Interact is just the beginning

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

The most meaningful decision in my life

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

Birthplace of Interact celebrates 50 years

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

Interactors light up their high school with an End Polio Now message

Coral Gables Interactors

Members of the Interact Club of Coral Gables High School take part in illuminating their school with an End Polio Now message.

By Sally Baumgartner, a member of the Rotary Club of Coral Gables, Florida, USA

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