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.
Incoming President Paul Burnham wants all members to exchange at least 1 club banner this coming year.
President Karen Strickland addressing the club members of the State of the Year
Incoming President Paul Burnham (member since 1991)
The Wilton CT Rotary Club had a very successful year in their projects, community support and fundraising all year long. With all of the successes this year, one has to wonder why President Karen Strickland would want to pass the gavel at all. Still pass it she will to the well prepared hands of Incoming President Paul Burnham.
The Installation was held at the Red Barn in Westport, an excellent place that I will certainly go back to. There was a well organized program for the evening complemented with an excellent Rotary Chicken meal.
President Karen Strickland went through the long list of club accomplishments for the 2012-13 year. Incoming President Paul Burnham gave an inspiring talk on his history in Rotary and about some of his plans for the upcoming year
Incoming club officers and directors were all sworn in.
The club awarded 2 Paul Harris Awards; one to a club member and one to a community leader. This brings the total number of Paul Harris awards by the Wilton Rotary to 64 (50 club members and 14 community leaders).
Assistant Governor John Hendrickson was on hand to make some kind remarks for Karen Strickland’s year. Karen has been president twice before and has been an Assistant Governor.