Posted on Feb 12, 2019
Recent guest speaker Rasmus Ågren shared the history of Rotaract as well as the activities of the local club in Lund.

Rotaract originally began as a Rotary International youth program in 1968 at Charlotte, North Rotary Club in Charlotte, North Carolina, in the United States.  It has since grown into a major Rotary-sponsored organization of over 9,522 clubs around the world and 291,006 members.

It is a service, leadership, professional and community service organization (often miscommunicated as a Social Service Club) for young men and women between the
ages 18–30 (membership will usually end upon reaching 31 years of age. "Rotaract" stands for "Rotary in Action", although the name originally comes from a
combination of "Rotary" and "Interact" (International + Action), the high school level program created by Rotary International in 1962.
Each year, the Rotaract clubs in Sweden carry out numbers of service and charity projects. Beneficiaries include the City Mission, hospitals in developing countries and organizations that work with disaster relief (Shelterbox), community service (It may include collecting clothes for homeless people, beach and park cleaning, etc.) and international service (ie water purification, AIDS prevention, hunger, illiteracy etc.).
Rotaract focuses on the development of young adults as leaders in their communities and workplaces. Clubs around the world also take part in international service projects, in a global effort to bring peace and international understanding to the world. Popular activities include weekend trips &  cultural exchanges; social projects and twinning (global); “Couchsurfing” and hosting/showing other Rotaractors around. Most Rotaract activities take place at the local club level. Rotaract clubs hold formal meetings, usually every two weeks, which feature speakers, special outings, social activities, discussions or visits to other clubs. Club members get together on designated days for service project work, social events, or professional/leadership development workshops.