Here’s a quiz for World Rotaract Week: Most of us know that Rotaract is sort of a “junior version” of Rotary aimed at 18-30-year-olds and that our club sponsors an energetic Rotaract Club at the University of Michigan. What you may not know is:
1: Where does the name “Rotaract” come from?
2: When was the first Rotaract club chartered?
3. When was our Rotaract club formed?
4. How many Rotaract Clubs are out there?
5. How many Rotaractors eventually become Rotarians?
6. Where can I learn more about what Rotaractors are doing?
For the answers, scroll down.
1. “Rotaract” stands for “Rotary in Action”, although the name originally comes from a combination of “Rotary” and “Interact” (International + Action), the high school level program created by Rotary International in 1962.
2. The first Rotaract club was created in1968 by a Rotary club in Charlotte, North Carolina
3. The U-M Rotaract Club was chartered in 2004 with a ceremony and celebration in the Michigan League
4. There are now almost 11,000 clubs with a total of 250,000 members. 98% of Rotary Districts have at least one club.
5. Sadly, although Rotaractors could be considered “low-hanging fruit” for membership, only about 5% become Rotarians
6. Learn more about Rotaract today by reading an article starting on page 14 in your March Rotary magazine.