Posted by Mike Gholson and Roger Lindley

Leadership is an essential aspect of Rotary – and we offer both clubs and programs to help emerging leaders to develop their skills. Through these groups, participants strengthen their leadership skills, serve their communities, increase their world understanding, build friendships, and more.

Interact is a club for youth ages 12-18 who want to connect with others in their community or school. Interact club members have fun while carrying out service projects and learning about the world. Interact clubs organize at least two service projects a year: one that benefits their community and one that encourages international understanding. While Interact clubs receive guidance from individual Rotary clubs, they govern and support themselves. There are more than 12,300 Interact clubs in 133 countries.

Our club, CMIRC, is sponsoring the formation of a new English language Interact Club at the Chiang Mai International School (CMIS). The new club membership core is drawn from the CMIS Honor Society members. Rotarian Mike Gholson is our liaison with CMIS supporting the new club.

Eighteen students attended the first meeting and during the second meeting they elected their club officers (right).  They are currently completing paperwork to obtain their charter.  Four club officers and their two advisers will join in our meeting with the District Governor on Tuesday, October 2nd, at which time we should have a final headcount of the founding members of the new Interact Club after their meeting on October 1st.

You can see what other Interact clubs are doing around the world on Facebook and visit Interact’s YouTube channel.