Rotary International is the world's first service club organization, with more than 1.2 million members in 33,000 clubs worldwide. Rotary club members are volunteers who work locally, regionally, and internationally to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace, and eradicate polio under the motto Service Above Self.
Interact is Rotary International's service club for young people ages 14 to 18. Interact clubs are sponsored by individual Rotary clubs, which provide support and guidance, but they are self-governing and self-supporting.
Club membership varies greatly. Clubs can be single gender or mixed, large or small. They can draw from the student body of a single school or from two or more schools in the same community.
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
As one of the most significant and fastest-growing programs of Rotary service, with more than 10,700 clubs in 109 countries and geographical areas, Interact has become a worldwide phenomenon. Almost 200,000 young people are involved in Interact.
Interact at Pathways
Stepping ahead to help our community has been the motive of Pathways since the school was initiated six years ago. All the students at Pathways have been contributing selflessly to improve the schooling in near by villages. Pathways has adopted 7 schools in the neighbouring villages and has worked tirelessly to build a kitchen in one of the schools.
The Interact club at Pathways though still an infant has many projects in the pipeline, like, setting up a library and a music room in the schools of Bass and Akhlimpur village. Other projects of the club for the year 2009 are eye camps, a blood donation camp, awareness drives for social issues, planting tress in the surrounding villages and setting up a computer lab in a village school in the vicinity of Pathways. In order to achieve these goals the club frequently organises fund raisers.
The Interact club of 2008-2009 had set up two computer labs in government schools. Picking up from where they left off, the new clubs is already working with the same spirit and vigour and hopes to bring about a positive lasting change in society.