WHAT IS INTERACT
Interact is a club for youth ages 12-18 who want to connect with others in their community or school. Interact club members have fun while carrying out service projects and learning about the world. Interact clubs organize at least two service projects a year: one that benefits their community and one that encourages international understanding. While Interact clubs receive guidance from individual Rotary clubs, they govern and support themselves.
Each year, Interact clubs complete at least two community service projects, one of which furthers international understanding and goodwill. Through these efforts, Interactors develop a network of friendships with local and overseas clubs and learn the importance of:
- Developing leadership skills and personal integrity
- Demonstrating helpfulness and respect for others
- Understanding the value of individual responsibility and hard work
- Advancing international understanding and goodwill
Be part of one of the most significant and fastest-growing programs of Rotary service, with more than 33,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas. Interact has become a worldwide phenomenon. Almost 340,000 young people are involved in Interact.
There will be a probationary period for Interact members in violation of the Interact Club’s Rule and regulations. This probationary period means that your membership is not yet terminated but in danger of termination. To get escape your probation you must show the club you are going to a committed member. If you want to stay in the club, please contact an officer for help.
Ways to find yourself in probation:
- Failure to attend an event that you have committed yourself to.
- Not attending the minimum amount of events and meetings.
- Poor behavior at events and meeting
The probationary period will last 3 to 4 weeks.
For recognition on your college graduation we have stoles for our graduating seniors. To get a stole you need a minimum of 25 hours and a small donation so we can order the stoles.
FEES AND DUES
Any additional fees, dues or assessments on the membership of the club shall be nominal and shall only be for the purpose of meeting the administrative costs of the club. Funds for activities and projects undertaken by the club shall in general be raised apart from such fees, dues or assessments.
Behavior is a very important part to volunteering. This also means to dress appropriately so please follow the school dress code and wear your interact shirt. Be as helpful as possible and go the extra mile to ensure that we leave all events with respect.
Your attendance is very important to us and it should be to you. Signing up for an event is a commitment, if you are unsure about your availability please do not sign up. There are a limited number of spots available for each event so only sign up if you are fully available.
For the 2015 to 2016 year we will have requirements for attendance for meeting and events. If you are in violation of these requirements you will be in danger of your membership being terminated.
This year’s requirements are as follows:
You, as an Interact member, are required to attend 60% of meetings and events (approximately 10 hours a semester). You are required to have your time card at each event you attend. You must get the time card signed by main officer at the event (this is generally going to be the President or the club advisor) at check in and check out. This is so all your hours are counted and so we have an account of where our member are to ensure safety.
*If you cannot meet these requirements see an officer for help if you want to continue with the club.
PURPOSE AND GOALS
The purpose of Interact is to provide opportunity for young people to work together in a world fellowship dedicated to service and international understanding. The goals of Interact are:1. To recognize and develop constructive leadership and personal integrity.
1. To encourage and practice thoughtfulness of and helpfulness to others.
2. To create an awareness of the importance of home and family.
3. To build respect for the rights of others, based on recognition of the worth of each individual.
4. To emphasize acceptance of individual responsibility as the basis of personal success, community improvement, and group achievement.
5. To develop life skills including self development, time management, and personal finances.
6. To recognize the dignity and value of all useful occupations as opportunities to serve society.
7. To provide opportunities for gaining increased knowledge and understanding of community, national, and world affairs.
8. To open avenues of personal and group action leading to the advancement of international understanding and goodwill toward all peoples