I had this perception about Rotaract before I decided to become a guest to their meeting back in 2010 at Ho Polytechnic. That night, all the wrong impressions were swept away. Thank you, my friend, Peter Wiafe Nkansah Jr for inviting me.
In school, I mistakenly thought the Rotaract Club was a preserve of the rich, well-doing, and privileged. I later found out that members had a philanthropic heart and are selfless people.
I have climbed from just a member, to Male Organizer, Treasurer, Vice President, President and now a Past President for the Rotaract Clubs of Ho Polytechnic and Osu-RE respectively.
Rotaract Clubs are society-unification-mechanisms. We often have different opinions of socio-economic, religious and political perspectives as people. The composition of the membership of Rotaract clubs is based on the spirit of equality between men and women.
Here are 10 reasons why you should join a ONE today;
Encouraging high ethical standards in one’s profession and respect for all worthy vocations has been a hallmark of Rotaract from its earliest days.
In their business and professional lives, Rotaractors abide by The Four-Way Test:
Of the things we think, say or do:
1) Is it the TRUTH?
2) Is it FAIR to all concerned?
3) Will it BUILD GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
4) Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
A founding principle of the club was to meet periodically to enjoy camaraderie and enlarge one’s circle of business, community and professional acquaintances. Club members represent a cross-section of the community’s owners, executives, managers, political leaders, and professionals – People who make decisions and influence policy.
Club members have many opportunities for humanitarian service, both locally and internationally. Service programs address such concerns as health care, hunger, poverty, illiteracy, and the environment. Rotaractors experience the fulfillment that comes from giving back to the community. Rotaractors believe in service above self, it is richly rewarding.
In an increasingly complex world, the club provides one of the most basic human needs: the need for friendship and fellowship. Rotary was founded on fellowship, an ideal that remains a major attraction of membership today. Club members enjoy the companionship with like-minded professionals, and club projects offer additional opportunities to develop enduring friendships. Club members who travel have friendly contacts in almost every city in the world.
Leadership is all about learning how to motivate, influence and lead leaders. Team building, fundraising, public speaking, planning, organization, and communication are just a sampling of the leadership skills that club members can exercise and enhance. Being a club leader provides further experience in learning how
Entertainment & Fun
Social activities give members a chance to let loose and have fun. Every club and district hosts parties and social activities that offer diversions from today’s demanding professional and personal schedules.
With more than 20,300 clubs in over 159 countries & geographical areas, Rotaractors gain an understanding of humanitarian issues through international service projects and exchange programs. One of our highest objectives is to build goodwill and peace throughout the world.
Around the world, practically every religion, country, culture, race, creed, political persuasion, language, color and ethnic identity is represented among members of Rotaract. Rotaract is a cross-section of the world’s most prominent citizens who are aware of their cultures and have developed a love of working with people everywhere. They become better citizens of their countries in the process.
Absence of an Rotaract Official Creed
The organization has no secret handshake, no official creed, no secret meetings or rituals. It is an open society of men and women who simply believe in helping others.
Public Speaking Skills
Many individuals who joined this club pr organization were uncomfortable about speaking in public. The club develops confidence and skill in public communication and the opportunity to practice and perfect these skills.
After learning all the above, I have resolved to join one. Also, influence many of your friends to do so. If the is a certificate of any importance to you, a Rotaract club is like an International NGO and can be a nice boost to your CV wherever you’re applying – be it a job or higher education.
Ready to join one? Hit me up and tag along for the next meeting. Any queries please share with me in the comment section.