Service Above Self is Rotary’s foremost guiding principle. A Rotaract club’s service projects are designed to improve the quality of life at home and abroad. These projects often address today’s most critical issues, such as violence, drug abuse, AIDS, hunger, the environment, and illiteracy. Each Rotaract club is required to complete at least two major service projects annually, one to serve the community and the other to promote international understanding. Each should involve all or most of the members of the club.
At the international level Rotaractors and Rotarians have the opportunity to attend an annual forum held prior to the Rotary International Convention. This event offers Rotaractors from all over the world the chance to meet, discuss issues of mutual interest and develop bonds of international understanding and goodwill. When young people join Rotaract, they join a community which extends across the world, bringing friendship and hope to the lives of people around them.