Who is Rotaract?
Rotaract is an international organization of young professionals and students ages 18 to 35 that are committed to service, leadership, and professional development in their communities and abroad. Our motto is “Service Above Self.” Rotaract strives to encourage young professionals 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 Rotary Club of Lexington established our Rotaract branch, and we look forward to growing our membership and serving our community. The Rotaract Club of Lexington has earned the prestigious Presidential Citation two years in a row, showing our commitment to the Rotary International President’s challenges to be active and engaged.
Rotaract has quickly evolved in its short but dynamic history. In the early 1960s, Rotary clubs around the world began to sponsor university youth groups as community service projects. The 1967-68 Rotary President, Luther H. Hodges, and the Rotary Board of Directors considered this club activity to have international relevance, and Rotaract was approved in 1968 as an official program for Rotary Clubs. The first club chartered was the Rotaract Club of North Charlotte, North Carolina on March 13, 1968. Several decades later the Rotaract program has grown into a strong network of 7,300 clubs in more than 150 countries.
- To develop professional and leadership skills
- To emphasize respect for the rights of others, based on individual recognition of worth
- To recognize the dignity and value of all useful occupations as opportunities to serve
- To practice and promote ethical standards as leadership qualities
- To understand the needs, problems, and opportunities in the community and worldwide
- To motivate young people for eventual membership in Rotary