Interact Council of Presidents held in Stratford on Sunday

Members from 20 (of our 53 Interact Clubs) and 12 (of our 61 Rotary Clubs) attended a lively program Sunday (2/2/2014) on Interact at the Homewood Suites in Stratford.

The Interact Council of Presidents (ICoP’s) is an Interact district wide meeting of Interact Presidents within Rotary District 7980 that is designed to collaboratively lead and plan the activities of the Interact Clubs within our District.

Interact are clubs for youth ages 12-18 who want to connect with others in their community or school. Interact club members have fun while carrying out service projects and learning about the world. Interact clubs organize at least two service projects a year: one that benefits their community and one that encourages international understanding. While Interact clubs receive guidance from individual Rotary clubs, they govern and support themselves.

Interact has a membership of over 250,000 youth in more than 11,000 clubs worldwide. It’s one of Rotary’s fastest growing programs. Interact clubs are self-governing and self-supporting and can be either school or community based. Interact’s name is a combination of the words international and action. With clubs in over 120 countries and geographical areas, Interact is truly an international phenomenon. Interact’s global youth network is dedicated to community and international service. Every Interact club project, great or small, has a lasting impact on society worldwide. Brazil, India, the Philippines, and the United States boast the highest number of Interact clubs.

Leadership Picnic on Solomon Island in East Hampton

Dr. Jack and Jan Solomon graciously hosted a nice Rotary District 7980 leadership get together in East Hampton this evening. It was a perfect weather night on the water for an informal gathering that was short on business and long on fellowship. The event was attended by the Gov Track, some PDG’s, many AG’s, some FAR’s, East Hampton Rotarians, friends, spouses and partners.

AG Ann Brignola did a nice job organizing the event while Barbara Moore and Andrea Spaulding provided the bulk of the food for the evening and Ray Moore was the master griller. Everyone brought a dish or desert and Mukund brought everyone’s favorite chocolate cake from J Cakes in North Branford.

Many thanks to all that turned out and a special thanks to the Solomon’s and the East Hampton Rotary Club.

Bocci and BBQ Fellowship in East Hampton

The East Hampton Rotary club members, spouses & partners got together this evening for a fun fellowship event at Ted Rossi’s house. Attendees were treated to excellent fellowship, a top notch meal that featured picked lobster and smoked slow cooked chicken at a fabulous environment. Besides the excellent food; the event featured an annual bocci competition (sadly I was knocked out in the 2nd round).

Hats off to the East Hampton Rotary club and especially Ted Rossi for throwing a first class fellowship event!! Events like this help to cement relationships between Rotarians and the families of Rotarians.

The East Hampton club is home to PDG Alan Hurst and AG Jack Soloman.