EVERY ROTARIAN AN EXAMPLE TO YOUTH
It is the responsibility of each Rotarian to prepare the New Generations — all young people up to the age of 30 — by improving their life skills to ensure a better future, while recognizing the diversity of their needs. All clubs and districts are encouraged to undertake projects that support the fundamental needs of the New Generations: health, human values, education, and self-development. The RI structured programs for New Generations are: Interact, Rotaract, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, and Youth Exchange. Components of the Menu of Service Opportunities (e.g., Children at Risk, Health Care, Literacy and Numeracy) also address the needs of the New Generations.
Statement of Conduct for Working with Youth
Rotary International is committed to creating and maintaining the safest possible environment for all participants in Rotary activities. Rotarians, Rotarians’ spouses, partners, and other volunteers are expected to use their best efforts to safeguard the welfare of children and young people with whom they come into contact and to prevent their physical or sexual abuse or harassment.
New Generations Month
The month of September is designated as New Generations Month to focus on all Rotary activities that support the development of young people up to the age of 30. Rotary clubs are encouraged to use the slogan Every Rotarian an Example to Youth in club bulletins and publicity material during New Generations Month.
Conferences for New Generations
At the community level, Rotary clubs should provide a forum for the New Generations to share with leaders of the community their concerns; express their hopes, dreams, and ambitions; and seek solutions to the problems that beset them and the communities in which they live.
Youth with Disabilities
Involvement by the disabled in youth projects should be sought, and Rotary clubs and districts should contact and give every assistance to existing organizations with experience in providing service to the disabled. The RI Board recommends that district governors appoint one member of their district Youth Exchange committee to be responsible for encouraging and aiding in the participation of people with disabilities in both long-term and short-term exchanges.
Interact clubs are organized for the purpose of providing an opportunity for young people to work together in a world fellowship dedicated to service and international understanding. Students at the secondary school or pre-university level, or young people ages 14 to 18 are eligible for Interact club membership.
To recognize and develop constructive leadership and personal integrity
To encourage and practice thoughtfulness of and helpfulness to others
To create an awareness of the importance of home and family
To build respect for the rights of others, based on recognition of the worth of each individual
To emphasize acceptance of individual responsibility as the basis of personal success, community improvement, and group achievement
To recognize the dignity and value of all useful occupations as opportunities to serve society
To provide opportunities for gaining increased knowledge and understanding of community, national, and world affairs
To open avenues of personal and group action leading to the advancement of international understanding and goodwill toward all peoples
In no sense are Interact clubs to be considered a part of or a legal affiliate of the sponsoring Rotary club or of RI. Members of Interact clubs are not to be called or considered “junior Rotarians,” nor may they use or wear the Rotary Emblem. An Interact emblem, dissimilar to the Rotary Emblem, is provided for their exclusive use and benefit.
An Interact club is organized, sponsored, and supervised by a Rotary club or clubs and is established following the endorsement of the governor upon certification and recognition by RI. It can be created and sustained in no other way, and its continued existence depends upon the continued sponsorship of its sponsoring Rotary club and continued recognition by RI. Within the framework established by RI, the sponsoring Rotary club is responsible for organizing the Interact club and for providing it with guidance and counsel thereafter and has complete control and supervision over all activities, policies, and programs of the Interact club. In addition, Rotarians are encouraged to recognize Interactors with certificates, medallions, pins, and seals of the Interact emblem as appropriate.
Where the Interact club is school-connected, control and supervision of the sponsoring Rotary club shall be exercised in full cooperation with the school authorities. Such clubs are subject to the same regulations and policies established by the school authorities for all student organizations and extracurricular activities. Rotary club sponsorship of community-based Interact clubs organized other than in connection with educational institutions is encouraged.
There is a standard Interact club constitution prescribed by RI and subject to amendment only by the RI Board. As a prerequisite of its organization and certification, each Interact club shall adopt the standard Interact club constitution and shall automatically adopt all amendments subsequently made by the RI Board. Each Interact club shall adopt bylaws not inconsistent with the standard Interact club constitution and with policy established by RI. Such bylaws shall be subject to the approval of the sponsoring Rotary club.
Each Interact club shall be sponsored by a Rotary club whose locality embraces the area of residence or the school(s) from which the Interact members are drawn.
World Interact Week
The RI Board encourages Rotary and Interact clubs to observe the week including 5 November as World Interact Week, to involve Rotary and Interact clubs around the world in a common activity of international scope and visibility.
Leadership Training Meetings for Interact
Rotary districts are encouraged to provide for one-day training meetings for the leaders of Interact clubs in the district, such meetings to be conducted under the direction of the RI district Interact committees, aided by the Interact representative.
The purpose of Rotaract is to provide an opportunity for young men and women 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. Rotaract clubs are composed of young adults, between the ages of 18 and 30 inclusive, who are residing, employed, or studying within the vicinity of the sponsoring Rotary club. On 30 June of the Rotaract year in which a member becomes 30 years old, his or her Rotaract membership will end. A Rotaract club year should be the same as the Rotary club year. It is recommended, but not mandated, that new Rotaract clubs have a minimum of 15 charter members.
To develop professional and leadership skills
To emphasize respect for the rights of others, based on recognition of the worth of each individual
To recognize the dignity and value of all useful occupations as opportunities to serve
To recognize, practice, and promote ethical standards as leadership qualities and vocational responsibilities
To develop knowledge and understanding of the needs, problems, and opportunities in the community and worldwide
To provide opportunities for personal and group activities to serve the community and promote international understanding and goodwill toward all people
All Rotary Foundation Scholars who are within the age guidelines adopted by the RI Board for the Rotaract program shall be eligible for guest Rotaract club membership during the period of their study in another country.
To ensure continuity in the membership of a Rotaract club, a balance in age should be maintained at all times, to the extent possible. The governing body of each Rotaract club shall be a board of directors composed of the president, immediate past president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, and additional directors whose number shall be determined by the club. All shall be elected from among members in good standing of the club. Election of officers and directors shall be held annually prior to 1 March by methods compatible with local customs and procedures, but in no case should an election require more than a simple majority of members present and in good standing.
Each Rotaract club should be strongly encouraged to mention after its name “sponsored by the Rotary Club of (name).” Each Rotaract club also shall include on all of its stationery the name of its sponsoring Rotary club.
Rotaract clubs are not considered part of or a legal affiliate of the sponsoring Rotary club or of RI. Members of Rotaract clubs are not to be called or considered “junior Rotarians,” nor may they use or wear the Rotary Emblem. A Rotaract emblem, dissimilar to the Rotary Emblem, is provided for the exclusive use of Rotaract clubs and their members. When displayed by individual club members, the emblem may be used without further information. When the emblem is used to represent a club, the name of the club should appear with the emblem. When the emblem is used to represent Rotaract clubs in a given Rotary district, it may be used only with reference to the district and its number. No publication may bear the Rotaract emblem without the name of the club or number of the district except those published by or under authority of RI for the use of Rotary or Rotaract clubs in establishing or carrying on the affairs of one of the sponsored clubs. No other use of the emblem is permitted by RI, which has legal control of the emblem.
The motto Fellowship Through Service has been adopted for appropriate use by Rotaract clubs and their members.
World Rotaract Week
The RI Board encourages Rotary and Rotaract clubs to observe the week including 13 March as World Rotaract Week and to involve Rotary and Rotaract clubs around the world in a common activity of international scope and visibility as determined by the president.
There is a standard Rotaract club constitution prescribed by RI and subject to amendment only by the RI Board. As a prerequisite of its organization and certification, each Rotaract club shall adopt the standard Rotaract club constitution and shall automatically adopt all amendments subsequently made by the RI Board. Each Rotaract club shall adopt bylaws not inconsistent with the standard Rotaract club constitution and with policy established by RI. Such bylaws shall be subject to the approval of the sponsoring Rotary club.
A Rotaract club may be organized and sponsored jointly by more than one Rotary club under the following conditions:
The governor must give approval, stating in writing that, in the governor’s judgment, the best interests of the district, the Rotary clubs concerned, and the Rotaract program would be served by the proposed joint sponsorship.
A substantial percentage of the members of the proposed Rotaract club must be drawn from within the locality of each sponsoring Rotary club.
The circumstances must be such that the organization of separate Rotaract clubs, each sponsored by a single Rotary club, would create or result in an artificial division of what is essentially a single body of young adults within the community or university.
A joint Rotaract committee must be created with effective representation from each of the sponsoring Rotary clubs.
A Rotaract club may be terminated by
The club upon its own determination and action
The sponsoring Rotary club upon withdrawal of its sponsorship, after consultation with the governor and district Rotaract representative
RI for failure to function in accordance with its constitution or for other cause
The RI Board does not recognize the right of any individual or organization except RI to circularize Rotaract clubs for any purpose except in the case of Rotaractors responsible for organizing Rotaract club, district, and multidistrict meetings.
Leadership Training Meetings for Rotaract
Districts shall provide all incoming Rotaract club officers with leadership training. The training should include a one- to two-day leadership training seminar conducted by the Rotaractors’ district committee in coordination with the Rotarians’ district Rotaract committee for all incoming Rotaract club officers, directors, and committee chairs to be paid for by the sponsoring Rotary clubs. Where appropriate, training should be included as part of the program of the Rotary district assembly. Where circumstances dictate, other mutually agreed-upon financial arrangements may be made involving the sponsoring Rotary clubs, Rotary district, and the Rotaract participants. Rotary districts shall provide leadership training of Rotaract district committees on a multi-district basis.
Additional information about Rotaract can be found in the Rotaract Handbook (562-EN) and on RI’s Web site (www.rotary.org).