SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - World Interact Week is celebrated every year during the week of 5TH November to commemorate the founding of the first Interact club in 1962.
To mark this occasion with Interactors and Rotarians around the world, Interact clubs, in partnership with their sponsor Rotary clubs, are encouraged to participate in joint projects during World Interact Week.
This year the Rotary Club of St. Maarten-Mid Isle (RCSMI) invited the Interact Club of St. Dominic’s High School to attend their weekly meeting on November 5th to help chair their weekly meeting, RCSMI said in a statement on Wednesday.
“Accepting the invitation were President Lavisha Dadlani, along with her board Secretary Chanae Davis, Treasurer Jai Gangwani, Vice President Rohan Goswani and their Sargent at Arms Diya Chatani.
“They gave Mid Isle an update on their plans for Interact Week, Christmas and the rest of the Rotary year 2018-2019. President Lavisha also helped Mid Isle President Denise to give a thank you gift to their guest speakers and a banner exchange to two visiting Rotarians from Italy. To finish the meeting, Sargent at Arms Diya fined all the Mid Isle Rotarians for some minor misdemeanors.
“Interact is an international organization of service and social clubs for young people of secondary school age 12-18 that fosters leadership and responsible citizenship and promotes international understanding and peace.
“The name “Interact” was created by combining the words “international” and “action.” Interact clubs are sponsored by Rotary clubs as a program of Rotary International. The sponsor Rotary clubs provide guidance and inspiration, but the Interact clubs are self-governing and self-supporting.
“Clubs vary greatly, with both single-gender and mixed as well as large and small. The membership base of a club can be drawn from the student body of a single school or from two or more schools from the same community.
“Each year, Interact clubs complete at least one community service project and at least one project that furthers international understanding and goodwill. Interact's five primary avenues of service include the following: community, international, school, environmental, and fundraising.
“Interactors develop a worldwide network of friendships through exchanges with local and overseas clubs. Along the way, Interactors develop their leadership skills and initiative while meeting new friends.
“Interactors also often spearhead the formation of Rotaract clubs and participate in Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA). Interactors also often go on to become Rotary Youth Exchange students or Ambassadorial Scholars.
“The first Interact club was initiated on November 5th 1962 by the Rotary Club of Melbourne, Florida, USA. Two months later, the first Interact club outside the United States was established in Tanjore, India.
“There are over 20,370 Interact clubs in 159 countries and geographical areas, 80% of the world’s countries have Interact clubs. Interact is truly a worldwide phenomenon.
“Through service activities, Interactors learn the importance of, developing leadership skills and personal integrity, demonstrating helpfulness and respect for others and advancing international understanding and goodwill. Most importantly, World Interact Week celebrates Rotary’s youngest leaders making a difference in their schools and communities.”