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Shout out for Rotaract

15 Jul 2013

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By Sean Car

Young leaders of Southbank want to form a Rotaract Club to encourage young people to create positive change in their local community and around the world.

Southbank Rotary has recently welcomed a number of potential Rotaractors along to its meetings to share its wisdom and provide a forum to discuss plans for the new club.

Rotaract is a worldwide organisation and has more than 200,000 young members across 170 countries.

Southbank Rotaract will allow young people the unique opportunity to engage in social initiatives and events to help them become the professional leaders of tomorrow.

At a meeting on July 9, prospective members heard that “networking, developing professionally and filling a need to help society” were some of the key motivations to form the club.

Rotaract Southbank  spokesperson Stuart McArthur said Rotaract was a great vehicle for helping young people achieve their goals.

“Rotaract as a program for young people aged 18-30 is one of a number of stepping-stones that members of the community can become involved with in order to have fun and give back to the community,” he said.

He said that Southbank Rotary had provided fantastic support in assisting present Rotaractors establish the club so far.

“The Rotaract proposal has been taken very favourably by the club,” he said.

“As many of our members are past Rotaractors we have a lot of experience to share.”

Southbank Rotary president Steven Aquilina said Rotary strongly focussed on working closely with young people.

“Youth programs are a significant part of Rotary,” he said.

“The Rotary Club of Southbank as a club of professional people of all ages – young and old – is in a fantastic position to be able to work with young people who are just starting out in their careers.”

Southbank Rotaract currently comprises 13 members and is growing, with 15 required in order to draw up a charter and officially establish a club.

Rotaract is calling upon anyone between the ages of 18-30 to get on board. For more information visit www.southbank.org.au

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