Emily Wood speaks during the preconvention in Bangkok, Thailand, in May. Photo by Andrea Tirone
By Emily Wood, a member of the Rotaract Club of South-West Brisbane, Australia, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Interact.
In Interact, it doesn’t matter that you’re only a teenager; you still have the chance to make a positive difference in the world. Age is no barrier when you have a group of passionate individuals and the support of Rotary.
As a member of Interact, I was given the opportunity to have fun with friends while also helping others and exploring my abilities. From door-knock charity appeals to large-scale fundraising events, we were given the power and responsibility to “run the show.” Continue reading
Alumni Relations Coordinator Diane Lopez surrounded by children in Peru.
By Diane Lopez, former Interactor and Alumni Relations Coordinator for The Rotary Foundation
I frequently contemplate on the impact that Rotary had in my personal life and career and have come to the realization that deciding to participate in Interact was the most meaningful decision in my life.
I clearly remember when I was approached to be part of the Interact Club at St. Scholastica Academy. Continue reading
Melbourne High School Interactors and Rotarians from the sponsoring club of Melbourne, Florida, USA. Photo courtesy Rotary Club of Melbourne
By Kevin Arter, a member of the Rotary Club of Melbourne, Florida, USA
Fifty years ago, my club sponsored the very first Interact Club at Melbourne High School. The Interactors at Mel High, as it is known locally, received their charter on 5 November, 1962.
More than half of our Rotary club’s members today were not yet born when Interact began. But the youngest members of our club, who are in their 20s and 30s, recognize the enormity of our club having started something so important, and are excited to celebrate the 50th anniversary. Continue reading
Australian Rotaractors and Rotarians in front of Parliament House in Canberra 21 October to raise awareness for the End Polio Now campaign. Photo courtesy of Rotaract Club of Canberra
By Kate Campbell, president of the Rotaract Club of Canberra, Australia
Standing alongside my fellow Australian Rotaractors and Rotarians in front of Parliament House in Canberra 21 October to raise awareness for the End Polio Now campaign was a truly exhilarating moment.
The event aimed to show support for the amazing work done by RI and their partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative and encourage the Australian government to continue supporting the fight against this deadly disease. Continue reading
By Antoinette Tuscano, RI Editorial staff, reporting from Bangkok, Thailand
Participants in a workshop at the 2012 RI Convention. Social media is a valuable tool for sharing Rotary’s story.
As the staff person who does much of the social media for Rotary InternationaI, I listened with interest to Rotary leaders at the International Institute in Bangkok as they discussed the power of the Internet and social media in sharing Rotary’s story.
I understand why some people hesitate to use social media and why it can seem intimidating. Like many of you, I didn’t grow up with a smart phone in my hand twittering my every thought. I’m old enough to remember a time before cable TV and having to actually get up off the couch to change the channel. Continue reading
By Andrea Tirone, a member of the Rotaract Club of University of Toronto, reporting from Bangkok, Thailand
Rotaractors take part in a service project during the 2012 RI Convention in Bangkok, Thailand.
It’s official. I have attended five Rotaract Preconvention Meetings around the world, the most recent of which took place on 4-5 May, in Bangkok, Thailand.
This experience has been unlike any of the others because I also had the opportunity to attend the four-day Asia Pacific Regional Rotaract Conference immediately before. Continue reading
By Enda Young, a Rotary Peace Fellow to Thailand, attending the Rotary World Peace Symposium
Rotary Peace Fellow Enda Young in front of a live Twitter stream at the Rotary World Peace Symposium.
On day two of the Rotary World Peace Symposium, we (class 12) ran a workshop session looking at how peace fellows (over 650 worldwide) can assist with the Rotary “End Polio Now” Campaign.
Polio has not yet been eradicated from Nigeria, Afghanistan or Pakistan and one the reasons for this is the difficulties caused by conflicts in certain areas in these countries. One of the aims of the session was to see if we could start to utilitize the alumni network in these regions and beyond. Continue reading
By Ryan Hyland, RI Editorial staff, reporting from Bangkok, Thailand
Rotaractors Marc LeBlanc and Eva Gorny take part in an icebreaker during the Rotaract Preconvention Meeting in Bangkok, Thailand.
Rotaract preconventions are a time to meet new friends, get reacquainted with old ones, share projects and experiences. Most of all have fun.
But a time to fall in love? That part didn’t quite make it in the Rotaract handbook. However, Rotaractors Marc LeBlanc and Eva Gorny did just that during the 2008 preconvention in Birmingham, England.
Both are members of the Rotaract Club of the University of Lethbridge, Canada. They went to Birmingham, as friends I might add, to represent their club as it was the recipient of the North American Rotaract Outstanding Project award for raising US$25,000 for a microcredit project in Costa Rica. Continue reading
By Sally Baumgartner, a member of the Rotary Club of Coral Gables, Florida, USA
Members of the Interact Club of Coral Gables High School take part in illuminating their school with an End Polio Now message.
Our Interactors in Coral Gables, Florida, had a dream.
At the beginning of the school year, their faculty advisor told us the club wanted to contribute to Rotary’s End Polio Now campaign, and donate a portion of their profits from a caroling competition to Rotary’s Challenge. They also wanted to take part in Rotary Day by projecting an End Polio Now message onto the side of their high school. Continue reading
By Andrea Tirone, a member of the Rotaract Club of the University of Toronto, in celebration of World Rotaract Week 12-18 March.
Andrea Tirone is a member of the Rotaract Club of the University of Toronto.
When I joined Rotaract many years ago, our club’s president was phenomenal at getting everyone motivated for the basic health and literacy project we were establishing in Krishnanagar, India.
We began the InspiReacHope project, through a partnership with a local Rotary club and non-governmental organization. It was one of the most enthusiastic, driven, and focused groups of people I had ever met. The project lasted for many years. Continue reading