Rotaract Club of Muskoka is a Rotary-sponsored organization made up of young individuals between the ages of 18 to 35. Rotaract clubs are community based, and provide an opportunity for young adults 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 relationships between all people worldwide through a framework of friendship and service. Clubs around the world can also take part in international service projects, in a global effort to bring peace and understanding to the world.
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 and leadership development workshops.
The Rotary Club of Bracebridge Muskoka-Lakes is the sponsor for the start-up of the club, however the Rotaract Club of Muskoka remains a separate entity, with its own executives, structure, and activities. Rotaract members partner with their sponsor club, and other local Rotary clubs, to work toward common goals for their local Muskoka communities.
Rotaract stands for ”Rotary in action”
Rotaract has evolved quickly in its short but dynamic history. In the early 1960s, Rotary clubs around the world began to sponsor youth groups as community service projects. The 1967-68 Rotary International president, Luther H. Hodges, and the Rotary International 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, USA, on 13 March 1968. Several decades later, Rotaract clubs are an important part of Rotary’s extended family. Together they work in cooperation as partners in service.
For more information on Rotary and Rotaract, please see the Rotary Central website here.
Today there are over 8,700 Rotary-supported Rotaract clubs with more than 200,000 members spanning 120 countries, making Rotaract one of the largest youth organizations in the world.
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