Interact Clubs Around the World
Clubs, Districts and Countries with Interact - a project in progress
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 11,000 Interact clubs with more than 250,000 members in
over 120 countries and geographical regions.
Brazil, India, the Philippines, and the United States boast the highest number of Interact clubs.
"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.
The ABC's Of Rotary, by past president Cliff Dochterman
Interact is a Rotary-sponsored service club for young people ages 14-18. 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.
updated from the official Rotaract
website at December 2010
posted by RGHF webmaster Greg Barlow, Malaysia. August 2011