Big West Rotaract is a non-profit organization that provides leadership training and education to young professionals from ages 18 through 30 on the west coast of North America.

Established March 13, 2015, Big West Rotaract was founded as a result of over 5 years of collaboration projects and conferences by Rotaractors across the west coast. Big West Rotaract is an incorporated non-profit 501(c)4 organization, and is a registered Multi District Information Organization (MDIO) with Rotary International.

The primary mission of Big West Rotaract, or “BWR” for short, is to provide leadership training and education to Rotaractors on the west coast of North America through leadership training weekends, conferences, information exchange, and online resources. Although BWR is one of the newest chartered Rotaract MDIOs in Rotary International, it is quickly becoming one of the most active MDIO in the world.

Currently, Big West Rotaract’s flagship annual events are the Big West Rotaract Institute and the Big West Rotaract Conference. The BWR Institute is where the west coast Rotaract President Elect Training Session (PETS), Rotaract Governor Elect Training Session (GETS), and Rotaract Board Elect Training Session (BETS) take place. This happens annually on the third weekend of July in Northern California. The BWR Conference is an annual conference every Fall. BWR Conferences serve as an annual gathering point for Rotaractors on the west coast to receive leadership training and foster growing connections.

Big West Rotaract’s geographic scope is the west coast of North America including Alaska, Hawaii, Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Arizona, and parts of Idaho and Canada.

More information about the history of Big West Rotaract and its current structure is available on our about page.




Rotaract, an official program of Rotary International, brings together young leaders ages 18-30 in universities and communities worldwide to organize service activities, develop leadership and professional skills, and have fun. Local Rotary clubs sponsor them, but Rotaract members manage and fund their clubs independently. Rotaract members work closely with their local Rotary club(s), and may join Rotary after their Rotaract membership ends. Interested in joining Rotaract but need to find a club near you? Please contact us and we will help you find one!



We are constantly growing our database of Rotaractors & Rotaract Clubs on the west coast. We provide free networking resources for Rotaractors.


Every year we put on a regional Rotaract conference. Next year’s Big West Rotaract Conference is October 19 – 20, 2018 in Portland, Oregon.


Since our inaugural Rotaract President Elect Training Sessions (PETS) in 2014, we organize annual leadership training sessions for Rotaract leaders every third weekend of July. These are now known as the Big West Rotaract Institute.

2019 BWR Institute Coming Soon
“If we train our youth properly, we need not have any fear as to the future of the world.”
Rotary International President Percy Hodgson, 1949-50


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2015 State of Big West Rotaract Address

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August Debriefing

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Seattle Or Bust Giveaway

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