What is Rotaract?
Sponsored by international service organization Rotary International, Rotaract is a service club for young men and women ages 18-30.
Modeled after the goals and standards of Rotary, Rotaract brings together college students and young business professionals for humanitarian service, networking, building goodwill and promoting peace around the world. As one of the fastest-growing Rotary programs, Rotaract has a strong international presence and includes more than 8,400 Rotaract clubs in 170 countries.
Each Rotaract club is sponsored by a local Rotary club, and is generally either university- or community-based. Each chapter has its own unique personality, sometimes with special emphases. Like Rotary, Rotaract clubs meet on a regular basis, and are nonpolitical, nonreligious, and welcome anyone interested in joining.
Chartered in 2000, our UC Berkeley Rotaract chapter is one out of eight Rotaract clubs in Rotaract District 5160 (link to 5160 website). As a university-based club, Cal Rotaract consists mostly of undergraduate and graduate students. The club is an excellent forum for service, professional development and fellowship!
- TYPE: University-based
- CHARTER DATE: 2000
- MEDIAN AGE: Early 20′s
- MEMBERSHIP BASE: Over 100 active members (One of the largest Rotaract clubs in the world!)
Why Join Rotaract?
- Service: Cal Rotaract offers interesting and exciting projects that make a difference to benefit our local, national, and international communities! Our service projects are designed to improve the quality of life at home and abroad and we strive to address some of the world’s most critical issues, such as childhood malnutrition, hunger, access to clean water, the environment, and illiteracy.
- Fellowship: Through Cal Rotaract’s family system, you have the opportunity to join one of six families of Rotaracters. Guided by Rotaract officers, families enjoy bonding time through service, social outings, and interfamily sports competitions!
- Rotary: Cal Rotaract’s close ties to Berkeley Rotary allow Cal Rotaract members the unique opportunity to network with humanitarian professionals in the Berkeley area. Through our exclusive Rotarian Mentorship Program, members also have the opportunity to be matched with a mentor from Berkeley Rotary. In addition, members have access to awards and scholarships through Berkeley Rotary and Rotary International.
- Leadership: Through our Local and International committees, members will be able to gain leadership experience through planning for and leading Cal Rotaract service projects. Our committees offer members the ability to take their service involvement to the next level and lead the change they want to see in Berkeley, or in the world!