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Rotaract

The Rotaract Logo

Rotaract is a non-profit, non-political international volunteer service organisation for students and young professionals aged between 18 and 30. Rotaract is sponsored by Rotary International, and Rotaract Clubs are partners-in-service with Rotary Clubs.

I have grown up with Rotary - my father joined Rotary before I was born, and he has become extremely involved with Rotary at an international level. My mother also joined Rotary once it was opened up to women.

Practically all of our family "holidays" involved Rotary in some form or another - visiting projects or conferences and the like in other countries, or accompanying Dad on Rotary volunteer work. After seeing what things are really like in refugee camps in Hong Kong or in slums in the Philippines, it is difficult to ignore the plight on these people and not try to do something about it. Joining Rotaract was a natural, logical thing to do.

I first joined the Rotaract Club of Subiaco in 1997, later transferring to the Rotaract Club of South Perth in 2000. I have served several times as a District Rotaract Representative for District 9470 and have been a speaker at a variety of international conferences. But the thing I am most well known for in international Rotaract circles is creating the rotaractnet egroup. For a full list of all the different positions I have had in Rotaract, see my résumé.

When you are inducted into a Rotaract Club, the induction charge says that many of your fellow Rotaractors may in time become counted among your closest friends. This is so true! Not only have I made wonderful friends locally, I have numerous close friends overseas, particularly in Panama, Argentina, Taiwan, Russia, the Philippines... And of course there is Marcos, a like-minded Argentine Rotaractor who is my beloved twin soul.

There are over 7,000 clubs worldwide in 151 countries. I strongly encourage anyone of Rotaract age who is interested in making a difference either locally or globally to look into Rotaract.