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The Rotary Foundation of the United Kingdom receives gift of £1.25 million from accomplished pianist and teacher

Helen Ruddock of Suffolk, England, promoted the goals and values of Rotary through her leadership, service, and integrity. Helen Ruddock of Suffolk, England bequeathed a generous donation of £1.25 million to The Rotary Foundation. Having passed away in 2015 at the age of 96, and although not a Rotarian herself, Mrs Ruddock had a passion for improving the lives of others. Her introduction to Rotary and The Rotary Foundation was made by a close friend, who was a member of the Rotary Club of Halstead for a number of years. Complying with Mrs Ruddock's wishes, the spendable earnings from...

Rotary to premiere latest virtual reality film

Following the success of its first virtual reality film, released in October, Rotary is working with Google's virtual reality team to offer an experience that showcases the impact of compassion to a global audience. We're producing a three-minute virtual reality film that emphasizes the two themes of polio and peace, and how Rotary's work to eradicate the disease is increasing stability across the world. We'll premiere the film on 13 June during the Rotary International Convention in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. It will be widely released in time for World Polio Day on 24 October. We invite...

Rotary Support Center certified as Center of Excellence

The Rotary Support Center has earned BenchmarkPortal's certification as a Center of Excellence, a noted designation in the customer service and support industry. The certification puts Rotary's Support Center in the top 10 percent of industry peers that requested evaluation by BenchmarkPortal. The Rotary Support Center received nearly 50,000 phone calls and 84,000 email requests for help last year. "I am so proud and happy to have such a great team who continue to reach higher levels of performance and break new records and exceed the goals," says Howard Henry, Support Center manager. "This...

Five years since its debut, Rotary Club Central is getting a big upgrade

When we introduced Rotary Club Central in 2012, it revolutionized goal tracking and planning for clubs and districts — no more filling out paper club-planning forms or passing along boxes of historical club information every time a new leader took office. Rotary Club Central offered clubs and districts a quantifiable way to begin measuring local and global impact, specifically membership initiatives, service activities, and Rotary Foundation giving. But as with any technological advancement, in a few short years, Rotary Club Central began to show its age, and Rotarians took notice. They...

Rotary International Board adopts new zone structure

At its January 2017 meeting, the Rotary International Board of Directors adopted a new zone structure for Rotary clubs. Rotary bylaws require the Board to complete a comprehensive review of the 34 Rotary zones no less often than every eight years to ensure that each zone has an approximately equal number of Rotarians. The Board’s previous review of the zones occurred in 2008. The Board earlier approved the creation of three regional workgroups to develop rezoning proposals for Asia, Europe/Africa, and the Americas. These workgroups comprised one representative (either a current director,...

District Interact Chair, Bruce Wilson
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Interact is a Rotary-sponsored service club for young people ages 12-18. The program gives its members (Interactors) an opportunity to participate in meaningful service projects while developing leadership skills, meeting new friends and having fun.

Through Interact, thousands of dollars and man-hours are spent furthering the ideal of Service Above Self. Click the underlined link to go to the Rotary International Interact website pages where you'll find more information, training materials and forms.


The District Interact Conference in March 3-5, 2017 is the highlight of the year and a time for clubs to come together and celebrate the accomplishment of Interact objectives:

  • Recognize and develop constructive leadership and personal integrity.
  • Encourage and practice thoughtfulness of and helpfulness to others.
  • Create an awareness of the importance of home and family.
  • Build respect for the rights of others based on recognition of the worth of each individual.
  • Emphasize acceptance of individual responsibility as the basis of personal success, community improvement and group achievement.
  • Recognize the dignity and value of all useful occupations as opportunities to serve society.
  • Open avenues of personal and group action leading to the advancement of international understanding and goodwill toward all peoples.

 

*Forms are available to fill out and return to Bruce Wilson for registration  (PDF) for the 2017 District Conference, and Hotel Registration for the Interact Conference (PDF) in March 2017.

Interact District Conference 2017 Scholarship Application     (PDF)

Interact Conference Fact Sheet (PDF)   2017

Interact District Officer Nomination PDF Form 2017 

Interact District Membership Roster (PDF)

Interact Code of Conduct 2017

Interact District Conference 2017 Registration Form (PDF)

Interact Talent Show Application  Applications due by February 19th. They may be remitted to Bruce Wilson.

Interact 2017 Conference Check In Packet

Interact Club Info Sheet

Interact Conference Project Report Sheet

Scholarships

District 6780 honors Interactors with Bomar Foundation Scholarships and the Fred Brown Interact Award of Merit. Click the underlined links to view the procedures that establish the scholarships.

Click here (PDF) to download the Bomar Interact Scholarship Award. 

Click here  (PDF) to download the Fred Brown Interact Award of Merit. Applicants should attach the following to their application:

  1. Attach statement of Interact Club participation and leadership positions held.
  2. Attach copy of High School Transcript to document academic achievement.
  3. Attach endorsement letter from high school administration.
  4. Attach a photo of the applicant.
  5. Attach endorsement letter from sponsoring Rotary Club.

In addition, the James L. Lacy Scholarship is awarded based on the composition of a 200-word-or-less essay written at the annual Interact conference. Click here for registration form. 

 

Photos from the 2016 Interact Conference in Pigeon Forge TN.

DGE Fred Heitman gets his hair & beard colored AGAIN this year, because the kids raised more than $1000 for End Polio Now!

Interact Talent Show entry

Another talent show group

The kids having fun at the conference!

 

RI President John Germ with Interactors at the 2016 6780 District Conference in Pigeon Forge.

 

The 2015 Interact Conference was held in Pigeon Forge, TN.

Interact students with DGN Fred Heitman

DGN Fred Heitman is pictured with Interact Students. Fred promises every year to those Interact Clubs who raise $1000 or more for Polio Plus, that he will allow them to color part of his beard & hair. It is always a highlight of the conference!

DGN Fred Heitman

 Another fun event at the conference - Talent show put on by the students!


Scholarships

District 6780 honors Interactors with Bomar Foundation Scholarships and the Fred Brown Interact Award of Merit. Click the underlined links to view the procedures that establish the scholarships.

Click here (PDF) to download the Bomar Interact Scholarship Award. 

Click here  (PDF) to download the Fred Brown Interact Award of Merit. Applicants should attach the following to their application:

  1. Attach statement of Interact Club participation and leadership positions held.
  2. Attach copy of High School Transcript to document academic achievement.
  3. Attach endorsement letter from high school administration.
  4. Attach a photo of the applicant.
  5. Attach endorsement letter from sponsoring Rotary Club.

In addition, the James L. Lacy Scholarship is awarded based on the composition of a 200-word-or-less essay written at the annual Interact conference. Please complete the sheet that is attached indicating only your senior Interact members that are writing the essay Saturday morning to compete for the Jim Lacy Scholarship. To be eligible, a student must have a B average, have been a dues paying Interactor for 2 years, and be registered for and attending the conference. The scholarship must be used at a school in this district or in a county adjacent to this district. You must also submit the cell phone numbers of those seniors.      Click here for the registration form. 

Interact Exchange Students

 Interact Exchange Students attending the conference.

2015 Interact Scholarship winners