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Bellaire / Southwest Houston Rotary Club  

INTERACT is a service and social organization for young people, ages 14-18, that is guided and inspired by its sponsoring Rotary club, yet each InterAct Club is self-governing and self-supporting, giving members a chance to develop a range of leadership skills while leaning the value of teamwork. "INTERACT" stands for International Action. Interact clubs exist in some 100 countries, and InterActors act to solve problems and improve the quality of life - in their community and around the world.

Bellaire/Southwest Houston Rotary sponsors three of District 5890's 30 InterAct Clubs - - at Southwest Houston's Bellaire High School, Westbury Christian School, and St. Thomas' Episcopal School. Our club's Youth Team includes the Director of Youth Activities, the InterAct Chair, and the President, who act as a liaison with, and resource to, InterAct students and faculty advisors. Youth Team members may counsel Interactors on planning service projects or fundraising activities, visit meetings of school-based clubs, and facilitate reporting the names and addresses of new officers to Rotary's District Interact committee. They also encourage InterAct members to participate annually in "Round-Up", sponsored by District 5890 on a weekend in early September, apply for the Rotary Youth Leadership Award program, compete in the annual District-wide 4-Way Test Essay Contest, participate in the District InterAct Conference in the Spring at which officers are elected for the entire area, field charitable and humanitarian projects, and join with their sponsoring Rotary club in selected volunteer & fellowship activities each Rotary year.

The WESTBURY CHRISTIAN SCHOOL INTERACT CLUB is led by faculty advisor Sam White and has a membership of approximately 45 students.

WCS InterAct community projects have included packing and distributing food to the needy, December's Adopt a Family Program to offer assistance during the holiday season to needy families with the help of the local YMCA, entertaining sick children at the Texas Children's Hospital, and bringing cards and cookies to the elderly in retirement homes for Valentine's Day. Photo: BSWH Rotarian Nan Wagoner installed the WCS Officers, congratulating them on their commitment to the Rotary ideal of service above self and presented their pins of office. Sam White (Faculty Advisor), Krystal Onwumere (President), Philmon Baby (Vice-President:), Garner Haynie (President Elect), Johnson Hoang (Treasurer), Peter Stathatos (Secretary), Wagoner.
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The INTERACT CLUB OF ST. THOMAS' EPISCOPAL SCHOOL fielded its first service project in late Spring of 2007.

The "shower team's" smiles show how satisfied the young people were with the results of their baby supply drive, which resulted in donation of a wealth of much-needed  baby and toddler items for The Star of Hope Mission. Pictured InterActors: Back Row, L to R: Chris Cooper, Kitty Engerrand, Gwendolyn Seale (daughter of Rotarian Ed Seale), Chelsee Freeman, Gibran Shaikh, Amit Koduri, Brian Mathews. Front Row, L to R: Rachel Hannusch, Helena Duran, Emily Heerensperger, Katie Mueller, Mary Frances Dunlap.
RYLA - Rotary Youth Leadership Awards
2006-7 BSWH Rotary President Phil Nauert presented  Rotary's 2006-07 Youth Leadership Award to Glory Nwaugbala of Westbury Christian School INTERACT Club. The other 2006-07 honorees were Garner Haynie (WCS InterAct Club), Victoria Bole, a sophomore at Westbury High School, and Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE) Student Hilal Virinli (Bellaire High School InterAct Club). Bellaire/SW Houston Rotarians sponsored the RYLA winners at a leadership retreat and treated them to the luncheon and ceremony in May. Their Certificates of Distinction commended the winners' fine achievements and expressed the confident hope of our membership that they will fulfill their potential for promoting goodwill as future leaders in their community, professions, and everyday lives.







Each year Rotary District 5890 sponsors an area-wide conference where South Texas InterActors gather to exchange ideas, plan projects for the year, and get to know their counterparts in other clubs. Art Rascon of ABC13 television was a special guest at the 2006 InterAct Round-up, and Rotary District Governor Suzi Howe gave the keynote address. 

The first Interact club was founded in October 1962. Today there are more than 6,000 clubs around the world, each sponsored by a Rotary club. There are 30 Interact clubs involving approximately 2,500 students in the greater Houston area and sponsored by 25 Rotary clubs. On a District level, last year area Interactors collected 11,000 school books and filled a shipping container for South Africa, and two years ago the students raised nearly $4,000 for Hunger Plus, a worldwide effort to distribute freeze-dried food to areas stricken by drought. Individual clubs have raised money for local Boys & Girls Clubs, operated mentoring programs for middle school students and assisted cities with festivals.

Rotary's 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.


Promoting Literacy, Ethical Values in Youth ~

Gwendolyn Seale of Houston's St. Thomas' Episcopal School was named top essayist in the 2009 area-wide writing competition and received a $2000 college scholarship for her efforts. The annual contest is open to 12th grade InterAct members throughout the District.  Seale and two other area winners were recognized during a special awards luncheon hosted by Bellaire Southwest Rotary with framed certificates and gifts after the scholarship announcements. For entry information and rules, contact District 4-Way-Test Scholarship Chair Nan Wagoner.


Click LINKS below for helpful InterAct Materials to download.

InterAct BROCHURE Incoming InterAct Officer Data Form
Membership Application Form InterAct Project Data Form
InterAct District Conference Registration Form Pre-Conference Notes
Parent Consent Form Interact Organizational List
RI Statement of Policy Relating to Interact  InterAct Faculty Advisor Guide
Comprehensive InterAct HANDBOOK

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