WHAT THE CHANGES TO ROTARACT
MEAN FOR YOUR CLUB
Effective 1 July, Rotaract clubs will be able to choose the sponsor
relationship that best meets their needs. New Rotaract clubs can
choose to organize with or without a sponsor. Existing Rotaract
clubs can continue to be sponsored by a Rotary club or decide,
with their sponsor club, to end the arrangement.
The Board also removed the upper age limit for membership in
Rotaract. Rotaract clubs will be open to all young adults at least
18 years old.
How will the changes affect your club’s relationship with
Rotaract clubs can still choose to be sponsored by a Rotary club.
If your Rotary club currently sponsors a Rotaract club, talk with
Rotaractors about these changes before 1 July. Here are some
questions to help start the conversation:
How does sponsorship benefit the Rotary club and Rotaract
What can your club provide as a sponsor to the Rotaract club?
Examples include helping attract new members, planning
and organizing service projects, offering mentoring or
professional development opportunities, or handling finances.
If your club and the Rotaract club agree to end the
sponsorship arrangement, how will your club maintain a
relationship with Rotaract members and continue to work
with them in service?
What does the removal of an upper age limit mean for the
Rotaract is still a club for young adults. Rotaract members will
continue to have opportunities for mentorship, professional and
personal development, and service, but with increased flexibility
to define what young adult means to them. Through their
interactions with Rotary clubs — with the club either as a sponsor
or collaborator — they’ll gain valuable experiences that will guide
their transition from Rotaract to Rotary when the time is right.
Will Rotaractors still be encouraged to become Rotarians?
Yes. And Rotaractors can still have dual membership in both a
Rotaract and Rotary club. Rotary clubs are encouraged to continue
promoting dual membership by inviting Rotaract members
to their club meetings and events, as well as attending and
supporting Rotaract initiatives.
Everyone benefits when Rotary clubs welcome Rotaract
members into their clubs and partner with them to improve our
communities. By maintaining a positive relationship between
Rotary and Rotaract clubs, we’re creating a stronger Rotary.
In October, the Board of Directors made changes to the Rotary Code of Policies related to
Rotaract. These changes elevate Rotaract by making Rotaractors full partners in service
alongside Rotarians in taking action to improve communities at home and around the world.
Learn more about these and other changes