A little over a hundred and twelve years ago, Paul Harris - a Chicago lawyer - brought together four men with a desire for camaraderie among business associates. This meeting on 23rd February 1905 in downtown Chicago became known as the first Rotary club meeting. The four went on to invite their friends and colleagues to the Chicago-based club; formed clubs in other towns and countries eventually forming an international organization interested not only in networking among business persons but also service - using member’s resources to serve / solve problems in their communities.
- to develop professional and leadership skills;
- to emphasize respect for the rights of others, and to promote ethical standards and the dignity of all useful occupations;
- to provide opportunities for young people to address the needs and concerns of the community and our world;
- to provide opportunities for working in cooperation with sponsor Rotary clubs &
- to motivate young people for eventual membership in Rotary.
Rotaract - like Rotary - has an elaborate leadership structure all the way from the club level to the international level and everyone has a chance to serve at any post. Through this, experienced business leaders use their skills to advance the course of Rotary while giving others a chance to nurture their leadership skills. As a measure of integrity, all in the Rotary family believe in the 4-way test:
Of the things we think, say or do:
Is it the truth?
Is it fair to all concerned?
Will it build goodwill and better friendship?
Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
As Rotaract celebrates 49 years in 2017, I invite you to the most awesome club. Locate a club near you – google and Zuckerberg’s Facebook, my friend, is always your friend. I’m so sure you shall thank me later.
This is a guest post by Samuel M. Karanja - President 2016-17, Rotaract Club of JKUAT. You could reach him on firstname.lastname@example.org