This week our guest speaker was District Governor Nominee Bob Carroll.

Bob spoke to us with a passion about his Springdale, Washington Interact Club.

He described the Springdale community as a forest community of Spokane with very little purchasing power. The group would fundraise to support their causes, however, due to their economic situation, they would always fundraise in the more affluent areas around Spokane. Bob wished to take his interact group on an international mission, however, the club was not able to afford such an undertaking. Bob's son in law offered to donate $15,000 toward their trip in order to make it happen for the kids. 

They ended up taking 10 Interactors on a trip to Latacunga, Ecuador, (in the Andes at an altitude of over 2,700 meters), where they would assist in a rehab centre where people go through recovery, and they would be helping with a daycare. One of their goals was to take a photograph of each child for their family home.  The families are so poor that none of them have pictures of their children in their homes.

How were the students selected for the trip to Ecuador?  The 10 Interactors were chosen for the trip based on the fact that they were going into their senior year in high school, they have been involved with Interact for several years, and they have all attended a District Conference.  Eight of the students were from the student body and 2 were alumni who asked if they could pay their own way in order to go on the trip.

District Governor Nominee Bob Carroll gave the club some advice on running a successful Interact club.

  1. Running an Interact is not an easy undertaking
  2. Students do want interaction with adults in the business community
  3. School administration must be very supportive
  4. An internal advisor is required - a staff member
  5. The external advisor must be a Rotarian
  6. An Interact club cannot be self sustaining - a Rotarian MUST always be involved with the group.
  7. There are 10 Interact Clubs in District 5080 and some of those are on life support.  Rotarians need to be at the school once or twice a week to establish the relationship and keep the group going.

Bob went to Mt Baker High School to speak with the Interact club.

Past District Governor Al Davis thanked Bob for attending our meeting to discuss Interact with us, as our Interact Club is starting up again at Mt Bake High School.