The benefits of dual membership in Rotaract, Rotary

Delivering school supplies in Kashmir, Pakistan.

By Muhammad Talha Mushtaq, a member of the Rotaract Club of Jhang Saddar and the Rotary Club of Jhang Metropolitan

When I joined Interact back in 2009, I had no idea the path it would set me on or that it would change my life forever.

I enjoyed many successful service projects with my fellow members of Interact, as we assisted victims of the great flood of 2010. One-fifth of Pakistan’s total land area and 20 million people were directly affected by floods. We were able to collect a sizable sum of money and donations in kind during three days of scorching July heat. It was then that I understand the meaning of this quote by Oprah Winfrey:

“The happiness you feel is in direct proportion to the love you give.”

As soon as I turned 18, I joined the Rotaract Club of Jhang Saddar along with some of my friends from Interact, and continued to enjoy service projects that included installing libraries in five different schools, distributing school bags and stationary, helping deliver food rations to the needy, and holding a family festival attended by almost 10,000 people.

When I learned that the Rotary Club of Jhang Metropolitan was conducting a free medical camp for the poor in my hometown of Jhang, I wanted to join that club, too. This is something Rotary now allows, dual membership in Rotary and Rotaract, and I jumped at the opportunity. Rotary clubs provide young leaders like us with expanded opportunities for projects on a much larger scale.

Students in the Neelum Valley of Pakistan show off their new backpacks.

Each week in my Rotary club, I get to listen to informative speakers on a variety of topics, learn what is going on in my community, and carry all that back to my Rotaract club. I can share ideas with them and inspire them to get more involved. Likewise, I have become the face of Rotaract to my Rotary club, sharing with them the issues that our important to my fellow Rotaractors.

Dual membership allows me to be a bridge. There are so many opportunities to welcome present members of Rotaract or program alumni into Rotary. I decided to serve as my club’s membership chair next year because I am convinced there are many who are willing to join Rotary, but just need proper guidance. For example, recently, my Rotary club invited six Rotaractors who had also been in Interact with me to enjoy the benefits of dual membership.

It is a love for humanity and our fellow countrymen that compel us to play our part. Both Rotary and Rotaract give us the platform. I will have the added joy of serving as my district’s Rotaract Representative in 2018-19, the same year that my father, Muhammad Mushtaq, will be serving as the district’s governor.

Rotary and its programs for young leaders have enabled me to develop my personal and professional skills. I find it much easier to meet new people, make friends, and speak in front of groups. I have learned to be more patient and listen before I speak. I have learned the value of helping others and giving. And I have a new outlook on life. My love for this organization knows no limit.

Learn more about Rotary’s programs for young leaders and about club flexibility provisions that allow for dual membership in Rotaract and Rotary.

17 thoughts on “The benefits of dual membership in Rotaract, Rotary

  1. The Rotary has cleared the way for the member who wants to serve in both the ways as Rotaractor and as Rotarian.

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  2. Thank you Talha for highlighting the great work you and the Rotaractors are doing in Pakistan. Rotary indeed provides us the opportunities to serve and grow as compassionate and concerened citizens,, contributing for making a difference in the lives that we touch. Keep up the good work and continue inspiring others with the spirit of Service above self.

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  3. Dual membership gives Rotractors a great opportunity to know Rotary and it’s services. Rotractors can enjoy the Friendship and Fellowship of Rotarians .

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  4. Great to read this article brother..
    You’re really a great example of youth leadership in Pakistan 🙂
    Keep doing good work.. Best of Luck..

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  5. This is great. Every rotaractor should consider this. I belong to District 9212 Kenya and privileged to serve as RYLA chairperson 2017/2018. Our focus this year will be on dual membership as well as am looking forward to be a dual member. We need more testimonials about this. May I take this opportunity to invite all friends in service to our ryla 2017 Nov 16th-19th kenya. For more information contact info@rylaD9212.org/ryladistrict9212kenya@gmail.com

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  6. Rotary is an opportunity for acquaintance, for networking, for better citizenship, for ethical awareness. By joining Rotary, one can open a window to the world through the programs and projects. Rotary is indeed wonderful. Rotary is fun, a lot of fun. Each meeting is fun. The club projects are fun. Social activities are fun. The service is fun. Rotary provides one of the most basic human needs: the need for friendship and fellowship. The two top benefits of membership are 1) positively impacting the local community and 2) friendship/fellowship.

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