Don Messer with students from Stanton Elementary School in Washington, D.C.
By Divya Wodon and Naina Wodon, Interact Club of Washington International School, and Quentin Wodon, Rotary Club of Washington, D.C.,USA
How come you know so much? What kind of a doctor are you? The child who asked this question to (Dr.) Don Messer is from the Stanton Elementary School in Washington, D.C. The school is located in Anacostia, one of the poorest parts of the city. Until recently, few children passed the mathematics and reading tests, but things have improved, in part because of a tutoring program run by Don. Continue reading
By Divya Gopisetty, president of the Interact Club of Oakwood High School, Morgan Hill, California
I am amazed at all Rotary is able to accomplish. Each of you, members of Rotary, has an unyielding passion for change, a kind heart, and a determined spirit. You have discovered the importance of taking action instead of merely acknowledging issues exist. You are role models for the rest of the world. Continue reading
Zaahidali Nathu with children at the Refilwe orphanage near Johannesburg, South Africa.
By Zaahidali Nathu, a member of the Interact Club of Hugh Boyd Secondary School, Richmond, British Columbia, Canada
This past summer, I got to go on a trip of a lifetime to an orphanage in South Africa called Refilwe.
The orphanage is in a settlement just outside of Johannesburg, South Africa. Joining me on the amazing trip were seven other Interact members from Hugh Boyd Secondary School in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada, two teachers, and four Richmond firefighters. Continue reading
Interactors take part in an outdoor activity during the famine camp to raise money for World Vision.
By Janelle Tai, club service director for the Interact Club of Wesley Methodist School, Sentul, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Fasting from food and drinks except for plain water may sound like an impossible feat for us food-loving Wesleyans, but that’s exactly what we did on one weekend earlier this year for a totally worthwhile cause.
We organized our 30-hour famine camp in conjunction with World Vision Malaysia with the theme of “Fight Hunger!” In total, 120 students and 5 teacher advisors took part. We had an amazing time. The morning started off with a few ice breakers. Then, everyone headed outdoors for more vigorous activities. The highlight of the night was our Mystery Game. Continue reading
Students take part in an outdoor training session during District 5180’s Interact Presidents and Officers Training Seminar at Sacramento State University. Photo courtesy of Bill Tobin
By Bill Tobin, assistant governor of District 5180 and a member of the Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills, California, USA
How do you keep a roomful of students and Rotary members awake for leadership training? We discovered recently that busting out of the classroom, and varying the format just a bit, can work wonders. Continue reading
The Rotaract Club of Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines
By Cristina Dimaano, a member of the Rotaract Club of Los Baños, Los Baños, Laguna, the Philippines
I became an Interactor to help my community in whatever small ways I could. I had a vision for helping separate out biodegradable trash from non-biodegradable items and cleaning up around our school. As students, our classwork is a top priority, but we moved around whenever possible and responded when the community asked for help. Continue reading
The above video shows images from Danae Cooney’s service project trips to Fiji and to Cambodia with Habitat for Humanity.
By Danae Cooney, a Rotary scholar and former Interactor from Hamilton, New Zealand
Sometimes all it takes is one; one person willing to open a door, offer an opportunity and lead another.
In August 2011, I was 16 years old. I was given the opportunity to participate in a Rotary service project in Fiji. I traveled with a team of Rotarians, including my stepfather, to a small, remote village in Fiji called Saqani, where we refurbished a rotting, unusable preschool. Continue reading
Interactors and Rotarians discuss bullying and gang violence during the peace forum.
By Anushka Kurian, a member of the Interact Club of Hugh Boyd Secondary School in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada
As an Interactor, I gained a deeper respect for Rotarians and a renewed admiration for their dedication to service last Saturday, 23 February, when I had the privilege of attending a peace forum in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, sponsored by districts 5040 and 5050.
It was an empowering experience to be in a room filled with such positive vibes from both Rotarians and Interactors. Continue reading
Interactor Haley Lavergne, right, meets with Sylvia Whitlock, who in 1987 became the first female president of a Rotary club.
By Haley Lavergne, a member of the Interact Club of West Feliciana High School in St. Francisville, Louisiana, USA.
I was delighted to attend the Rotary Global Peace Forum in Honolulu, Hawaii, 25-27 January, with my mother as the winner of the grand prize in the Interact Peace Through Service Postcard Contest. The most powerful moment for me was to hear Aung San Suu Kyi speak about the power of individual kindness and compassion.
Personally, at times I feel overwhelmed how much need and suffering is in the world. Continue reading