Rotaract Club of Toronto
Rotaract is an international organization of young people between the ages of 18 to 30 (with members up to 35), sponsored by Rotary International. The Rotaract Club of Toronto was formally chartered and recognized by Rotary International on February 17th, 1980. Members of Rotaract are people who want to develop their leadership skills, become active members in the community, and work together to make the community and world a better place. The Rotaract Club of Toronto meets every other Monday evening at 6:30 p.m. at the The Office Pub – 117 John Street (2nd floor) in downtown Toronto. Come join us for a drink and meet new people while learning ways to develop yourself, both personally and professionally.
Rotaract Elevator Pitch
As Rotaractors, we are young Rotarians who engage in volunteer work, networking and professional development. We also have lots of socials! Some of our events include: Pravda Vodka Tasting, Death by Chocolate and an annual Networking Event.
Rotaract, founded in 1968 by Rotary International, is an organization of young people between the ages of 18 to 30. 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. Rotaract clubs, either community or university-based, 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 relations between all people worldwide through a framework of friendship and service.
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 also get together for service projects, social events or professional/leadership development workshops.
There are five Rotaract clubs within the Rotary District 7070: the Rotaract Club of Toronto, the Rotaract Club of the University of Toronto, Rotaract through DC, Trent and UOIT, Loyalist College Rotaract Club and York University Rotaract Club.
The calendar year for Rotaract goes from July 1 until June 30.
Guiding Principles – The Four Way Test
The test, which has been translated into more than 100 languages, asks the following questions:
Of the things we think, say or do
1. Is it the TRUTH?
2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
3. Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
How does it work?
All Rotaract efforts begin at the local, grassroots level, with members addressing their communities’ physical and social needs while promoting international understanding and peace through a framework of friendship and service.
Who can join Rotaract?
Anyone between the ages of 18 to 30 is encouraged to join.
Is Rotaract a Religious based organization?
Rotaract is not a religious organization and encourages people from all backgrounds to become active.
How do I become a member?
In order to become a member of The Rotaract Club of Toronto, one needs to attend meetings on a regular basis and help with the various projects currently on the go. You will need to attend 4 out of 6 meetings within a 3-month period and volunteer for 2 events or join at least one committee. Also, you must pay the annual club dues of $50.00 CAD.
What are some other opportunities available to Rotaractors?
Rotaractors may also:
- Assist in organizing Interact clubs or mentor Interactors.
- Participate in Rotary Youth Leadership Awards .
- Become Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholars or Group Study Exchange team members.
- Seek membership in their local Rotary club.