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Written by Corina Mihaela Paraschiv   
Wednesday, 05 December 2007 23:45
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A main challenge with Rotaract Clubs (and other organizations such as Scouts, Leo's clubs, and AIESEC) all over the world is they are all self-governing. They may each choose to operate in different ways, they are independent of what others clubs do and they can use their resources in different combinations. With over 163 countries represented through 7000 Rotaract clubs, it is difficult to maintain somewhat of a unity. Certain bodies, such as district representatives, can assist in building a sense of community, inclusive of all the clubs of their district – a collection of clubs, encompassed in two or three countries. At a micro-level, however, presidents have a similar task of getting individuals with different interests and aptitudes to feel united under the umbrella of their club. This task remains challenging at each level.

It is not a coincidence if the dimension of fellowship is stressed upon by the Rotary values; it is without any doubt the best way to attract and retain members. It is perhaps the only effective way, too, to engage members to contribute to their communities in the long-term, as their motivation to do so must be intrinsic, and not extrinsic. One key element in encouraging fellowship is to pay particular attention to the interaction between members -- and to educate them.


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