Rotary meets Boys & Girls Club
Several years ago, Rotary began an effort to connect with the youth of our country by establishing clubs for young adults and teens (called Rotaract and Interact) for the betterment of youth and to expand understanding of Rotary in these groups.
For many years, Rotary has promoted leadership, communication, and teamwork for youth through Rotary Youth Exchange with Rotary Clubs in other countries, Rotary Youth Leadership Award camp and Group Study Exchange. There was a need to expand youth exchanges locally and Rotary New Generations was established.
One club, Rotary of Fountain Hills, began a two year effort in 2008 to introduce youth to Rotary by starting Interact (ages 13-18) and Rotaract (ages 18-30) clubs to promote “Working Together” between our membership and the youth of our community. In this effort, a partnership began with the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Scottsdale, McKee Branch in Fountain Hills.
A club structure exists within each Boys & Girls Club Branch consisting of an adult Staff supervising the youth and a Teen Club called Keystone with the premise or preparing youth for character & leadership, education & careers, health & life skills and sports, fitness and recreation.
The partnership has proven to be a success time and again. The Keystone Interact Lifeguards have completed many projects both in partnership with Rotary and of their own accord, such as Polio Plus collections; a major effort collecting toys and supplies for the families of deployed troops; ringing the bell at Christmas for Salvation Army, and other service above self projects. In 2010, as a result of these efforts, our Keystone-Interact was awarded a community service award for having the best community service project. In 2011, they received the HALO Award by the National Boys & Girls Organization at their Annual Convention.