HOW TO START (OR REVIVE)
A ROTARACT CLUB
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Membership in the Rotaract Club of Jacksonville’s Beaches, Florida, USA, had declined
from a high of more than 100 members shortly after its charter to just over 10
members in 2014. That’s when their sponsor, the Rotary Club of Ponte Vedra Beach,
assigned an adviser to attend all of the Rotaract club’s board meetings.
That regular contact, and a renewed emphasis
on having members of both clubs attend
social and service events together, helped the
community-based Rotaract club rebound to
around 65 members.
“It’s mostly been due to the really strong
relationship we have with our sponsoring
Rotary club and their willingness and ability to
mentor us and tell us what has been successful
in their club,” says Charlie Flynn, president of
The clubs also started a yearlong mentoring
program that pairs a Rotaractor and a Rotarian
who share a similar field or interest. In May,
the Rotaract club hosted an event designed
specifically to allow members of both clubs to
mingle and network.
“It’s really crucial and necessary for Rotary and
Rotaract clubs to work together and adjust
as needed in order to increase the number of
Rotaractors that transition into Rotary, because
the average number is not very high,” says
Magdalena Cichon, president-elect of Beaches
2018-19 RI President Barry Rassin has made
it a goal to expand Rotaract this year, and
strengthen the transition from Rotaract into
Rotary. Whether your club is thinking about
starting a Rotaract club, or looking to boost
one that is struggling, staying connected is key.
HERE ARE A FEW TIPS:
GATHER A TEAM.
Bring together a group of Rotarians
and community members committed to
supporting your Rotaract club.
KNOW YOUR AUDIENCE.
Assess the makeup of your community and
determine if you will start a university- or
community-based Rotaract club. Rotary’s
Engaging Younger Professionals Toolkit helps
clubs understand this demographic, create
a vibrant club culture, and communicate
HOST AN INFORMATIONAL EVENT.
Engage all attendees and talk to them about
why they came and how they are interested
in changing their community or growing as
a leader — make sure to get their contact
information to invite them to the first
few meetings and start building personal
SUPPORT THE FIRST FEW MONTHS OF
ROTARACT CLUB MEETINGS.
Your team should assist in the early stages
of the Rotaract club by helping set up the
club administration. Advise on adopting the
Standard Rotaract Club Constitution and
Recommended Bylaws, organizing officer
elections, selecting meeting locations, and
arranging an initial service project.
Plan to attend the Rotaract club’s meetings
and events regularly and invite the Rotaract
club to collaborate with your Rotary club in
your activities and events.
Watch our webinar, How to start a
community-based Rotaract club