Q: What is Rotary?

A: Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who come together to make positive, lasting change in communities at home and abroad. As you travel the world, you make recognize our Rotary wheel logo!  For more than 110 years, Rotary members have used their passion, energy, and intelligence to take action on sustainable projects.  From literacy and peace to water and health, we are always working to better our world, and we stay committed to the end.  Our motto is Service Above Self.  Rotary members believe that we have a shared responsibility to take action on our world’s most persistent issues.  Our 35,000+ clubs work together to:

  • Promote peace
  • Fight disease
  • Provide clean water, sanitation, and hygiene
  • Save mothers and children
  • Support education
  • Grow local economies
  • Protect the environment
Within Rotary, there is also Rotaract for people ages 18 and older and Interact for those ages 12-18.  Learn more at www.rotary.org.

Q: What is Rotaract?
A: Rotaract is a global movement of young leaders who are developing innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. Rotaract clubs bring together people ages 18 and older to exchange ideas with leaders, develop leadership and professional skills, and have fun through service. There are around 300,000 Rotaractors around the world in 177 countries.  They are connected through the established Rotary network which is a network made up of over 1.2 million Rotarians.  While Rotary clubs serve as sponsors, Rotaract clubs decide how to organize and run their club and what projects and activities to carry out. Our sponsoring club is the State of Jefferson Rotary eClub and we are both based in Rotary District 5110. This club is also a part of the Big West Rotaract MDIO.  This is the first Rotaract eClub in the world and the only Rotaract club that allows members to live anywhere in the world to join. As long as you have internet access, you can be a member!


Q: What is the difference between an eClub and regular Rotaract Club?
A: Traditional Rotaract clubs meet in person at in a public place or private meeting room on a regular basis.  Our eClub is designed for people who travel often, can’t sneak away from work for a lunch meeting, or are just busy and need to be able to participate on their own time.  All of our meetings are available online with speakers being recorded so that members can watch at their leisure.  We communicate mostly through email and our Slack Channels to share updates and information members may be interested in. With most young professionals having a little more uncertainty in their life, an eClub may be the best way to feel comfortable committing to a club.


Q: How do your members stay in contact?
A: Our members are located all over the world so we utilize technology and social media networks to stay in touch. We have our meetings posted twice a month online in a blog type format with the ability to comment, like and share. We also utilize our Slack Channels to share relevant articles, events and club updates. Lastly, we utilize ZOOM to meet with our committees on a regular basis so that we all get some time face to face. In the near future we will be rolling out online webinars with speakers which will be another opportunity for our members to connect.


Q: How much are your membership dues?
A: Every Rotaract club has different dues. Our dues work on a sliding scale dependent on the country you live in.  If you are living in a country that is NOT the United States, Canada or countries of Western Europe, you may be eligible for lower dues.  Dues start at $30 USD per year. A conversation is had with each new member to determine the due payment that works best for you. Payments are available through PayPal online. Dues help us provide our online presence and give us opportunities to purchase merchandise for our members or sponsor service projects.

Q: How can I join? What are the requirements?
A: Once you’ve applied to be a member, we will contact you for a one-on-one meeting to answer questions and make sure you are a good fit. If approved, you will be given a 3 month trial membership and at the end of the trial, the board will either grant or deny your membership depending on if the club is a good fit for you.  If you have any questions or problems applying, please submit a contact form clicking on the “Contact Us” tab.