The Nevada County Board of Supervisors this week recognized the community and international service of local young people who are members of Interact, the Rotary International-sponsored service organization for youths ages 12-18.
The supervisors recognized Interact’s 50th anniversary and proclaimed Nov. 5-11 as “World Interact Week” in Nevada County.
Rotary chartered its first Interact club Nov. 5, 1962, and today, there are more than 250,000 Interact members in 110 countries.
The Interact clubs of western Nevada County have more than 60 youth members whose actions exemplify Rotary’s motto of “Service above self.”
The Nevada Union High School Interact Club was chartered in 1997, and the Lyman Gilmore and Seven Hills middle school clubs were formed in 2010.
Local Interactors have pursued numerous community and international projects, including the worldwide “End Polio Now” campaign, support of youth educational efforts in Mexico, Uganda and Papua New Guinea, serving meals at Hospitality House and supporting the local “anti-bullying” campaign.
“Our western Nevada County Interactors have been an inspiration to those of us who have worked with them,” said Lindy Beatie, president of the 49er Rotary Breakfast Club of Nevada City. “We’ve watched them grow in their dedication to their community and to the world peace efforts of Rotary International.”