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Interact is Rotary International's service club for young people ages 12 to 18. Interact clubs are sponsored by individual Rotary clubs, which provide support and guidance, but they are self-governing and self-supporting.

The Ursula Frayne Catholic College Interact Club is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Ascot. Club membership varies greatly with boys and girls from year 9 to year 12.

Each year, the Interact club aims to complete at least two community service projects, one of which furthers international understanding and goodwill. Through these efforts, Interactors develop a network of friendships with local and overseas clubs and learn the importance of:

  • Developing leadership skills and personal integrity;
  • Demonstrating helpfulness and respect for others;
  • Understanding the value of individual responsibility and hard work; and
  • Advancing international understanding and goodwill.

Interact is one of the most significant and fastest-growing programs of Rotary service, with more than 10,700 clubs in 109 countries and geographical areas. Interact has become a worldwide phenomenon. Almost 200,000 young people are involved in Interact.

In recent years some of the Club's activities included:

  • Visiting people in local nursing homes;
  • Providing gift boxes of toiletries, writing paper, books, toys and colouring pencils for under privileged children around the world;
  • Assisting with the Ascot Rotary Club's quiz night;
  • Making blankets for needy people; and
  • Collecting the ring pulls off drink cans to be recycled into prosthetic limbs for people in other countries.

Students participating in Interact also learn valuable lessons including such things as:

  • Interact traditions and practice;
  • Making contacts with Rotarians;
  • Meeting protocols;
  • Leadership through roles such as president, treasurer and secretary;
  • Organising and managing people and projects; and
  • Working together as a team.

Participation in Interact is a fantastic opportunity to meet some awesome people while helping those people less fortunate than ourselves. It is also a great opportunity to fulfil the hours of Christian Service Learning.