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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,...

Centennial celebration honors 20 noteworthy global grant projects

Through The Rotary Foundation, Rotary members have supported thousands of projects that promote peace, fight disease, provide clean water, save mothers and children, support education, and grow local economies. We’ve also led the fight to eradicate polio worldwide. As part of our celebration of the Foundation’s centennial, we’re honoring 20 global grant projects with special recognition. Learn more about the projects using our interactive map.

Convention: Southern hospitality

The Atlanta Host Organization Committee is offering some good old-fashioned Southern hospitality at the Rotary International Convention from 10 to 14 June. It has planned a wide range of activities featuring everything from good food and music to inspiring tours of local landmarks. If it’s your first convention, these events are chances to meet fellow Rotarians from around the world, and if you’re an experienced convention goer, you can catch up with old friends. Hall of Fame baseball player Hank Aaron will host Rotarians for a “Strike Out Polio” night at the new SunTrust Park, where you’ll...

Member spotlight: The power of the press

When Teguest Yilma helped found the Rotary Club of Addis Ababa Entoto in 2002, she thought polio had already been eradicated from most of the world. But while Ethiopia had been free of the disease, Yilma was shocked to learn that new cases had started cropping up in surrounding countries such as Somalia. “I was thinking, it’s not possible, we can’t be free if the countries around us are not free,” she says. Yilma, the managing editor of Capital, Ethiopia’s largest English weekly newspaper, has brought a journalist’s skills to the fight against polio. She became vice chair of the Ethiopia...

Member interview: Writer sheds light on FDR’s right-hand woman

Battling breast cancer in 2000, Kathryn Smith found comfort pursuing her lifelong interest in Franklin D. Roosevelt. The more she read, the more intrigued she became with the 32nd U.S. president’s private secretary, Marguerite Alice “Missy” LeHand. “I thought, what a fascinating life she had because she was by his side through the polio crisis, establishing the polio rehabilitation center in Warm Springs and then after his return to politics,” she says. Smith, a past president of the Rotary Club of Greater Anderson, S.C., and a longtime newspaper journalist, turned that curiosity into a book...

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