Are there dues?
Yes, dues are $20 per semester; however, if you pay the full year upfront they are $35. If this is a problem for you, please feel free to contact us in order to come to some sort of arrangement. Dues should be paid by the 3rd meeting of the semester, or if you join late in a semester the 3rd meeting after your join date.
What does the cost of dues cover?
Dues cover your cost of membership. You will receive a badge, tshirt, and membership pin. The funds also go towards purchasing promotional materials for the club and refreshments for events and activities.
When are meetings?
Meetings are weekly. We will alternate between having a regular meeting and a presentation with guest speaker each week. The next occurring meeting will always be posted to the top right hand corner of the website. For everyone’s convenience, we survey members about their schedules before each semester to determine the best meeting day and time.
How many meetings can I miss to remain in the club?
To retain authorized membership, you are required to attend at least 60% of all planned meetings and activities, unless otherwise excused.
How do I make up a meeting?
If you miss a meeting, you may make it up by attending any Rotaract or Rotary sponsored event. If you are unsure if the activity is suitable for credit, simply verify with an officer. You must ask for a make-up meeting form and get it signed by a supervisor at the event, whether an officer at one of our events or a Rotarian at one of theirs. Turn these completed forms into the Secretary.
What are the requirements for membership?
Members must be students or faculty of the University of South Carolina, between 18 and 30 years of age, attend at least 60% of all planned meetings and activities, and pay dues unless otherwise excused. Members also must attend 3 activities per semester. Make-up activities do not count toward the 3 required activities per semester.
I can’t make the meetings. Can I still be a member?
Yes! Members who cannot attend the meetings due to a class or some other conflict can sign up as an e-member. E-members receive weekly emails and updates from the Vice President (who is in charge of e-membership). E-members must attend 5 activities each semester since they will not be meeting with other members in any other way. For credit, please complete an e-member activity attendance form and turn it in to the Vice President, either via email or in person. E-members must pay the same dues ($15/semester by the third meeting) and will receive the same benefits and materials as regular members.
How does studying abroad affect my membership status?
Members who study abroad may retain their current membership status and be excused from attendence and payment of dues for the temporary term, however may not run for office for the year in which they will be abroad. If while abroad they wish to be considered for the next year’s officers, they may participate during the election via video conference with either Skype or Google+.
What are the benefits of membership with Carolina Rotaract?
Members of Rotaract receive recognition for involvement in a worldwide service organization. Not only does it look good on applications and resumes, but the connection with Rotary can also open doors. Rotary International has thousands of clubs all around the world, in all age brackets. This network has proven to be substantially beneficial to those seeking jobs or pursuing projects and programs abroad.
There are also scholarship opportunities. While the Rotary Global Grant does not require you to be active in Rotaract, membership does help by looking good on the application, providing Rotarian support for advice and information, as well as in finding a sponsoring Rotary Club.
We offer oportunities for leadership in multiple fields. Elections for offices of a Fall/Spring term take place at the conclusion of the Fall semester of the year prior. This gives new officers a semester to shadow the current officers as Officers Elect. We have 5 offices, four of which are elected. The Past President serves as an advisor, and takes office the year after their term as President. President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary are the elected positions. Also, anyone can ask to head up a project, and will meet with one of the officers depending on the category of the project in order for us to keep tabs on the planning process.
What do you do in Rotaract?
Rotaract is responsible for 2 major projects each year, a community and an international service project. We also try to plan and participate in other service activities, campus events such as Relay for Life, and socials. We highly encourage personal and professional development through our bi-monthly presentations as well. For more information on the projects and activities we organize or participate in, please see the galleries and activities links at the top of the page.
How do I join?
You can join by sending us your name, class standing, and age via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also sign up at the Student Organization Fairs or attend any meeting (dates listed in the top right hand corner of the website) and introduce yourself as a prospective member.
Do I have to join to be on the email list?
No. You may contact us via email stating your preference to receive updates though you cannot join as a member, and we would be more than happy to add your email address to our listserv.