Rotary Club observes World Interact Week

Rotary Club St. Maarten-Mid Isle with the St. Dominic High Interact Club.

PHILIPSBURG–World Interact Week is celebrated every year during the second week in November to celebrate the founding patrons of the first Interact Club in 1962. To mark this occasion with Interactors and Rotarians around the world, Interact Clubs, in partnership with their sponsor Rotary Clubs are encouraged to participate in joint projects during World Interact Week.  

  This year, Rotary Club of St. Maarten-Mid Isle invited members of St. Dominic High School Interact Club to chair part of its weekly meetings. Accepting the invitation were President Naisha, board Secretary Lavisha, Treasurer Mahima, Vanesca and Sergeant-at-Arms Vemlash.

  They gave an update on their plans for Christmas and the rest of the Rotary year 2017-2018 and, to finish, Sergeant-at-Arms Vemlash fined all the Mid Isle Rotarians for some minor misdemeanours.

  Interact is an international organisation of service and social clubs for young people of secondary school age (12-18) that fosters leadership and responsible citizenship, and promotes international understanding and peace.

  The name “Interact” was created by combining the words “international” and “action.” Interact Clubs are sponsored by Rotary Clubs as a program of Rotary International. Rotary Clubs provide guidance and inspiration, but the Interact Clubs are self-governing and self-supporting.

  Clubs vary greatly, both single-gender and mixed as well as large and small. The membership base of a club can be drawn from the student body of a single school or from two or more schools in the same community.

  Interact Clubs complete at least one community service project each year and at least one project that furthers international understanding and goodwill. Interact’s five primary avenues of service are community, international, school, environmental and fundraising. Interactors develop a worldwide network of friendships through exchanges with local and overseas clubs.

  Along the way, Interactors develop their leadership skills and initiative while meeting new friends. Interactors often spearhead the formation of Rotaract Clubs and participate in Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA). Interactors also often go on to become Rotary Youth Exchange students or Ambassadorial Scholars.

  The first Interact Club was initiated in 1962 by the Rotary Club of Melbourne, Florida, USA. Two months later, the first Interact Club outside the United States was established in Tanjore, India. Today, almost 200,000 members worldwide are participating in more than 8,600 Interact Clubs in 110 countries and geographical areas.

  Rotary Club of St. Maarten-Mid Isle meets at Pineapple Pete in Simpson Bay at 7:00pm Tuesday. For more information, contact 

[email protected] or visit its Facebook page Rotary Club of St. Maarten-Mid Isle.

Source: The Daily Herald