Interact is a service club for young people ages 12-18 who are passionate about making a difference while learning about the world and themselves. And having fun! An Interact club will be expected to organize at least two projects every year: one that helps their school or community and one that promotes international understanding.  (RI Interact Handbook 2023 p.4)  

The school Interact club is sponsored and supported by one of the local Rotary Clubs in the area in which the school is located, who work in partnership to foster service, leadership, and character. 


  • Secondary school-aged students in Years 7 – 12 oversee and lead a whole school program, involving other students depending on the club's various activities. 

Program Information: 

  • The purpose of Interact activities is to engage students in character-building activities, to prepare them for leadership roles and to identify and carry out meaningful projects which benefit their school, local and international communities. 

  • The Interact Club needs a teacher to support and guide the students and work with the Rotary Club as required. 

  • Clubs have a President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer who form a Board to lead and assist the three major committees (School, Local, International) in completing agreed service and fund-raising tasks in their school, their local community and in the wider world. 

  • Meetings are held at least twice a month, there are no membership fees, and a Rotary member or two will usually attend each meeting to provide additional liaison, guidance, and support. 

  • A standard Interact Constitution and Meeting procedure is available and an annual Leadership Training Day for incoming Interact committees is conducted in December as the December Interact District Assembly Day. (DIDAD) 

  • There are no membership fees, and a sponsoring Rotary Club will always undertake to supply some set-up items, such as a banner, meeting gavel and badges for office-bearers. 

Benefits for participants: 

  • The students learn to develop committed citizenship, leadership qualities and the importance of respect, dignity and caring for all people by identifying and taking responsibility for real-life problems within their school, local and global communities. 

  • Interact clubs have the chance to partner with a worldwide network of similar clubs. 

  • Students work with school teaching staff, other involved adults and the sponsoring Rotary club members who act as facilitators, mentors and role models. 

  • In a practical manner students: learn how to construct meeting agendas; how to conduct meetings using correct procedure; how to lead small project teams; how to enhance their public speaking ability; experience working together with others in a team to achieve a common purpose; come to realize the importance to all communities of serving the needs of other people. 

For more information contact: 

D9815 Youth Service Chair, PDG Dr Daryl Moran. 

Online Resources 

  • All are available on the My Rotary website 

Interact Club
Sponsored by Rotary Club of
Ashwood SC
Sue Cornelissen
Carwatha College
Geoff Gray
Doncaster SC
Manningham City
David Rosenwax
East Doncaster SC
Manningham City
Daryl Brown
Fairhills SC
Ferntree Gully
Paul Wilson
Frankston HS
Frankston Sunrise
Peter Cracknell
Noble Park Dingley
Kylie Rose
Kingswood College
Box Hill Burwood
Ray McLeod-Dryden
Koonung SC
Mont Albert and Surrey Hills
Joe Somers and Nigel Cooper
Lilydale Heights
Ann Wheeler
Lyndale SC
Greater Dandenong and Endeavour Hills
Leanne Byron
McClelland SC
Frankston North
Judi McKee
McKinnon SC
Bentleigh Moorabbin Central
Julie Reid
Monash Science School
Oakleigh Clayton Huntingdale
John Barnes
Mt. Waverley SC
Mt. Waverley
Geoff Logie-Smith
Nossal HS
Andrew Somers
Presbyterian Ladies College
Box Hill Burwood
Ray McLeod-Dryden
Scoresby SC
Darren Hill
St. Margaret’s School Berwick
Berwick and Emerald & District
Catherine Elfick
Templestowe College
Manningham City
Esther Murray
Wheelers Hill SC
Glen Waverley
Chris Cameron