Interact is a Rotary-sponsored service club for young
people age 14-18. Interact Clubs can either be school or community based and are
required to carry out at least two service projects annually — one that serves
their school or community and another that furthers international understanding.
Although each club is sponsored by a local Rotary club whose members offer
guidance, Interact clubs are responsible for planning, financing, organizing,
and executing their own projects.
The first Interact club was formed at
USA on 28 October 1962.
The club had 23 members. Today, there are 6,605 Interact clubs in 101 countries
and an estimated 151,915 Interactors worldwide.
The following are the basic
policies and procedures that govern the Interact program. More detailed
information about program guidelines can be found in the Statement of Policies
Relating to Interact and the Standard Interact Club Constitution and Standard
Interact Club By-laws.
Each Interact club must carry out at least two service
projects a year — one that benefits the school or community and one that
furthers international understanding.
Each Interact club must have a Rotarian advisor who is
a member of the sponsoring Rotary club. This resource person must attend
Interact club and board meetings and provide advice on organizing service
projects, fund-raising, and club administration. The Rotarian advisor also acts
as a liaison person between the Interact club and the sponsoring Rotary club.
An Interact club can be school-based or
community-based. A community-based Interact club may draw members from several
different schools within the territorial limits of the sponsoring Rotary club.
The Rotarian advisor must attend every meeting of a community-based club. A
school-based club is subject to the policies and regulations governing all other
organizations of that particular school. In most instances, a faculty counsellor
— who may or may not be a Rotarian — is appointed to work with the Interactors.
In the case of a school-based club, the Rotarian advisor is only required to
attend the Interact club's board meetings.
An Interact club must have a minimum of 15 members.
The Interact constitution requires clubs to meet at
least twice a month. To remain eligible for membership, Interactors must attend
60 percent or more of the regular meetings.
Interact clubs are self-supporting organizations that
require little or no financial support from the sponsoring Rotary club.
Each Interact club must elect a new slate of officers
and directors annually; the names and addresses of these individuals must be
reported to the district Interact committee by the sponsoring Rotary club.
If there are five or more Interact clubs in the
district, a district Interact organization may be formed, and the Interactors
may elect a district Interact representative (DIR).
Dues, if any, should be minimal; money for projects and
activities should be raised through club activities.
Each Interact club must submit an Incoming
Officer Data Form and an Interact Project Data Form to RI annually Both of these
are available at www.rotary.org
Two Rotary clubs may jointly sponsor an Interact club
with the approval of the district governor. A substantial percentage of the
Interactors must be drawn from within the territorial limits of each sponsoring
club, and a joint Interact committee must be established and include
representatives of both Rotary clubs.
A Rotary club may sponsor more than one Interact club,
provided each club draws its members from within the sponsoring club's
territorial limits and has its own five-member Interact committee of Rotarians.
An Interact club is not allowed to merge with any other
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