Clarke Counry Revives Interact Club at Clarke County High School
The Interact Club at Clarke County High School is becoming active again, thanks to the leadership of the Clarke County Rotary Club. Club President Dale contacted the high school and identified two first year math teachers, Linda Sedighzadeh and Tony Bernal, who agreed to take on the challenge of teacher advisors for the Interact Club of Clarke County High School.
This Interact Club was chartered on October 15, 1998, but has seen a number of years of inactivity. An informal meeting for students was held last Spring to begin planning for this school year. Three additional planning meetings with the students and advisors will be held this month which should result in the reactivation of the club.
Some of the service activities being planned for the Interact Club include: “Rotarians Against Hunger” meal packaging event sponsored by the Area 1 Rotary Clubs of Clarke, Frederick, Winchester, Front Royal and Warren County and Feed Our Neighbor food collection to support FISH Organization's local area food bank.
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Interact is Rotary International's service club for young people ages 14 to 18. Interact clubs are sponsored by individual Rotary clubs, which provide support and guidance, but they are self-governing and self-supporting.
Club membership varies greatly. Clubs can be single gender or mixed, large or small. They can draw from the student body of a single school or from two or more schools in the same community.
Each year, Interact clubs complete at least two community service projects, one of which furthers international understanding and goodwill. Through these efforts, Interactors develop a network of friendships with local and overseas clubs and learn the importance of
Developing leadership skills and personal integrity
Demonstrating helpfulness and respect for others
Understanding the value of individual responsibility and hard work
Advancing international understanding and goodwill
As one of the most significant and fastest-growing programs of Rotary service, with more than 10,700 clubs in 109 countries and geographical areas, Interact has become a worldwide phenomenon. Almost 200,000 young people are involved in Interact.
January 2010 Interact Updates
Interact volunteers have been busy over the past few months with several community projects.One project involved helping The Salvation Army with its holiday fundraising at the Handy Mart in Waterloo, VA.In hopes of attracting more interest, Interact volunteers sang their renditions of familiar holiday carols as patrons entered and exited the Holiday Mart.Stated simply – despite the cold, we had a blast!
Another project (and one that will be ongoing) is the pickup of boxes of food from Food Lion for temporary storage at Mrs. Murphy’s home and eventual delivery to the Berryville food bank and families in need.
Two of our members, Laura Evans and Kelly McGrath, attended the RYLA convention in Blacksburg, VA during the first part of December.Both members thoroughly enjoyed themselves and came back with new friends and wonderful memories from this special experience.RYLA is the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards event where Interact members from all over Virginia join to learn more about leadership and community.
Two activities on the horizon for our members are the Steps to Literacy and Rotarians Against Hunger projects.Cloth tote bags will be stuffed with literary goodies (books) at Handley Library the last weekend of January.These totes may be checked out by library patrons and are designed to make reading fun for small children.Interact members will also be starting a Quarter Campaign Against Hunger to raise quarters in support of the Rotarians Against Hunger project.The purpose of this project is to create boxes of food for distribution to needy persons in other countries, and with the tragedy that has just occurred in Haiti, we imagine that the need for assistance will be heightened.
Lastly, our lucky members are looking forward to the annual Rotary Convention at The Homestead on March 20.Here they will join thousands of other Interact and Rotarian members from all over Virginia to enjoy a wide variety of experiences and opportunities.
And just as a reminder:If you are interested in joining Interact, our doors are always open.
Please email or see Ms. Sedighzadeh in Trailer 2 for a membership application.