As a service club, Rotaract’s primary goal is to serve those in need. Rotaract supports the youth by giving each year to Great Circle. One of the primary reasons Great Circle is Rotaract’s signature charity is that it provides an opportunity for interaction between the kids and club members. Rotaract hosts the kids’ annual Halloween party and helps the kids decorate for Christmas. Recently, the club has been hosting back-to-school bashes for the Great Circle residents. Other opportunities Rotaract provides to the Great Circle kids includes going roller skating, getting ice cream, making crafts, bowling, baking, playing sports, talking about professional development, and simply being there to provide one-on-one contact for the kids in need. Members are always fundraising for Great Circle throughout the year, whether through special events or at monthly meetings.
Double Dare & Rock’n Ribs
Double Dare and Rock’n Ribs are Rotaract’s largest annual events. Double Dare is co-hosted by the Rotaract Club of Springfield and Sunrise Rotary Club, in which the two clubs fundraise for the Great Circle, the Rotary Foundation’s PolioPlus Initiative and other local charities.
The annual Rock’n Ribs BBQ Festival is hosted by all five Rotary Clubs of Springfield and the Rotaract Club of Springfield. Rotaract members volunteer for the fundraiser and serve up their own food and beverages from the Rotaract Club of Springfield tent. Rotaract has helped Rock’n Ribs reach the $1 million mark in funds donated to nearly ten local children’s charities. The 2014 event was the 15th annual event and Rotaract won it's first-ever award, "Best Booth" with Sunrise Rotary. The theme was "redneck Christmas!"
Social & Athletics
The social committee coordinates a variety of events throughout the year so members can get to know one another and develop long-lasting personal relationships. Functions include happy hours, an annual March Madness party, attending local sporting events, breakfast socials and more.
The athletic committee focuses on the spirit of teamwork and the opportunity to participate in an activity that promotes the health and well-being of our members. Events include a basketball tournament in conjunction with the other Rotary Clubs and the formation of teams for sports such as volleyball. Members are welcome to join Rotarians at their golf outings.