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St. Kitts & Nevis establishes its first Interact Club in St. Kitts with the Interact Club of Basseterre High School Charter Ceremony

History was made on the 21 October 2014 when the first Interact Club, Interact Club of Basseterre High School (BHS), was established in the Federation and, on Saturday, 21 March 2014, it held its charter ceremony at the FND Conference Room. Thirty-four (34) charter club members were inducted and six club officers for 2014- 2015 were installed.  The club officers consists of Danielle Williams, President; Shealiyah Kelley, Vice-President; Nia Belle, Secretary; Onique Phipps, Treasurer; Adwon Carty, Director/Assistant Secretary-Treasurer; Alexcia Hobson, Director/Public Relations Officer.  The Rotary Club of St Kitts is the proud sponsor of the Interact Club of Basseterre High School.  


At the charter ceremony, remarks were made by Ms Leah Sahely, Past President of the Rotary Club of St Kitts, Mrs Carlene Henry-Morton, Principal of Basseterre High School, Mrs. Ionie Liburd-Willett, Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Education, and Ms Danielle Williams, President of the Interact Club of Basseterre High School, and Mr Ron Dublin-Collins, Department Head of Guidance & Counselling of BHS.  Mr Trevor Blake, Assistant Governor installed the club officers and presented the club with their charter certificate.  Mrs Patricia Mourillon inducted the members of the club providing them with membership certificates and interact club member pins.  


Interact club is a service club for youth ages 12 to 18 and is part of Rotary International, the world’s first service club organization. Rotary clubs sponsor the Interact clubs, by providing financial assistance to set up the club and then guidance and support thereafter. The first Interact club was founded in 1962.


Interact derives its name from the words “international” and “action,” reflecting the nature of an organization that exists in over 100 countries and promotes active service worldwide.   Each year, Interact clubs 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.  


Rotarian and faculty advisers play major roles in supporting Interact clubs. The faculty adviser, who is a faculty member at a school-based club, oversees the activities of the Interact club and serves as a liaison between the sponsoring Rotary club and the school administration.  Ms Leah Sahely is the Rotary Club of St Kitts representative and Mr Ron Dublin-Collins is the BHS faculty advisor.  


Rotary International is a worldwide service organization for business and professional men and women, with more than 1.2 million members in over 31,000 Rotary clubs. Rotary’s main objective is service — in the community, in the workplace, and throughout the world. Rotarians develop community service projects that address many of today’s most critical issues, such as children at risk, poverty, hunger, the environment, illiteracy, and violence. They support Rotary youth programs, including Interact, in the belief that young people should take an active interest in community life and have the opportunity to develop leadership skills.

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