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. Rotary Volunteers, World Community Service, Rotary Youth Exchange, Interact, Rotaractand Rotary Youth Leadership Awards — on an ongoing basis and two of the three, Open World and Rotary Friendship Exchange, as the opportunity arises. Only Rotary Community Corpsis not an actively pursued program within this district.
The goal of international service through Interact is to encourage and foster the advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of youth united in the ideal of service. Interact clubs organize a variety of projects and activities that depend primarily on the interests of club members. Within the Interact program, all clubs work to enhance leadership skills, serve their community, and expand international understanding. Together, these efforts ensure a balanced club program and provide important experience and opportunities for each Interactor’s personal development. Guidelines Interact is a dynamic program that has the potential to fuel a lifetime of service. If you’re thinking of starting an Interact club in your community, here are the basic requirements: Each Interact club must perform at least two service projects a year: one that benefits the school or community and one that furthers international understanding. Interact clubs must have a Rotarian adviser who is a member of the sponsor Rotary club. This person must attend Interact club and board meetings and provide advice on organizing service projects, fundraising, and club administration. The Rotarian adviser also acts as a liaison between the Interact club and the sponsor Rotary club. An Interact club can be school or community based. A community-based Interact club may draw members from several different schools within the territorial limits of the sponsor Rotary club. The Rotarian adviser must attend every meeting of a community-based club. A school-based club is subject to the policies and regulations governing all other organizations of that particular school. In most instances, a faculty counselor (who may or may not be a Rotarian) is appointed to work with the Interactors. In the case of a school-based club, the Rotarian adviser is only required to attend the Interact club’s board meetings. Interact clubs meet at least twice a month. To remain eligible for membership, Interactors must attend at least 60 percent of regularly scheduled meetings. Each club is a self-supporting organization that requires little or no financial support from the sponsor Rotary club. Dues, if any, should be minimal, and money for projects and activities should be raised through club activities.
District 6440 interact 2011 conference presentation
The Excitement Begins With Interact
InteractInteract is one of Rotary International’s ninestructured programs designed to help clubs anddistricts achieve their service goals in their owncommunities and in communitiesabroad, fostering fellowship and goodwill in theprocess.
What is Interact?Interact is a service club for youngpeople ages 14-18. Sponsored bylocal Rotary clubs, Interact clubsgive young people an opportunity toparticipate in fun, meaningfulservice projects while developingleadership skills and meeting newfriends. Wauconda, SAS Interact Club
Interact Goals and Guidelines• Develop leadership skills and personal integrity.• Demonstrate helpfulness and respect for others.• Understand the value of individual responsibility and hard work.• Advance international understanding and goodwill.
A Part of the Rotary FamilyInteractors and Rotarians are partners inservice. Rotarians mentor promising youth intheir communities. Interactors bring new energyto a Rotary club, inspire fresh ideas forservice, increase support of projects, and helpdevelop future Rotarians.
Interact History• Interact stands for international action.• The first club was chartered in 1962 at Melbourne High School, FL, USA.• Today there are more than 11,400 clubs in over 125 countries with an estimated membership of 250,000 youth worldwide.
About Interact• Sponsoring Rotary clubs provide support and guidance, but Interact clubs are self-governing and self- supporting.• Club membership varies and can be single-gender or mixed-gender, large or small.• Members are drawn from one school’s student body or from several schools in the community.
Program GuidelinesInteract clubs are encouraged to• Be school-based or community-based.• Have a Rotarian adviser and a faculty adviser for school-based clubs.• Meet at least twice a month. Interactors must attend 60% of regularly scheduled meetings.• Support from Sponsoring Rotary Clubs
Service ProjectsInteractors carry out activities to – Benefit schools and communities – Expand international understanding What Interact Means To Me!
Service Projects Popular projects include: • Fundraisers/ International initiative too! • Blood drives • Community Project • Clean-up campaigns • Join with other Service Organizations • Support local Food Pantry • Support School Initiatives
How to Organize a Club 1. Form an Interact subcommittee. 2. Identify the membership base. 3. Hold informational and organizational meetings. 4. Complete the Interact Club Organization List. 5. Submit the list to Rotary International.
Rotary Club SupportSuccessful ways to provide guidance:• Invite Interactors to Rotary club meetings.• Connect with area High Schools• Create an annual Rotary-Interact service project.• Establish a recognition program.• Publicize activities to the community and the Rotary world.
Interact Club StructureThe Interact board of directors is the club’s governingbody. It consists of the following elected officers: – President – Vice president – Secretary – Treasurer – Other officers as needed
Interact Club CommitteesThe Interact club president appoints fourstanding committees to effectively help carryout the club’s activities – Club committee – Finance committee – Service committee – International understanding committee
World Interact WeekEvery year, Interactors and Rotarians celebrate thecharter of the first Interact club in November.Together they participate in a variety of activities toincrease Interact awareness in their communities.
ParticipateInteract clubs• Allow Rotary’s new generations to be involved in community life and develop skills to become responsible and productive Video members of society• Are one of the most significant and fastest growing programs of Rotary service
ResourcesThe following resources are available on the RIWeb site: – Interact section – Interact Brochure – Interact Handbook Or Contact – Interact Advisor, Sam Martinez, Wauconda