. 

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