I was asked to speak to the Interact Club at the high school about : “What Is Rotary and Interact?” It is always enjoyable to share with others especially about Rotary.
November 4, 2013 INTERACT Palm Springs High School
Mission – The mission of Rotary International, a worldwide association of Rotary clubs, is to provide service to others, to promote high ethical standards, and to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.
Rotary brings together a global network of volunteer leaders who dedicate their time and talent to tackle the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary connects 1.2 million members in 34,000 clubs doing good all over the world. Rotary is in more than 200 countries and geographical areas. Rotary’s work impacts lives at both the local and international levels, from helping families in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world.
The Rotary Club of Palm Springs was chartered in 1941. Projects include book giveaways to elementary students, Angel View Prom, senior citizen projects such as Change the Batteries. Scholarships are provided annually to students, and financial support is provided to senior center, community arts organizations, and internationally for water and buses.
Interact: a service organization organized and sponsored by Rotary clubs for young adults aged up to age 18. There are more than 12,300 Interact clubs in 133 countries.
Interact is a club for youth up to 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.
Rotarians contribute their time, energy and passion to sustainable, long-term projects in local communities across the globe. Projects focus on important issues like peace and conflict resolution, disease prevention and treatment, water and sanitation, maternal and child health, basic education and literacy and economic and community development.
Every Rotarian joins Rotary for his or her own reasons. Often, the reason someone decides to join isn’t the same as the reason that person ultimately decides to stay.