The NoBorders Club socializes primarily through virtual hangouts, calls, emails, texts and social media. A big piece of Rotaract is socials – but since we are virtual, we do our socials in a different way. Each week we catch-up with each other using our Facebook Group through a “weekly check-in”. We also do more formal socials such as watching documentaries together online, participating in book club, or gaming together on virtual platforms. We also encourage our members to reach out to local Rotary and Rotaract clubs in their area to build local relationships. Through these relationships, they have even more opportunities to volunteer and grow both personally and professionally.
Forums & Facebook Groups
Having Facebook is imperative to being a member of our club. We have a private Facebook group for our members that is used to communicate updates and provide social interaction. We use the Facebook chat feature and WhatsApp to communicate quickly back and forth but all updates are shared through our Facebook Group. Outside of our club’s group, we also encourage our members to join other Facebook groups like these:
Conferences and Travel
We also encourage our members to join Rotary and Rotaract cultural exchanges. The best way to do this is by taking advantage of some of the great conferences for Rotarians and Rotaractors. In particular, we try and attend our local district conference as well as the Rotary International Convention. Thanks to generous sponsorships from our sponsor Rotary club, we have the capacity to help Rotaractors attend some of these great opportunities.
Another opportuny for Rotaractors are Rotaract RoundTrips. What’s a round trip? Rotaract Round Trips are touristic trips lasting usually one to two weeks, organized jointly either by clubs from the whole country or from a specific district/region. The program usually includes traveling from city to city, where local Rotaract Clubs organize cultural program and fun. time (lots of it). Participants (usually 5 to 10 of them) don’t have to worry about accommodation or food, all is provided by organizing clubs. Participants only pay a small fee and take care of their return ticket home.
Competition for a place on such a trip is high – sometimes more than 10 applications are filled in for every single place. Here are a few examples of trips that are open in 2018.
Clubs within Clubs?
As a Rotaractor, you can also join Rotary Fellowships and Rotary Action Groups. A Rotary Fellowship is like a mini club for Rotarian sand Rotaractors that focuses on a specific hobby or interest. There are groups for all sorts of things like beer drinking, musicians, scuba diving, motorcycling, travel and hosting, skiing, and even professional groups like genealogists, lawyers, and corporate social responsibility. Rotary Action Groups are focused more on causes such as peace, hunger, polio survival, slavery prevention and environmental sustainability. Check out their websites to learn more!