Celebrate World Interact Week
Interactors from Jackson Hole, Wyoming, USA, build bio-sand water filters for a village in Cambodia. Photo courtesy of District 5440
During World Interact Week, 3-9 November, Interactors and Rotarians worldwide commemorate the charter of the first Interact club in 1962. By completing four designated projects, Interact clubs and their Rotary club sponsors can receive special recognition from Rotary International.
Interact is a Rotary-sponsored service club program for young people ages 14 to 18. The program gives teens an opportunity to participate in meaningful service projects while developing leadership skills.
"Rotary's commitment to youth will not be complete if we do not also nurture healthy social values such as civic consciousness, caring for others, and concern for the environment at an early age, which is possible through support for the formation of more Interact clubs," says Mark K.Y. Wong, chair of RI's Interact Committee. "This way, we will have a ready pool of future Rotaractors, and Rotarians too."
Here are just a few projects highlighting Interactors' commitment to service:
- Six Interactors from Jackson Hole, Wyoming, USA, spent their spring break in Cambodia building bio-sand water filters for two underdeveloped villages. Interactors also taught English and created art projects with schoolchildren.
- Members from the first Interact club of Croatia organized a letter campaign encouraging other Rotary clubs to incorporate Interact. In one of their first community projects, the Interactors raised money and collected toys for a charity that supports 85 disabled children.
- All 55 members of the Interact Club of T.V. Nagar, India, helped to create a hygienic environment by cleaning the Pillayar Temple. Interactors spent a day cleaning the roof and floor, as well as painting and whitewashing the walls.
Read about an Interact club formed just for home-schooled students in Norman, Oklahoma, USA.