Rotary District 5890
Greater Houston Area

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District 5890 Rotaract Representative (District Governor): 
Stephanie Kollister,

District 5890 Rotaract Committee Co-Chairs: 
Frank Parrilla (Rotarian) Email:

Lindsey Kroll  (Rotarian) Email:

Click here for our 2017-2018 District 5890 Rotaract Guide/Newsletter

Happy 50th Anniversary to Rotaract!

The 50th Anniversary of Rotaract is MARCH 13, 2018, but we'll be celebrating the entire 2017-2018 Rotary year!  Why March 13th?  That’s the date that the first Rotaract club, the Rotaract Club of University of North Carolina-Charlotte USA, was chartered.  “World Rotaract Week” will be a time to CELEBRATE with a great project!  More info to follow.

In the late 1960s, noting the success of the recently formed Interact program, the Rotary International Board realized the need for a program of service, activity, and fellowship for young adults no longer of Interact age (14-18). The name Rotaract (Rotary in Action) was selected to show the program's close affiliation with both Rotary and Interact clubs.

RI President Luther Hodges inaugurated Rotaract in 1968, with the Rotaract Club of University of North Carolina-Charlotte, USA, being the first club. The club received its charter on 13 March and had 21 members.

Within a day of the certification of the Rotaract Club of the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, the Rotaract Club of the University of La Salle was chartered in Tacubaya, Mexico. The Rotaract clubs of Florence, Italy; Gaston College and Sylva, both in North Carolina; and Secunderabad, India, were all certified in the following weeks. Since the 1950s, many Rotary clubs had been starting unofficial clubs for young adults, so this fueled Rotaract’s rapid growth in its first few years. Rotaract grew from 21 clubs in 1967-68 to 289 clubs a year later. There are now 7,000 Rotaract clubs in 163 countries and geographic areas.

Rotaract clubs were originally open to young men and women ages 17-24. Since 1991, young adults ages 18-30 have been welcomed.

Today, there are 291,0006 Rotaractors in 9,522 clubs located in 177 countries....and they are all PEOPLE OF ACTION!

IMPORTANT NOTE TO ALL 2017-2018 Rotaract Club Presidents:

We need you to "Stand Up & Be Counted!"  The ONLY way ROTARY INTERNATIONAL headquarters in Evanston, IL will know who you are is if YOU update your Rotaract club's contact information....and to do that, we need YOUR help with the following:

Step 1:  CLICK HERE to electronically submit your "Rotaract Club Contact Information" to Rotary International headquarters.

Step 2:  ALL Rotaract presidents need to start their own "My Rotary" account at  CLICK HERE for how-to info to get started!  (FYI, it might take 24-48 hours before your account officially becomes active.)

Step 3:  Rotaract Club Presidents: You also need to electronically submit your name as the club president.  Click here for a link to the webpage.  (Your Rotary adviser also needs to go to and sign in their "My Rotary" account and register you as the Rotaract Club President.  See Step 4, below)

Step 4:  Rotarians serving as Rotary Adviser: YYou need to officially notify Rotary International the name of the Rotaract club president.  (Note:  You need to complete the form with the same details that your Rotaract presidents used, so ask them for their address, email, phone, etc., before you login)  Then, go to, and login to your "My Rotary" account. (if you don't have one, please start one).  Then under the "Exchange Ideas" tab, under "Club Connections", select "Rotaract Clubs".  Scroll down and under "TOOLS", select "Update your club and membership data".  Even though you are the Rotary Adviser, click "Club President" since you need to officially tell Rotary International the name of the Rotaract club president.  Once you click "SUBMIT", it will take 2-3 days for RI to update the info, and then your Rotaract president will be able to login and add update each Rotaract member's info, etc.

Step 4:  Rotaract Presidents:  Now that your personal "My Rotary"Account is officially active, as the Rotaract President you'll need to enter the names of ALL your members so they can start their own "My Rotary" Account. avoid having your Rotaract club's charter terminated, you are required to submit this by September 30th AND March 30th.   CLICK HERE for instructions. Once you've entered each member's info, send them the link in Step 2 above.    

Step 5:   Want to connect to Rotaract clubs around the world?  The only way to access this info is to have a "My Rotary" account.  Once you've done that, CLICK HERE for instructions about accessing the WORLDWIDE ROTARACT DIRECTORY!

Step 6:   Our Rotary District 5890 leadership CANNOT access the contact details of your Rotaract members at, so we need your help to update our Rotaract District 5890 Contact List.  Please send an email to Jenna Buscemi at and include each member's name, email address, cell number, and indicate what office they hold or if they are a member.  


CLICK HERE to electronically submit your "Contact Information" to Rotary International.  Without informing Rotary International that you an Adviser, you won't have access to your Rotaract club's information!


Rotary Code of Policies requires that Rotary districts provide training for Rotaract officers and members

Rotary District Governor Bill Palko, Rotaract District Governor Stephanie Kollister, and Rotaract D5890 Committee Co-Chairs Frank Parrilla and Lindsey Kroll are requesting ALL District Rotaractor officers, and Rotarians serving as Advisers to their Rotaract club, attend the our District 5890 Rotaract President-Elect Training Seminar (P.E.T.S.).  This event will be held in September or October of 2017 and more details will follow! If they are unable to attend, there must be at least one representative there!


Want to add a Rotaract Twibbon to your Facebook photo?  CLICK HERE


Click here to learn more about chartering a new Rotaract club in Rotary District 5890.

Click here to find Rotaract clubs in Texas.

(Above video was produced by the Rotaract Sfax Métropole District 9010 in Tunisia)

What is Rotaract?

Rotaractors worldwide were asked to select three words that best describe Rotaract, and here's their answers:  Humanity.  Community.  Leadership.  Compassion.  Community Development.  Friendship.  Service.  Fun.

If you are interested in helping the community, we create local projects and help with other non-governmental organizations. If you are interested in making new friends, our friendly members hold social events. If you are interested in professional development, we offer networking opportunities where we meet Rotarians that serve as our mentors, plus we attend conferences and international conventions. If you are interested in opportunities to travel abroad, our international projects will take you all over the world to volunteer with other similar-minded Rotaractors from the world-wide Rotaract network. Rotaract will provide you with the chance to change the world!

Rotaract clubs are part of a global network of the largest service organization in the world, Rotary International. Our service efforts start at the community level but knows no limits in its outreach. Rotaractors have access to the many resources of Rotary International (RI) and The Rotary Foundation The purpose of Rotaract is to provide an opportunity for young men and women (ages 18-30*) to enhance the skills that will assist in personal development, to address the needs of their local  communities, and to promote better relations between all people worldwide through international service.


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What Are The Goals of Rotaract?

Rotaract has the following goals:

·       To develop professional and leadership skills, plus networking

·       To provide opportunities for personal and group activities
·       Serve the community and promote international understanding and goodwill toward all

·       To recognize, practice, and promote ethical standards as leadership qualities and
         vocational responsibilities

·       To develop knowledge and understanding of the needs, problems, and opportunities in
         the community and worldwide

Rotaract by the Numbers

·       Number of Rotaract Clubs in our District 5890(Houston, TX area): 7

·       Number of Rotaract Clubs in the World: 9,394*

·       Countries/Geographic Areas with Rotaract Presence: 120*

·       Estimated Rotaract Membership:  216,062*

* Data from March 2016

How does Rotaract fit into the Rotary family?

Rotary International is a worldwide service organization for leading business and professional men and women with more than 1.2 million members in over 35,247 Rotary clubs. Each Rotaract club is sponsored by a local Rotary club. This sponsorship is a result of Rotary’s belief that young people, or New Generations, should take an active interest in community life and have the opportunity for professional development. 

Rotaract clubs are either community based, university based, or a hybrid between community and university based clubs. Each club is sponsored by a local Rotary club which makes Rotaractors true "Partners in Service" and key members of the Family of Rotary.   Rotaractors organize service activities, develop leadership and professional skills, and have fun.   Rotary clubs sponsor them, but Rotaract members manage and fund their clubs independently.  Rotaract members work closely with their local Rotary club, and may join after their Rotaract membership ends. 

How does it work?

Rotaract activities take place at the club level, and THEY select which projects THEY want to do. Rotaract clubs hold formal meetings every two weeks, which feature speakers, fun, special outings, social activities, discussions or visits to other clubs. Club members get together on designated days for service project work, social events, or professional/leadership development workshops.

*Explanation of Rotaract Age Limit:
Rotary Code of Policies 41.020 item 15 reads:
"On 30 June of the Rotaract year in which a member becomes 30 years old, his or her Rotaract membership will end.
(The "Rotaract year" starts on July 1st and ends on June 30th). 

1.  Your 30th birthday was between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016 - your Rotaract membership ends on June 30, 2016.
2.  Your 30th birthday is between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017, then your Rotaract membership ends on June 30, 2017.

Click here to visit our Rotaract District 5890 Facebook page.

HOW DO YOU JOIN A ROTARACT CLUB?  Below is a list of the Rotaract clubs here in the greater Houston area: 

1.  Galleria River Oaks Rotaract Club (Community Based located in the Galleria Area)
2017-2018 Rotaract President:  Heidi C. Zhang, Email:
Sponsored by:  Rotary Club of Galleria River Oaks  (Click for their Facebook page, Click for their club website)
Rotary Adviser:  Viktor Kopic, Email:

2.  Houston Rotaract Club (Community/University Based)
Sponsored by:  Rotary Club of Houston (Click here for their Facebook pageClick here for their club website)
Rotary Adviser: 

3.  Lee College Rotaract Club, Baytown  (College Based)
Faculty Adviser:  Dr. Gregory Lattier  Email:

Sponsored by the: Rotary Club of Baytown (Click here for their Facebook pageClick here for their club website)
Rotary Adviser:  Tom Kelchner, Email:

4.  San Jacinto College - North Campus Rotaract Club  (College Based)
Sponsored by the: Rotary Club of North Shore (Click here for their Facebook pageClick here for the club website)                                                   
Rotary Adviser:   Charlotte Jackson,
2016-2017 Rotaract President:  Jakara Johnson,

5.  The University Area Rotaract Club  (Community Based)
Website:  TBA
2017-2018 Rotaract President:   Perla Rodriguez, Email:
Sponsored by the: Rotary Club of University Area Houston (Click here for their Facebook pageClick here for their website.)
Rotary Advisers:   Hank Emery,  Email:
                          Art Bautista, Email:
                          Joe Ridley, Email:

6.  University of Houston Rotaract Club  (University Based)
President:  Luis Cervantes, Email:
Sponsored by the: Rotary Club of Memorial-Spring Branch (Click here for their Facebook pageClick here for their website.)
Rotary Advisers:  Carrie Standlee, Email:  
                          Chase Hooks, Email:
7.  West Houston/Katy Rotaract Club (Community Based)
2017-2018 Rotaract President:  Raghavi Merugureddy, Email:
Sponsored by the: Rotary Club of Katy (Click here for their Facebook page.  Click here for their website.)
Rotary Adviser:  Nick Schrader, Email:

Click here to learn more about our Rotaract Professional Development and Mentorship.