Human society is one of the most complex mechanisms of human life. No two societies across the globe are exactly the same, but there are similarities that stretch across all societies in every nation. No human society can succeed in the long run without members of that society exhibiting a willingness to make sacrifices for the greater good.

What exactly constitutes a sacrifice can differ. In some societies military service is viewed as the ultimate sacrifice, while others place a greater value on volunteering in the local community or abroad to help those in need. An international club known as the Rotary Club taps into this willingness to serve others, enlisting millions around the world to put “service before self.”

The official goal of Rotary International, the formal name for Rotary Club, is listed as follows:

“To bring together business and professional leaders in order to provide humanitarian services, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.”

Rotary International is a worldwide secular organization that welcomes all potential members regardless of race, color, creed, religion, or ethnicity. Worldwide there are some 34,282 clubs boasting around 1.2 million members. There are numerous programs run by Rotary International designed to encourage service. The Rotaract Program is aimed at younger generations, encouraging those ages 18-30 to serve their local community and businesses.

On the island nation of Mauritius the Rotary International and Rotaract Club are active participants in the local community. The name Rotaract comes from a combination of Rotary and Interact, reflecting the expressed goal of the group to encourage participation in the community and development of the individual through service.

Mauritian citizens between the ages of 18 and 30 are open to membership and must show a commitment to the group as well as provide proof that they are in good standing in their local community. Those who meet these membership requirements are allowed to benefit from what Rotaract Clubs in Mauritius have to offer.

The primary purpose of Rotaract Clubs in Mauritius is to help young men and women enhance their knowledge and skills through service, giving them a boost in their personal development. This can be achieved in a number of ways such as answering the physical and social needs of their community, and by promoting peace and friendship in the global community through friendship, understanding, and service.

Rotaract Clubs around the world participate in different programs each year, each of which is designed to benefit their local community. For younger adults, the goal is to enhance their personal development through service. College students and recent graduates often take part in Rotaract Clubs for a chance to give back.

In Mauritius, there are a number of Rotaract and Rotary Clubs active that help provide all citizens a chance to serve the community through volunteering. The clubs across Mauritius are working hard in 2011 and 2012 to meet the greater goal that Rotary International has set forth this year for their member clubs.

For 2011 and 2012, Rotary International is encouraging its clubs to meet a new standard following the slogan “Reach within to Embrace Humanity.” The following are some examples of how the Rotaract Clubs of Mauritius are working to achieve this goal.

The Rotaract Club of Quatre Bornes in Mauritius conducted a food drive to meet the goal set forth by Rotary International for 2011-12. In October 2011 the group ran the Mega Food Collection program to collect food donations for two local organizations in Mauritius. The goal of the Rotaract Club was to collect as many food donations as possible for Couvent de Calebasse and the Association for the Welfare of Orphans and Handicapped Children (AWOHC).

The Rotaract Club of Rose-Belle had an equally admirable goal for their first project of the year. In answering the Rotary International call to “Reach within to Embrace Humanity” the club got behind the Mauritian representative to the International Gold Encounter, Dilesh Sharma Chuttoo. The event is designed to benefit children in Kenya who attend “schools without roofs.”

Rose-Belle’s Rotaract Club gathered as many schools supplies as possible to ensure that when the Mauritian representative arrived at the event he would not be empty handed.

Rotaract Clubs across Mauritius are working to help younger generations to think of the community before themselves and not be afraid to volunteer their time to help lift up everyone. In so doing, the Rotaract Club is not only helping local communities but it is also helping to develop character among the next generation of leaders in Mauritius.

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