How to start and support a Rotaract club:

Consider the many ways a Rotaract club could benefit your community and your club’s service impact. Discuss whether a community-based Rotaract club (drawing on young professionals and/or students from different colleges or universities) or a Rotaract club based in one college or university is most feasible in your area. In making this decision, consider the professional, community, and family connections your members have. Select a Rotarian or two from your club to lead the recruitment effort, but all members should promote and support a budding Rotaract club.

Involve other stakeholders:

School-based clubs work with school officials or a faculty adviser to find students who might be interested in joining a Rotaract club. For a community-based club, give promotional materials to community partners. Promote Rotaract through social media.

Your District Rotaract Chair (Rotarian) and District Rotaract Representative (youth) can support your efforts to start a Rotaract club. Your club can partner with other clubs to sponsor and share responsibilities. Contact District Youth Chairs to help you invite past Interactors, RYLA alumni, and former Youth Exchange students to discover new opportunities through Rotaract.

Kicking off & chartering a Rotaract club:

When you are ready, invite students, young professionals, and service-minded young people, including those from diverse backgrounds, to attend a meeting to learn more about Rotary and Rotaract.

Each Rotaract club has a president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, and Board of Directors. Clubs can create additional officer posts and define their roles in the club’s bylaws.

Visit the Rotaract section of the Rotary International website for more information about forming and chartering, suggested bylaws, Constitution, Rotaract Club Certification form, Rotaract Handbook, and more.


When the chartering certificate arrives, celebrate the partnership between the Rotaract club and the sponsoring Rotary club. A chartering event can also strengthen the connection between Rotaractors and your Rotary District. Invite Rotaractors, Interactors, alumni, family members, school administrators and teachers, community partners, Rotarians and District leaders.