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INTERACT Best Practices Chuck Fitzgerald Rotary Club of Peoria April 22, 2006.

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1 INTERACT Best Practices Chuck Fitzgerald Rotary Club of Peoria April 22, 2006

2 Statement of Conduct for Working with Youth Rotary International is committed to creating and maintaining the safest possible environment for all participants in Rotary activities. It is the duty of all Rotarians, Rotarians’ partners, and any volunteers to safeguard to the best of their ability the welfare of and to prevent the physical, sexual or emotional abuse of children and young people with whom they come into contact through Rotary.

3 Agenda Overview Why Join a Club How to Start a Club How to Grow a Club Why They Need Us Why We Need Them Youthact Homework Assignment

4 Interact is a Rotary-sponsored service club for young people 14 – 18 years of age Interact clubs are self-supporting and self- governing but receive guidance from a sponsoring Rotary club Interact Clubs are either school-based or community-based All Interact Clubs in 5490 are school-based Overview

5 Ro Clubs, Yrator Clubs, Wheel Clubs Melbourne HS, Florida on 11/05/62 World Interact Week, November 5 th Clubs:10,716 (31,000) Countries:109 (168) Members: 246,468 (1.2M) Avg. Size:23 (39) Overview

6 31 Clubs in 5490 Boulder Creek Sandra Day O’Connor Buckeye Estrella Mountain Mohave Agua Fria Tolleson Glendale Apollo Cactus Lake Havasu Parker Centennial Barry Goldwater Mountain Ridge Millenium North Metro Tech Cortez Trevor Browne Tri-City Prep Prescott Bradshaw Mountain Sedona Red Rocks Washington Peoria Northwest Christian Sunrise Mountain Willow Canyon Camp Verde Mingus Mountian

7 Interactors paint rocks with uplifting messages to be viewed by “labyrinth walkers” at a local hospital.

8 Sample Service Projects Decorate a Pediatrics Ward Stuff envelopes for Cancer Society Serve meals to the homeless School campus cleanup Year-end locker cleanup Read to the young/old Tutor Fund International Interact Projects Teach water safety Start new clubs

9 To recognize and develop constructive leadership and personal integrity. To encourage and practice thoughtfulness of and helpfulness to others. To create an awareness of the importance of home and family. To build respect for the rights of others, based on recognition of the worth of each individual. To emphasize acceptance of individual responsibility as the basis of personal success, community improvement, and group achievement. To recognize the dignity and value of all useful occupations as opportunities to serve society. To provide opportunities for gaining increased knowledge and understanding of community, national, and world affairs. To open avenues of personal and group action leading to the advancement of international understanding and goodwill toward all peoples. Why Join a Club

10 To Help Others To Make Friends To Earn Credits To Have Fun Why Join a Club

11 Interactors and Rotarians spend their Saturday morning painting a local historical building.

12 Sample Service Projects Rock ‘n Roll Paint-a-thon Health Fair Pasta Sale Serve Thanksgiving Dinner Sell Christmas Trees West Valley Child Crisis Center Food Bank Retirement Home (finger nail painting) Habitat for Humanity

13 According to Rotary International Form an Interact subcommittee (of the community service committee) of at least five members. Establish strong interest among club members to ensure the Interact club’s success. Decide whether the Interact club will be school-based or community- based. Identify and recruit prospective Interactors. Arrange an informational meeting. Hold organizational meetings to address issues such as club’s activities, elections, dues, meeting place and time, and Interact policies, constitution, and bylaws. Charter the Interact club and hold inaugural and installation ceremonies. …..etc, etc, etc How to Start a Club

14 A Sponsor Rotary Club An Interested Student A Faculty Advisor A Service Project How to Start a Club

15 Interactors and Rotarians distribute clothing

16 Sample Service Projects Run for the Hungry Festival Volunteers Bell Ringing for the Salvation Army Malaria nets for Kenya Creek Cleanup Katrina relief Haunted House Adopt a Highway Books for Fiji

17 Involve Interactors in Rotary Club projects Involve Rotarians in Interact Club projects Invite Interactors to Rotary Club meetings Regularly attend Interact Club meetings Help find speakers for Interact meetings Help Interactors with membership development IYE students should hold office in Interact Club Tax Credits! How to Grow a Club

18 RYLA #1 Best Practice for Interact

19 Our youth want to help but don’t always know how Our youth are looking for role models Our youth need leadership training Our youth need transportation Why They Need Us

20 Interactors collect school supplies for needy children

21 Sample Service Projects Easter egg hunt Church carnival Adopt a Family Food Drive Toy collection UNICEF support Big Brother/Big Sisters Andre House Yard Cleanup Walk for Diabetes

22 Young people energize us Young people remind us Young people can do lots of things Young people are the future Why We Need Them

23 Youthact Youthact of District 5490 began in 1995 as “Rotary Life Club” Youthact stands for Youth in Action Youthact is a program developed by Rotarians, like Interact, but for youth ages 11 to 14 School or community based Leadership Development Project for Interact Students District-level opportunity is available

24 Start an Interact Club…or a second, third or fourth one! Schedule an Interact Club to speak at your Rotary Club…even if they are sponsored by another Rotary Club Visit an Interact Club meeting Start a Youthact Club Ask for help Homework Assignment

25 www.rotary.org www.rotary5490.org www.interact5490.org Chuck Fitzgerald Rotary Club of Peoria (623) 229-7674 chuck_f@cox.net


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