Glendowie College Interact Club
In 2017, St Johns Rotary sponsored an Interact Club at Glendowie College.
The Glendowie College Interact Club 2018 has 97 members from Year 9 - Year 12 all dedicated to contributing to the local community. So far this year we have raised money for Starship Children's Hospital through selling Easter eggs, hosted a movie night and begun work on a clean water project for our local streams. Coming up we have Daffodil Day which supports the Cancer Society, as well as plans to have a tree planting day, and collaborate with some international Rotaract Clubs. There are lots of opportunities for involvement for all members, with brainstorming sessions to make sure our projects reflect the passions of our members. It’s a great experience which helps to bring everyone closer together regardless of year group.
The 2018-2019 Rotary Contact is Megan Gallager.

Interact is a Rotary-sponsored service club for young people ages 12-18. The program gives young people an opportunity to participate in fun, meaningful service projects while developing leadership skills and meeting new friends.

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.

Interact, the Rotary youth program, was launched by the RI Board of Directors in 1962. The first Interact club was established by the Rotary Club of Melbourne, Florida. Interact clubs provide opportunities for boys and girls of secondary school age to work together in a world fellowship of service and international understanding.

The term, Interact, is derived from “inter” for international, and “act” for action. Every Interact club must be sponsored and supervised by a Rotary club and must plan annual projects of service to its school, community and in the world.

Today there are over 7,200 Interact clubs with more than 155,000 members in 88 countries. “Interactors” develop skills in leadership and attain practical experience in conducting service projects, thereby learning the satisfaction that comes from serving others. A major goal of Interact is to provide opportunities for young people to create greater understanding and goodwill with youth throughout the world.

A chance to make new friends, improve the community, develop leadership skills and make a difference to the world.

Every year, Interactors complete at least two projects in their communities, one of which is overseas, helping them build friendships and a better understanding with young people in other countries.

Club membership varies greatly.

The main points:

  • Interact is a Secondary School Age group 12-18, citizenship project
  • Clubs are self-governing and elect their own officers
  • Clubs  meet weekly or fortnightly , having fun and serving others
  • Interact clubs are part of an international organisation
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award –  Interact is an Approved Activity Provider (AAP) for the volunteering element of the Award
  • Usually school based, but can be community based
  • Interact clubs carry out local projects to benefit their community or school as well as International projects
  • Interact clubs are sponsored by a Rotary Club which provides continued support and Guidance