Our Club in less than 100 words
We are the most international club in Brussels and Belgium. Our members are a mix of Belgians and people from everywhere across Europe and beyond. We frequently receive Rotaractors and visitors from all over the world. All good reasons to be an English-speaking club. We bring together young professionals that want to make a positive impact on the world and appreciate the pleasures of life. Each year in May, we organise the famous International Weekend which is our main fundraising event. Lastly, we don't take ourselves too seriously, hence the Manneken Pis in our Club logo. (That's 96 words!)
Pictures and even shameless self-promotion texts can never do justice to the friendship, fun, openess and energy that characterises our Club. Come experience it for yourself, you're more than welcome!
What is Rotaract?
Rotaract is a service club for young people ages 18 to 30 who are dedicated to finding innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges while developing leadership skills and making friends from around the world. The Rotaract network counts 250.000 members in 11.000 clubs in 184 countries.
Rotaract clubs work under the guidance of their local Rotary Club, and take their name from a combination of the words "Rotary in action". Rotaractors have access to the many resources of Rotary International (RI) and The Rotary Foundation.
Rotaract International is run on a District level. In Belgium, there are three districts:
- D1620 (Bruges, Ghent and Mons),
- D1630 (Hasselt, Liege, Arlon and Luxemburg)
- D2170 (Antwerp, Brussels en Namur) => Our Club is in this one
What is Rotary?
Rotary brings together a global network of volunteers who dedicate their time and talent to tackle the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary connects 1.2 million members in 35.000 clubs from more than 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work impacts lives at both the local and international levels, from helping families in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world.
Are you some kind of elite cult of rich snobs?
From time to time we love to drive our Lamborghinis to club meetings in our secret penthouse where we splurge on the finest champagnes and caviars, yes. But what's wrong with that?
Just kidding, we're a bunch of engaged people from all walks of life and we intend to keep it that way.
How do I become a member?
By showing active engagement and participation in the Club, its activities and social projects.
You're a candidate member as soon as you visit the club or attend a monthly meeting. As a candidate member you have no obligations. If you want to become a full member or "getting pinned" in Rotaract lingo, we expect you to show active involvement within the Club. You can use the following criteria as guideline:
- Attend 60% of our monthly meetings
- Actively participate in minimum two of our social projects
- Actively participate in and willing to help at our own Club activities
- Actively participate in one or more committees (Social, Party, or Culture, Sports & Fundraising)
- Attend at least one interclub activity (activities organised by, or with, another club)
- Attend our International Weekend
- Pay the annual membership fee of €50
New members get pinned at our monthly meeting either in October or February. To be pinned in October, you need to be active in the Club since March, and to be pinned in February, you need to be active in the club since October.
It takes some commitment in time and energy to become a member but you'll not regret the great moments and friendships along the way, all for a good cause!
How can I join for the first time?
We conduct formal meetings once a month featuring speakers, discussions and planning of our activities. These meetings are a great opportunity to meet our members and to get to know the work of the Club in person. You can also meet us at our activities.
Practical information of the monthly meetings:
- Usually every first Friday of the month (September-June)
- Drinks in the lobby: 19:45, start meeting: 20:00
- Four Points Hotel (Rue Paul Spaak 15, 1000 Brussels)
Facts & figures of our Club
- International Weekend
The pride of our Club, with a dedicated page.
- REM (Rotaract European Meeting)
A bi-annual conference aimed at promoting international exchange among Rotaractors. Each time, it is hosted by one of the 47 European member countries of ‘Rotaract Europe’ (the European Rotaract Information Centre) MDIO, which comprises of more than 24,000 members aged 18-30. The REM enables Rotaractors to meet, mingle, exchange ideas, cooperate, brainstorm on projects, and have fun, as well as explore the beauties of the host country.
Formally, REM includes all kinds of workshops and seminars, and an opening ceremony with country booths (an opportunity for each country to showcase their local traditions and products), a Gala Dinner, day trips around the country and an E.R.I.C. meeting. As true Rotaractors, the event also includes a social project that gives back to the community.
- EUCO (European Convention)
EUCO stands for European Convention and is the biggest European Rotaract event during the Rotary year. It gathers more than 500 guests from all around Europe and beyond. During the five days of the Convention, visitors have an opportunity to meet fellow Rotaractors, exchange ideas and attend conference sessions and theme workshops. In addition, the Host Organizing Committee provides a rich cultural program with sightseeing, guided tours, concerts and events as well as great parties throughout the conference with a special Gala Dinner and Gala Party on Saturday night.
- RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award)
A leadership experience developed by clubs and districts for young people ages 14 to 30. Each RYLA has a particular focus — building confdence, developing skills, providing professional development, or encouraging personal growth — and all of them give young people an opportunity to develop leadership skills and make new friends. Rotaractors can attend, lead, or even organize RYLA events.
A service organisation organised and sponsored by Rotary clubs for young adults aged 12-18. There are more than 12,300 Interact clubs in 133 countries.
- Rotaract Roundtrip
Rotaract roundtrips are an amazing way to travel the world, experience culture on a whole new level, and enjoy fellowship with Rotaractors from around the world- and all for a very low cost. (Unoffical overview)
The European Rotaract Information Centre was the first Multi-District Information Organisation (MDIO) worldwide. It serves Rotaractors all over Europe and aims to close the gap between Rotaractors, clubs and districts. The EuCo was the first ‘Feat of Arms’ by the newly founded MDIO ERIC in March 1988. Today ERIC supports approximately 136 Districts in 46 countries reaching over 20.000 Rotaracters in Europe.