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2017-2018 District 5890 Four-Way Test Essay Contest Scholarship for SENIOR Interactors

The Vocational Services Committee of Rotary District 5890 is once again sponsoring a district-wide essay competition for 12th grade (senior) Interact club members (that are actively involved in their club) and are graduating in 2018 and are college, trade or vocational school-bound.  
1st Place:  $3,000 Scholarship
2nd Place:  $2,000 Scholarship
3rd Place:  $1,000 Scholarship
(Scholarship funds will be paid directly to the college or trade school.)
SENIOR Interactors have until November 3, 2017 to submit their essay to their Interact Teacher Adviser.
Teacher Advisers have until November 15, 2017 to submit all essays they receive from their senior Interactors to Rotarian Stu Levin. (see link above for details)

Click here to visit our "Interact District 5890" Facebook Page

On November 5, 2017, Interactors around the world will celebrate the 55th Anniversary of Interact.
As of March 2017, there are 495,880 Interactors in 21,560 Interact Clubs in 149 countries!

2017-2018 Rotary District 5890 Interact Committee Co-Chairs:
Tommie Buscemi - Email:
(281) 359-7193     Cellular: (713) 598-7129
Charlie Buscemi - Email:
(281) 359-7193     Cellular: (713) 598-7129
Frank Parrilla - Email:
(832) 396-2416
(Left to Right:  Brandon Wang, Nicole Wang, and Jenny Dang)
Interact District Governor:
Nicole Wang (Clements High School Interact Club) 
Interact District Lieutenant Governor:
 Jenny Dang (Klein Forest High School Interact Club)
Interact District Secretary:
Brandon Wang (Clements High School Interact Club)


Above is a short video about our D5890 Interact Round-Up

CLICK HERE for info about Registration and reserving a Project Expo Booth!  This is a FREE event for Interactors, Parents, Interact Faculty Advisers, Rotary Advisers, Rotarians, Rotaractors, Rotary Youth Exchange Students or anyone interested in learning more about Interact.


 Click here for our August 2017 Interact District 5890 Newsletter & Resource Guide


2016-2017 Interact Presidents that DIDN'T attend President-Elect Training Seminar in May 2016, please CLICK HERE for the PETS Handbook.

The Vocational Services Committee of Rotary District 5890 once again sponsored a district-wide essay competition for active 12th grade Interact members who are graduating in 2017 and are College, Trade or Vocational school-bound.
Shown in the photo, from left to right, Catherine Huang, Tesfamichael Neguisse, Daron Carnline, Jr, and D5890 Essay Contest Committee Chair Ron Fitzwater taken at our 2017 Interact District Conference.
The scholarships awarded were:
$3,000 1st Place - Daron Carnline, Jr. - Deer Park-South Campus High School Interact Club
$2,000 2nd Place - Catherine Huang - Clements High School Interact Club
$1,000 3rd Place - Tesfamichael Neguisse - Wisdom High School Interact Club
Congratulations to winners and to the 71 senior Interactors who submitted essays. As usual, it was a hard job for our readers to narrow down the essays to the top three.  A special thank you to many Rotarians who spent hours in reading the essays. Of course, a hugh thank you to Rotary District 5890 for making this 4 Way Test Essay Contest possible.
Special thanks to Ron Fitzwater with the Alvin Sunrise Rotary for serving again as this year's  District 5890 Essay Scholarship Committee Chair.  Ron has been committed to this committee for several years and his dedication is truly appreciated.


Rotarian Ron Fitzwater Recipient of the "Interact District 5890 Service Above Self" Award

At the 2017 Interact District Conference at Sealy High School, Rotarian Ron Fitzwater was presented with the "Interact District 5890 Service Above Self" Award, by D5890 Interact Committee Co-Chair, Charlie Buscemi.  Ron has served as the Interact Adviser at the Alvin High School Interact Club for years, plus he has served as the District 5890 Four-Way Test Essay Contest Scholarship Committee Chair and as an Area Membership Chair.  His commitment to serving his community, school, and family is remarkable.
The award was given to Ron with sincere appreciation and great respect for his years of dedication to strengthening the foundations of goodwill, peace, and fellowship through service with Interactors in his community, and beyond.  For years, he has unselfishly given his time, energy, and talent to further the principles and ideals of Rotary, the importance of Rotary's Four-Way Test and Service Above Self in the hearts and minds of our world's future community leaders. 

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How do Interactors contact their sponsoring Rotary club's 2017-2018 president?: 
Please CLICK HERE to visit their Rotary club's website.

Senior Interactors Graduating in May 2018...How do you find a Rotaract club in Texas?
If you are attending a college or university in Texas, please CLICK HERE to find out if they have a Rotaract club for you to join. 
Look at the Alphabetical List for your college's name, and I've added the Facebook page, website, and email address so you can contact them.

How do I find the new Interact logo for t-shirts, etc., and design one for my Interact club?:
Rotary recently changed the logos for all Young Leader's Programs, and all the
new logos incorporate the Rotary International wheel in the design.

The "heritage" logo looked like this...

Below is an example of the new logo that YOUR club can customize at

AND please don't forget to include the name of your sponsoring Rotary club...



Click here to see examples of the new logos...

Click here to watch a "how to" webinar about creating a logo for your club.

To design your club's logo, you'll need to create an account on, so Click Here for PDF instructions.

IMPORTANT:  You do NOT need to order a new club banner or bell since the "heritage" logo is still acceptable.

However, Rotary encourages you to use the new logo when designing your

club t-shirts, and on all press releases, event posters, etc.

Interact officer lapel pins...Most merchandise vendors don't have Interact officer lapel pins with the new logo,

so ordering ones with the "heritage" logo is perfectly fine. 

Russell Hampton Company does have a few items with the new logo, so click here to shop (You can use a credit card to purchase items, or talk to the president of your sponsoring Rotary club to see if they'll order items using their Rotary club's account) 


Watch the following video produced by the Interact Club of Hugh Boyd High School


What IS Interact? They're service clubs, and their members are amazing young leaders!
Interact is Rotary International’s service club for young leaders ages 12 to 18. Interact clubs are sponsored by individual Rotary clubs, which provide support and guidance, but Interact clubs are self-governing and self-supporting.

Club membership varies greatly. Clubs can be single gender or mixed, large or small. They can draw from the student body of a single school or from two or more schools in the same community.

Each year, Interact clubs complete at least two community service projects, one of which furthers international understanding and goodwill. Through these efforts, Interactors develop a network of friendships with local and overseas clubs and learn the importance of

  • Developing leadership skills and personal integrity
  • Demonstrating helpfulness and respect for others
  • Understanding the value of individual responsibility and hard work
  • Advancing international understanding and goodwill

As one of the most significant and fastest-growing programs of Rotary service, with more than 19,180 clubs in 143 countries and geographical areas, Interact has become a worldwide phenomenon, and over 441,278 young people are involved in Interact.

The word Interact stands for "international action," and it truly is an international phenomenon. All over the world, young people are spreading fellowship and international understanding through a wide array of Interact service activities.

What does an Interact club do?  They changes the lives of others! 
The goal of international service through Interact is to encourage and foster the advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of youth united in the ideal of service. Interact clubs organize a variety of projects and activities, depending primarily on the interests of the club members. However, within the Interact program, all clubs undertake activities to enhance leadership skills, serve their community, and expand international understanding. Together, these activities ensure a balanced club program and provide important experience and opportunities for the personal development of each Interactor.

All clubs undertake activities to enhance leadership skills, serve their community, and expand international understanding.

Service Above Self is Rotary’s foremost guiding principle. An Interact club’s service projects are designed to improve the quality of life at home and abroad. These projects often address today’s most critical issues, such as violence, drug abuse, AIDS, hunger, the environment, and illiteracy. Each Interact club is required to complete at least two major service projects annually, one to serve the community and another to promote international understanding. Each should involve all or most of the members of the club.

Rotary International's Partners:

Rotary collaborates with international, governmental, and university groups to tackle global humanitarian issues.

Working with Rotary International's Partners:

Rotary’s relationship with the following partners opens the door for Rotarians to work with them directly:

Rotary International's Strategic Partners:

We work with our strategic partners to design packaged grants for large-scale, sustainable projects that support our . To work with these partners, apply for a .

  • Aga Khan University supports health educators training and nursing scholarships
  • Mercy Ships supports vocational training and medical service
  • UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education supports water and sanitation scholarships

United Nations and Nongovernmental Organizations Partners of Rotary:

Rotary appoints representatives each year to UN bodies and NGOs worldwide. Rotary’s representatives meet regularly with officers and staff from international agencies to:

  • Discuss parallel concerns and potential areas for cooperation
  • Inform organizations about Rotary’s programs
  • Gather information about the developments and programs of other groups

Rotary appoints representatives to:

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