I’ve been involved in Rotary for the past 11 years, consecutively, through Interact and now Rotaract. Over the last decade of my Rotary experience, the organization and the way we are connected to service has evolved.
For those who aren’t aware, Rotary International is one of the world’s largest nonprofit organizations. If you fall into the category of youth/young adult, Rotary provides you an opportunity to get involved in the organization for service, professional growth, and networking through Rotaract and Interact. Specifications of eligibility and scope have changed over-time, but the magnitude of opportunity available in Rotary to young people like us have only increased. There are many reasons why you need to join Rotaract, but this article is about a recent experience I encountered: Rotary-on-the-go.
After I moved to the United States for studies, through the Georgia Rotary Student Program, I started a Rotaract Club at Georgia Southern University and then the Rotaract District 6920, exploiting the opportunities of technology. We built online tools to connect Rotaract clubs in the district to resources and to each other so that they can learn and expand on their mandate to service, leadership, networking, and professional growth.
After I graduated from Georgia Southern, life got in the way of service. I wasn’t able to commit to weekly physical meetings due to various other commitments and quite frankly, was afraid that I will not be able to continue my Rotaract membership. I continued for my graduate education and was working full-time, so each day had less time for me to engage in Rotaract.
That’s when I searched the internet for “Rotaract e-club.”
I came across NoBorders Rotaract e-club, submitted an application and got approved. Last week, I joined the meeting while doing my laundry. Today, I was cooking.
The concept of the NoBorders Rotaract e-club is simple – membership is open to young professionals who are interested in service around the world. We meet once-a-month virtually, so you can join from wherever you are at your convenience. An additional advantage of joining an e-club is that you automatically expose yourself to professionals from around the world, creating a global network of friends.
You’re encouraged to participate in Rotary activities as a member of the club, but as a service-oriented individual, you can still take part in service projects in your community through an organization of your liking. You can also connect to other Rotaract clubs in your area to do joint projects, expanding on the idea of collaboration for service.
The No Borders Rotaract e-club has been a great experience so far, especially as a fully-overwhelmed young professional. I’ve enjoyed the ability to connect virtually and to be involved in Rotary’s activities, taking on the possibilities of a world of virtual (and physical) service.
To join and for more information, visit http://www.nobordersrotaract.club/