The newly chartered Interact Club of Burney High School had an Inaugural Ceremony and Dinner at Burney High School on Sunday March 26 to install their new officers.
The officers included: President- Paige Smith; Vice-President – Megan Arsenau; Secretary- Madison Luntey: Treasurer- Billy Covert; Student Council Representative- Chris Phipps; and Social Media Correspondent- Makayla Henderson.
Interact is an international organization of service and social clubs for young people of secondary school age (12-18) that fosters leadership and responsible citizenship and promotes international understanding and peace. The name “Interact” was created by combining the words “international” and “action.”
Interact clubs are sponsored by Rotary clubs as a program of Rotary International. Rotary clubs provide guidance and inspiration, but the Interact clubs are self-governing and self-supporting. The BHS Interact Club is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Burney-Fall River.
Bob Jehn, past president of the Burney-Fall River Rotary Club, emceed the event. Several other past presidents of Rotary were also present for the inauguration as were representatives of the Fall River High School Interact Club.
Melissa Madden and Kevin Bower will serve as advisors from Burney High School and Willie Rodriguez and Trish Mostaufi will serve as advisors from the Rotary Club.
Principal Ray Guerrero gave the keynote address describing the work and mission of Interact.
Each year, Interact clubs complete at least one community service project and at least one project that furthers international understanding and goodwill.
Since the establishment of the first club in Melbourne, Florida in 1962, Interact has grown to more than 33,000 clubs with more than 300,000 members in 200 countries.
The BHS club has 33 charter members. Each new member that was present received a certificate and a lapel pin. The advisors were also introduced and presented with a lapel pin.
After the introductions and presentations, Paige Smith, President of the BHS Interact Club ended the program with closing remarks.
Smith said, “As president of our Interact Club, I am excited to see what opportunities our club has. I am very thankful for how supportive the Rotary Club has been. As a club, we could not be more thrilled about our future endeavors.”