Rotaract is an international organization of service clubs for youth aged 18-30 (students as well as professionals) who believe they can make a difference. Rotaract clubs provide an opportunity for young adults to enhance the knowledge and skills that will assist them in personal development to address the physical needs of their communities and to promote better relations between all people world-wide through a framework of friendship and service. It fosters leadership and responsible citizenship, encourages high ethical standards in business and promotes international understanding and peace.
Through community and international service projects, Rotaractors help improve the lives of the people around them. In so doing they develop leadership skills and professional skills and establish a network of friends.
Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of thought into happiness that you are able to give. - Roosevelt, Eleanor
Rotaract is a program of Rotary International. Rotaract Clubs work under the guidance of their local Rotary Club, and take their name from a combination of the words Rotary and action. The first officially chartered Rotaract Club was in North Charlotte, North Carolina, in 1968, but clubs of young people associated in service with local Rotary Clubs had existed for several years in India and Europe.
Today, there are some 155,000 members in more than 6,750 Rotaract Clubs in 146 countries.