Rotaract is an organization of young professionals and students ages 21 to 35 who are committed to service, leadership, and professional development in Lexington 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 was established in 2008 and continues to grow its membership and serve the Lexington community with each year that passes. The Rotaract Club of Lexington earned the prestigious Presidential Citation in 2014 and 2015, showing the club’s commitment to the Rotary International President’s challenge to be active and engaged.

History of Rotaract International

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.