Members of Grantham Rotary Club have helped Sixth Form students over the last few months set up an Interact Club, a first for the school. Interact clubs bring together young people ages 12-18 to develop leadership skills while discovering the power of ‘Service Above Self’. Sixth formers have been having weekly meetings since last term to look at what was involved in setting up the club and 30th January saw the club’s Inaugural Ceremony with around a dozen Rotary club members in attendance.
Deputy Head, Mr Steve Grant gave a warm welcome to the Rotary visitors followed by Rotarian, Neil White, who spoke about the aims and goals of Interact. Neil has been working closely with the sixth formers. Ken Ackroyd, Chair of the Youth and Community Committee gave a recommendation speech and handed over to Peter Berry, District Governor Nominee who presented the Interact Charter to the group. Ray Klingels, President of the Rotary Club of Grantham presented SWRA’s President, Caitlin MacNeill with the Interact Regalia followed by Glenys Robertson, President Elect of Grantham Rotary Club who presented the students with their lapel pins. Caitlin talked about the goals of the new club and ended the ceremony with a vote of thanks.
SWRA’s club is currently working with ActionAid, a charity which helps give women and girls a chance to have a better education. They are also looking at local and international projects which includes helping homeless shelters provide their services during the winter months and other charities like Age UK.
Caitlin MacNeill – President
Georgia Freshney – Vice President
Hannah Grindley – Secretary
Rebecca Hedge – Treasurer
Elise Souter – Local Community Project Leader
Georgia Pickerill – International Project Leader
Elizabeth Richardson – Media/Website & Social Media Manager
Freya Grocock – Membership Secretary
What are the benefits of being involved in Interact?
Connect with leaders in your community and around the world to:
- Take action to make a difference in your school and community
- Discover new cultures and promote international understanding
- Become a leader in your school and community
- Have fun and make new friends from around the world
Interact clubs organise at least two projects every year, one that helps their school or community and one that promotes international understanding. Rotary club sponsors mentor and guide Interactors as they carry out projects and develop leadership skills.