Comments, ideas and musings from Penny Offer
District Governor 2010-11
Rotary International - District 5040
Sunday, December 5, 2010
London-Steveston Interact Club
Ms Donovan, DG Penny, James Westmacott
On December 1st, I had the opportunity to attend the annual installation dinner of the Steveston-London Interact Club at the Quilchena Golf and Country in Richmond. The Interact club is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Richmond Sunset and has over 100 members.
President James Westmacott and I, presented Interact pins and the 2010-11 Rotary theme pins to this enthusiastic group of grade 11 and 12 students. Many thanks to Ms. Donovan the teacher sponsor and to Adriana Zylmans the Rotary club representative. The future of Rotary and the future of our community are in good hands when you meet with these wonderful young adults. Rotary is helping them to learn the importance of volunteer service and giving them the opportunity to take on leadership positions.
We have 20 Interact clubs in District 5040. This is excellent but the majority of high schools in our district do not have an Interact club. This is a great place for clubs to practice our new 5th Avenue of Service.
Interact is a Rotary-sponsored service club for young people. Made up of middle school to high school age members, Interact gives young people an opportunity to participate in fun, meaningful service projects. The word “Interact ”stands for“ international action and today nearly 200,000 young people in more than 110 countries belong to some 8,700 clubs, making Interact a truly international phenomenon.
Interact clubs organize a variety of projects and activities, depending primarily on the interests of the club members. The projects enhance leadership skills, serve the local community, and expand international understanding. An Interact club’s service projects are designed to improve the quality of life at home and abroad.