Advisor Ann Constantino said more students are becoming interested as they find out about the club. Interact is a student’s chance to make new friends, improve the community, develop leadership skills and make a difference in the world.
Interact clubs are self-governing and financially independent, making it possible to choose and carry out service projects that the students care about. Members can meet youth from around the world and in their community who are interested in making the world a better place. With more than 12,000 clubs, 250,000 Interactors in over 120 countries and geographical areas, Interact is a worldwide phenomenon.
Interact clubs carry out two community projects each year, including one that furthers international understanding and goodwill.
Interactors throughout the world have been donating relief supplies to victims of natural disasters, organizing fundraisers to purchase books for needy schools, and volunteering their time and energy in their own communities.
Rotarian Don Orazem said, “This is going to be a collaboration between the Rotary Club and the students. We may be small, but we’re part of a much bigger world and we’re trying to get back to those things involving our youth.”
Interact believes that just because you may only be 16 years old, it doesn’t mean you can’t start changing the world. Projects generated by students tend to be very well received by local communities.
Fortuna Sunrise Rotary member and district governor-elect Erin Dunn said, “This is a great opportunity to get to know students. Use each other to fundraise for your projects. I’m excited for both the kids and the Rotarians.”
The biggest project facing the South Fork club this year is building up the club, recruiting more members and establishing it as an official club on campus. Constantino said they are currently working with the Associated Student Body and will be meeting as often as possible during the lunch hour. She said these kids are extremely busy but they will make it work.
Constantino will be taking a break from the organizing for a while and teacher Aletta Saur will be taking over the reins as the student advisor.
REDWOOD TIMES PHOTO BY SUSAN GARDNER
Garberville Rotary president David Katz, left, and Interact liaison Rotarian Don Orazem welcomed Interact members Ariell Williams, South Fork High School advisor Ann Constantino, Emma Valk, Elizabeth Kubik, Ella Scott, Dylan Knostman, Eli Kahan, and Rylie Miller.