The purpose, goals and ideas behind React / Interact Clubs and Conferences
By Mel Fabrikant Wednesday, September 11, 2013, 06:50 PM EDT
Interact Home Page: http://www.rotary.org/en/StudentsAndYouth/YouthPrograms/Interact/Pages/ridefault.aspx
Each year, the React & Interact clubs of our Rotary District gather for their Annual Conference in Wyckoff, to learn about community volunteer opportunities, to share their successes with their fellow school based clubs and learn how they can work together with their fellow clubs in an effort to perform community service projects and that furthers international understanding and goodwill.
Reactors & Interactors develop a worldwide network of friendships through these conferences, by connecting with local and overseas clubs. Along the way, they develop their leadership skills and initiative while meeting new friends.
React & Interact is a service club for young people ages 14-18. Sponsored by local Rotary clubs, React & Interact clubs give young people an opportunity to participate in meaningful service projects while developing leadership skills and meeting new friends. Middle School and High School Rotary Service Clubs are international organization that fosters leadership and responsible citizenship and promotes international understanding and peace.
Rotary clubs provide guidance and inspiration, but the React & Interact clubs are self-governing and self-supporting. Clubs take a variety of forms, both single-gender and mixed as well as large and small. The membership base of a club can be drawn from the student body of a single school or from two or more schools from the same community.
React & Interact clubs are encouraged to - Be school-based or community-based; Have a Rotarian adviser and a faculty adviser for school-based clubs; Meet at least twice a month.- attend 60% of regularly scheduled meetings; Require no financial support from the sponsoring Rotary club.