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Rotaract Club Constrituton

 
ARTICLE I — Name
The name of this organization shall be the Rotaract Club of _______________________________________
 
ARTICLE II — Purpose and Goals
The purpose of Rotaract is to provide an opportunity for young men and women to enhance the knowledge and
skills that will assist them in personal development, to address the physical and social needs of their communities,
and to promote better relations between all people worldwide through a framework of friendship and service.
Goals The goals of Rotaract are:
1. To develop professional and leadership skills;
2. To emphasize respect for the rights of others, and to promote ethical standards and the dignity of all useful
occupations;
3. To provide opportunities for young people to address the needs and concerns of the community and our world;
4. To provide opportunities for working in cooperation with sponsoring Rotary clubs;
5. To motivate young people for eventual membership in Rotary.
 
ARTICLE III — Sponsorship
1. The sponsor of this Rotaract club is the Rotary Club of which, through a committee of its
Rotarians, the number of which shall be determined by the club, shall provide guidance and have supportive
responsibility for this Rotaract club. The continued well-being of this club shall depend on the continued active
personal participation of the sponsoring Rotary club.
2. The basis of organization shall be young men and women residing, employed, or studying anywhere in the vicinity
of the sponsoring Rotary club. Where a university or other institution of higher education is located
within the vicinity of the sponsoring Rotary club, the student body of each institution may also be a basis of
organization. This club is not a part of, and neither this club nor its members have any rights or privileges with
respect to, the sponsoring Rotary club.
3. This club is a non-political, non-sectarian organization.
4. In the event that the sponsoring Rotary club is terminated, the governor of the Rotary district will seek to
install another sponsoring Rotary club; if one cannot be found within 180 days, the Rotaract club will be
terminated.
 
ARTICLE IV — Membership
1. The membership of this club shall consist of young men and women of good character and leadership potential
between the ages of 18 and 30.* It is recommended, but not mandated, that there be a minimum of 15 charter
members when chartering a new club.
2. The method of electing members of this club shall be determined by this club in consultation with the sponsoring
Rotary club. The method of electing new members of university-based** Rotaract clubs shall have the
approval of the appropriate authorities.
3. Each member of this Rotaract club shall attend at least 60% of the club’s regularly scheduled meetings annually,
provided that absence from a regularly scheduled meeting of the club may be made up as follows: any
member absent from a regular meeting of this club may make up such absence by attendance at a regular meeting
of any other Rotaract club or any Rotary club on any day of the two weeks immediately preceding or following
the day of the absence, or attendance and participation in a club service project or a club-sponsored
community event or meeting authorized by the board.
4. All Rotary Foundation scholars, who are within the age guidelines adopted by the board for the Rotaract program,
shall be eligible for guest Rotaract club membership during the period of their study in another
country.
5. Membership shall automatically terminate (a) upon failure to meet attendance requirements unless excused by
the board of directors of this club for good and sufficient reason or (b) by termination of the club or (c) on 30
June of the Rotaract year in which the member becomes 30 years old.
6. Membership may be terminated (a) upon failure to continue to meet the qualifications for membership, or (b)
for cause, as determined by this club by vote of not less than 2/3 of all the members in good standing.

 
ARTICLE V — Meetings
1. The club shall meet not less than twice per month, as provided in the by-laws, at a time and place suited to the
convenience of the members.
2. The board of directors shall meet as provided in the by-laws.
3. Rotary International recommends each sponsoring Rotary club to designate one or more members of its club
to attend the meeting(s) of its Rotaract club(s) at least once a month.
4. Meetings of the club and of the board of directors may be cancelled during holiday or vacation periods at the
discretion of the board of directors. The board may cancel a regular meeting if it falls on a legal holiday or in
case of the death of a club member, an epidemic, a disaster affecting the whole community, or an armed conflict
in the community that endangers the lives of the club members. The board may cancel not more than four
regular meetings in a year for causes not otherwise specified herein provided that this club does not fail to meet
for more than three consecutive meetings.
5. Minutes of the meetings of the club and board of directors shall be provided to the chairman of the sponsor
Rotary club’s Rotaract committee within two weeks after each meeting is held.

 
ARTICLE VI — Officers and Directors
1. The officers of this club shall be a president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer and such additional officer(s)
as may be provided in the by-laws.
2. The governing body of this club shall be a board of directors composed of the president, immediate past president,
vice-president, secretary, treasurer, and additional directors whose number shall be determined by this
club, all to be elected from among the members in good standing. All decisions, policies, and actions of the board
and of the club shall be subject to the provisions of this constitution and policy established by Rotary International
and its members.
If university-based, this club shall be subject to the same regulations and policies established by the appropriate
authorities for all student organizations and extracurricular activities of the university.
The board of directors shall have general control over all officers and committees and may, for good cause, declare
any office vacant. It shall constitute a board of appeals from the rulings of all officers and actions of all
committees.
3. Elections of officers and directors shall be held annually prior to 1 March by methods compatible with local
customs and procedures, but in no case shall more than simple majority of the members present and in good
standing be required for elections. All Rotaract club presidents and district representatives who reach the age
of 30 during the term of office may serve one additional year as immediate past president or immediate past
district representative, to provide continuity in leadership.
The term of office of all officers and directors shall be one year. No provisions shall be made for a term of office
shorter than one year except with the permission of the sponsoring Rotary club.
4. All incoming Rotaract club officers, directors, and committee chairmen shall be provided with leadership training
from the district Rotaract committee* in conjunction with the RI district Rotaract committee.**

 
ARTICLE VII — Activities and Projects
1. Within the limits prescribed in Section 1 of Article III, this club shall be responsible for planning, organizing,
financing, and conducting its own activities and shall itself supply money, manpower, and creative imagination
necessary thereto, except in the case of joint projects or activities undertaken in cooperation with other organizations,
such responsibility shall be shared with such other organization(s).
2. This club shall undertake among its activities at least two major service projects annually, one to serve the community
and the other to promote international understanding, and each shall involve all or most of the members
of the club.
3. This club shall provide for a professional development program for its members.
4. It is the responsibility of the club to raise the funds necessary to carry out its program. It shall not solicit or accept
more than occasional or incidental financial assistance from the sponsoring Rotary club, nor shall it make
Objective
* District Rotaract committee (composed of Rotaractors) ** RI district Rotaract committee (composed of Rotarians)

 
ARTICLE VIII — Committees
1. There shall be provided in the by-laws of this club the following standing committees; club service, international
service, community service, professional development, finance, and such other standing committees as may be
deemed necessary or convenient for the administration of the club.
2. The president, with the approval of the board, may appoint such special committees as he/she may deem necessary,
citing their duties at the time of appointment. All such special committees shall lapse upon the completion
of their duties, upon discharge by the appointing president, or with the end of his/her term of office,
whichever occurs first.

 
ARTICLE IX — Fees
Constitution Every member of the club, by acceptance of membership, thereby accepts the principles of Rotaract as expressed in
its purpose and goals and agrees to comply with the constitution and by-laws of this club, and on these conditions
alone is entitled to the privileges of the club. No member shall be absolved from the observance of the constitution
and by-laws on the plea that a copy of them has not been received.

 
ARTICLE XI — Standard By-Laws
The club shall adopt the “Standard Rotaract Club By-Laws,” together with such amendments as are not inconsistent
with this constitution and which may be deemed necessary or convenient for the government of the club, provided
that such amendments are adopted in accordance with the amendment procedure prescribed in the
“Standard Rotaract Club By-Laws.”
 
ARTICLE XII — Rotaract Emblem
1. The Rotaract emblem shall be preserved for the exclusive use and benefit of Rotaract club members. Each member
of this club shall be entitled to wear or otherwise display the Rotaract emblem in a dignified and appropriate
manner during the period of membership. Such entitlement shall be relinquished upon termination of
membership or termination of this club.
2. When displayed by individual club members, the emblem may be used without further information. When the
emblem is used to represent a club, the name of the club should appear with the emblem.

 
ARTICLE XIII — Duration
This club shall exist so long as it continues to function in accordance with the provisions of this constitution and policy
relating to Rotaract established by Rotary International, or until it is terminated (a) by this club upon it own determination
and action, (b) by the sponsoring Rotary club upon withdrawal of its sponsorship, after consultation with
the district governor and district Rotaract representative, or (c) by Rotary International for failure to function in
accordance with this constitution or for other cause.
Upon termination of this club, all rights and privileges relating to the Rotaract name and emblem shall be relinquished
by the club and by its members individually and collectively. The Rotaract club shall relinquish all financial
assets to the sponsoring Rotary club.

 
ARTICLE XIV — Administration
1. Each sponsoring Rotary club upon organization of a new Rotaract club shall be required to pay an RI Rotaract
organization fee equivalent to US$50 with the “Rotaract Club Organization List.”
2. Any fees, dues, or assessments on the membership of the club shall be nominal and shall only be for the purpose
of meeting the administrative costs of the club. Funds for activities and projects undertaken by the club
shall be raised apart from such fees, dues, or assessments and shall be placed into a separate account. A thorough
audit by a qualified person shall be made once each year of all the club’s financial transactions.
ARTICLE X — Acceptance of Constitution and By-Laws
Amendment The constitution may be amended only by the Board of Directors of Rotary International and all amendments to the
“Standard Rotaract Club Constitution” adopted by the Board of Directors of Rotary International shall automatically
amend the Constitution.
general solicitation from Rotary clubs other than its sponsoring Rotary club or from other Rotaract clubs; nor
shall it solicit financial assistance from individuals, businesses, or organizations in the community without giving
something of value in return. All funds raised for service projects must be expended for that purpose.
 
 
STANDARD ROTARACT CLUB BY-LAWS
 ARTICLE I — Elections
1. Election for the offices of president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer, and directors shall be held annually
prior to 1 March. A Rotaract club year is the same as a Rotary club year. Those elected shall take office on 1 July.
2. Nominations of officers shall be made in writing. Candidates shall be voted upon at the regular meeting following
the meeting at which nominations are made. Voting shall be by secret ballot. Those candidates receiving a
majority of the votes of the members present and in good standing shall be elected.
3. In addition to president, vice-president, secretary, and treasurer there shall be elected directors.

ARTICLE II — Duties of Officers
Voting Method
Official Duties 1. President. The president shall preside at all regular and special meetings of the club and the board of directors.
He shall, with the approval of the board, appoint all standing and special committees and, in the event of a
vacancy in the board of directors, shall, with the approval of the board, fill such vacancy by appointment until
the next regular election of the club. He shall be an ex officio member of all committees. He shall maintain communication
with the sponsor club and the district Rotaract representative to ensure they are continually informed
of all actions taken by the club.
2. Vice-President. The vice-president shall succeed to the office of president in the event or removal of the latter
for whatever cause, and, in the absence of the president, shall preside at all meetings of the club and of the
board.
3. Secretary. The secretary shall maintain all club records, He shall keep minutes of all the meetings of the club and
board of directors, and provide copies of such to the chairman of the sponsor Rotary club’s Rotaract
committee.
4. Treasurer. The treasurer shall have custody of all club funds, maintaining all necessary records and depositing
all such funds in a bank approved by the board of directors. He shall report on the club’s financial status at each
meeting of the club and shall hold all records available for inspection by any club member. All disbursements
shall be by check and with the signature of two authorized officers.
 
ARTICLE III — Meetings
1. Meetings of the club shall be not less than twice a month, and meetings of the board not less than once a month,
at a time and place suited to the convenience of the membership.
2. A majority of the members in good standing shall constitute a quorum at any regular or special meeting of the
club. Any four members of the board, one of whom must be the president or vice-president, shall constitute a
quorum at any meeting of the board.

ARTICLE IV — Fees and Dues
1. The admission for the new members shall be . Annual dues shall be per member.
2. All fees and dues must be paid before a member will be considered in good standing.

ARTICLE V — Committees
The president, with the approval of the board of directors, shall appoint the following standing committees:
1. Club service. This committee shall be responsible for attendance, membership, programs, fellowship, public
relations, and such other matters as may be deemed appropriate.
2. International service. This committee shall be charged with primary responsibility for enhancing knowledge
and understanding of worldwide needs, problems, and opportunities and developing activities to give service
for promoting international understanding and goodwill toward all people.
3. Community service. This committee shall have responsibility for enhancing knowledge and understanding of
community needs, problems and opportunities, and for formulating and developing appropriate activities for
serving the community (including the university community).
4. Professional development. This committee shall be responsible for developing a program designed to provide
information about a wide cross-section of businesses and professions and to stimulate awareness and acceptance
of high ethical standards in business and professional life.
5. Finance. This committee shall devise ways and means of financing any and all club activities requiring funds,
in cooperation with the appropriate committee.
The international service and community service committees shall each have the duty of initiating and planning
one major activity in its field each year which shall involve all or most of the club membership.

ARTICLE VI — Amendments
Amendments 1. These by-laws may be amended by majority vote of the members in good standing at any regular or special
meeting of the club at which a quorum is present, provided notice of intention to call such a vote is given at least
fourteen days earlier at a meeting of the club at which a quorum is present, and provided such amendment is
approved by the sponsoring Rotary club.
2. Nothing in these by-laws shall contravene any provision of this club’s constitution.
661-EN—(104)
 

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