Rotaract ~ Bedford’s New Rotary Initiative for Young Adults

Submitted by the Bedford Rotaract Club

The Bedford Rotary is officially assisting with the grand opening of a Bedford Rotaract club that is set to be chartered on August 7, 2021. The first Rotaract club in the world was founded in 1968 to allow young adults to develop professional skills, build networks, and help their community. These are the same opportunities that co-presidents Anisha Aggarwal (Boston University ‘25) and Fahad Alden (UMASS Lowell ‘25) are working to bring to future members of the Bedford Rotaract club.

With links to Rotaract clubs in over 159 countries, Bedford Rotaractors will be able to hear international perspectives on current events as well as learn what “service above self” can mean globally. Several young adults from countries like Kenya and India have already shown interest in joining the Bedford Rotaract club. The club plans to work on service projects with other Rotaract clubs in Massachusetts but members have the power to vote on and decide which projects to pursue. They are also free to use skills and resources from Rotaract for independent service projects and professional endeavors. The club plans to hold meetings that consist of discussions on current events, debates on trending topics, guest speakers from various career fields, leadership, and educational seminars, and active community service. The club also plans to participate in workshops and networking events.

As Rotary International makes inclusion for children and adults with disabilities a growing focus, Aggarwal and Alden have decided to make this a priority in the Bedford Rotaract club as well. They welcome anyone with any type of physical or intellectual disability to join their club and they take full responsibility for providing the necessary accommodations.

Because the opportunities provided by the Bedford Rotaract club are meant to benefit young adults, the age of members is recommended to be 18-40 years old. Members are not required to pay any dues from August 7, 2021, to July 1, 2022, but after, each member is required to pay $8 per year to continue their membership. There will be a monthly Rotaract meeting that may be in person or via zoom and members can opt-in to receive a short weekly news item with updates on important events associated with the Bedford Rotaract club. Members are free to renounce their membership at any time.

If you are interested in joining the Bedford Rotaract club or have any questions/concerns, email bedfordrotaractclub@gmail.com. They are also looking for dedicated people to be potential Rotaract board members (positions like vice president and membership chairman). Feel free to email them to find out more about these positions.

We look forward to seeing the Rotaract Club grow and we wish them the best of luck!


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