2017-06-07 / School News

Interact Club receives Charter


At the Charter presentation was Buzz Chamberlain-Rotary Advisor, Luke Christie-Rotary Advisor, Katherine McLaughlin, Interact Secretary; Angelo Cocchiaro, RYLA Scholarship awardee; Sahil Shrestha, Ty'Jae Armstrong, Violet Hott, Interact President; Joe Lorenzo, Jr., Interact Vice-President; Caroline Ciardiello, Interact Treasurer; Pam Wagoner, Rotary District 7360 Assistant Governor and Chris Chapman, Rotary Club President. At the Charter presentation was Buzz Chamberlain-Rotary Advisor, Luke Christie-Rotary Advisor, Katherine McLaughlin, Interact Secretary; Angelo Cocchiaro, RYLA Scholarship awardee; Sahil Shrestha, Ty'Jae Armstrong, Violet Hott, Interact President; Joe Lorenzo, Jr., Interact Vice-President; Caroline Ciardiello, Interact Treasurer; Pam Wagoner, Rotary District 7360 Assistant Governor and Chris Chapman, Rotary Club President. Pam Wagoner, Rotary District 7360 Assistant Governor, presented The Interact Club of Berkeley Springs High School with its Certificate of Organization (Charter) on Thursday, May 25.

Interact is a service and social club for young people ages 14 to 18. Each club is sponsored by a Rotary Club, which guides the Interactors in developing local and international service projects. The Rotary Club of Berkeley Springs sponsored the club at the beginning of the 2016- 2017 school year.

Interact derives its name from the words "international" and "action," reflecting the nature of the organization that exists in 110 countries. With almost 200,000 members and more than 8,600 clubs worldwide, Interact provides a powerful force of youthful enthusiasm and energetic service.

Interact clubs are self-governing and self-supporting, offering many opportunities for members to develop valuable leadership and skills. Each club carries out local service projects that benefit its community or school. This year, the Interact Club of BSHS participated in a project to provide personal hygiene backpacks for students in need and established a project to provide mentoring to the Warm Springs Intermediate School students.

The motivation for establishing the club was provided by two BSHS students, Violet Hott and Joe Lorenzo Jr., who attended Rotary Youth Leadership Assembly (RYLA) training camp in June 2016 and returned with the desire to start an Interact Club in their school. The Rotary Club of Berkeley Springs awards Josh Bragg Memorial Scholarships to students in Morgan County to attend the RYLA camp each year.

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