Rotary District 7490 Holds Interact Conference
By Mel Fabrikant Friday, October 25, 2013, 07:14 PM EDT
New Generations Chairman Bob Traitz held the Annual Interact Conference at The Cornerstone Christian Church. 405 Wyckoff Avenue in Wyckoff on Thursday, October 24, 2013. According to Traitz, there were about 200 Interact Students and Advisors in attendance at this well run program. District Governor Lenny Agrusti was present to address the group and give them a message. Having done this event for his Rotary District for many years, Bob Traitz was well prepared. With the assistance of Geoff Garlick, Rotaract Co-Chair, the dynamic duo put the students through many activities and learning groups.
District Governor Agrusti spoke about the theme used by Rotarians all over the world: The 4Way Test of the things we think say or do:
1. Is it the TRUTH?
2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
3. Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
Len Agrusti explained each step of the 4Way Test and how it applied to the assemblage and how they could use it. To stress this, he distributed business card size copies of The 4Way Test complete with the websites for District 7490 and Rotary International for them to insert in the back of their school ID's as a reminder. What was important is the fact that he talked to and not down to the students.
Display tables were set up in the church corridor and consisted of displays that would be of interest to the Interact group. The displays were Meals On Wheels, International Humanitarian Aid Foundation, Inc (ihaf) which has helped rebuild Haiti, Mahwah Environmental Volunteers Organization (MEVO), Rotary International Youth Exchange Committee District 7490, Price of Life, CUMAC and Interact Peace Builders 2013 from the District Peace and Conflict Resolution featuring Malala and Aung San Suu Kyi.
Rotary Volunteers, primarily from the Allendale Saddle River Rotary Club assisted by Wyckoff / Midland Park and Paramus Sunrise Rotary Club members helped with the necessary chores. The food was catered by the Market Basket and for lunch, two rows of tables were set up to feed the 200 participants in less than twenty minutes, a herculean task.