Rotary District 7980 has 9 Rotaract Clubs and a 10th one in the process of being formed in Fairfield County <click to see the list>. I had the pleasure of visiting both the Sacred Heart Rotaract Club and the Greater New Haven Community Based Rotary Club on Wednesday night.
The Sacred Heart Rotaract Club is a University based Club with 20 – 30 members that meets twice a month at 9PM in one of Residence Halls at the University. They conduct fundraisers and do community service projects and have recently raised a fair amount of money for PolioPlus. They are currently evaluating Water projects like the Sooutheast Asia project done by a number of our Rotary Clubs as a possible project.
Greater New Haven Rotaract Member Recruitment at ‘The Bar’ in New Haven
The Greater New Haven Rotaract Club is a community based Club with around 25 members that is made up of young professionals (age range 18 – 30) that get together several times a month, usually at a local restaurant, for a meeting and to network and to plan their activities. The Club recently ran a Chili Cook-off event and a Road Race. On Wednesday the Club leveraged Facebook Ads to pull together a very successful member recruitment event at The Bar in New Haven.
Rotaract is a service club for young men and women ages 18 to 30 who are dedicated to community and international service. Its membership totals over 184,000 in more than 8,000 clubs worldwide. Rotaract clubs are self-governing and self-supporting and can be either university-based or community-based. Individual Rotary clubs sponsor Rotaract clubs and offer guidance and support, making the Rotaract clubs true “partners in service” and key members of the family of Rotary.
Youth Services Progression Map
Rotaract is critically important to the future of Rotary, as are all of the Youth Service programs, as it can be a direct path to Rotary membership for the young professionals when they graduate from college or when they ‘age out’ of the community based clubs.
Rotary District 7980 has 10 Rotaract Clubs, which will all receive an Official DG Visit within the next 60 days. Of our 10 Rotaract Clubs; 7 are University based and 3 are Community based.
Members of Rotaract are part of a global community of young adults taking action for positive change. Rotaract is a club for adults ages 18-30 that meets twice a month to exchange ideas, plan activities and projects, and socialize. While Rotary clubs serve as sponsors, Rotaract clubs decide how to organize and run their club and what projects and activities to carry out.
“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.
Rotaract originally began as a Rotary International youth program in 1968 at Charlotte North Rotary Club in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, and has grown into a major Rotary-sponsored organization of over 9,539 clubs spread around the world and 219,397 members
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.
The Greater New Haven Rotaract Club held their 2nd annual Road Race this morning at the North Haven Middle School. The event featured a 1 mile fun run and a 5K race which went off at 9:30 AM and 10 AM respectively.
The weather cooperated nicely for the event organizers as it was unseasonably warm for the 2nd week of November.
The primary focus of the races was to raise awareness for childhood obesity. A majority of the proceeds will benefit underprivileged children who want to participate in youth sports. A portion of the profits will also go towards the food bank.
The Greater New Haven Rotaract Club, sponsored by the North Haven Rotary, is open to ages 21 to 30 in the area. The only other Community based Rotaract club in Connecticut is in New London.