The Rotaract Club of Chicago (founded in 1992) is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Chicago (The Rotary/One Foundation), the birthplace of Rotary in 1905.
The Rotaract Club of Chicago is a social and service organization for young professionals and students dedicated to the principles of Rotary. The Club engages in three main areas: International Service, Social, and Local community service. Our recent involvement with international service projects includes education and hospital equipment in Central America and water wells in Thailand. Locally, we engage in clothing and food drives, work with soup kitchens and the homeless, Habitat for Humanity, and dictionary drives. On a social level, we meet once a month for a casual meeting at a nearby restaurant and we fundraise often at bars in Chicago. On a monthly basis, we have a meeting where we invite guest speakers from a variety of expertises and backgrounds. Most importantly, we are a group of fun, diverse individuals who are looking to make a difference in the world.
Over the last several years, we have had over 20 languages represented in our club in Chicago, including English, Turkish, Spanish, German, French, Swedish, Dutch, Korean, Hindi and several African languages. We have had members from 5 continents, North and South America, Europe, Asia and Africa and look for continued diversification in our membership base and projects. With more than 7,000 clubs in about 163 countries and geographical areas, Rotaract has become a worldwide phenomenon.
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The Goals of Rotaract
- 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, difficulties and opportunities in the community and worldwide.
- To provide opportunities for personal group activities to serve the community and promote international understanding and goodwill toward all people.