Fountain Hills Community

Interact Club

Sponsored By:  Four Peaks Rotary and Fountain Hills Rotary Clubs

Interactors conclude the Rotary Year for the Summer Break.  Awesome first year Interactors!   Looking forward to a fantastic next year starting August 1st!
May 2nd concluded the first year of  the FH Community Interact Club for summer break.  Official meetings will begin again on August 1, 2024.  Also, new year elections will take place at the October meeting. 
Today's meeting was an overview of the year accomplishments from projects to conferences.  President Elena and Projects Chair, Autumn provided an overview of potential community projects and international projects.  Members were asked to think about next year action plans. 
Everyone is looking forward to the new year at the Boys and Girls Club - McKee Branch.  Including attending the club with Teen Coordinator, Eddie!  A Fun day at the club with a tour of the building and outdoors.  
If you are interested in joining our Community club please contact Interact student advisor, Michelle Carney or Julie Ewald, Four Peaks Rotary President.  Information will also be available at the BGCA location.
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Team Club Project underway "Blankets for Puppies."  Interactors working hard as they create blankets to be presented on Friday, February 23, 2024.  Stay tuned, more details to come..... 

Blankets ~ Blankets ~ Blankets! 

Virtual Fall Leadership Conference
Hope Unites, Service Ignites
Join us virtually, for a special report from our Kenya and Mexico Ambassador Teams! Find new ways to recruit members and develop leadership within your club! 


WHEN:  2024 Fall Leadership Conference TBD

WHERE:  Virtual from your home!

NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS through October 31, 2023
RYLA is a unique leadership camp where students will be empowered through challenging courses, inspirational presenters, and amazing activities.  

RYLA Pinerock, Prescott, January 12-15, 2024

APPLICATION DATES - High School Students only. 

Student Delegates: 8/01 - 10/31 

Junior Counselors: 8/01- 10/15

Adults: 9/1 until filled

About Us

Fountain Hills Community Interact Club is excited to be reforming as a community-based club in the Fountain Hills Community.  Thank you for your patience, we are now fully transitioned from a school-base club (Gifted Hands) to a community-base Interact club. The Fountain Hills Interact Club, Fountain Hills, AZ (USA).  If you have any questions, please contact Sandy Davis or Julie Ewald. 
Meeting Time and Location - Next official meeting Thursday, August 1, 2024, 3:30-4:30pm.
Frist Thursday of every month.  Additional meeting dates will be determined by Club Officers. 
3:15-3:30pm Friendship
3:30-4:30pm  Meeting and Projects' (additonal time may be required per project)
Meetings are held at the:
Boys and Girls Club of Greater Scottsdale, Mary Ellen & Robert McKee Branch
14605 N Del Cambre Ave.
Fountain Hills, AZ 85268
*Transportation from FHUSD and Inspiration Academy is available by the Boys and Girls Club bus.  Parents or guardians pick-up student at the Boys and Girls club.  
Interact Club Advisor
Michelle Carney
Interact Club Officers
President:  Elaina
Vice President:  Tyler
Secretary: Violet
Treasurer:  Brodie
Projects:  Autumn
Membership Questions:  Contact Michelle Lambert or Julie Ewald
District 5495 Interact Officers
2023-2024 forthcoming, District Governor
2923-2024 forthcoming, Assistant District Governor 
Four Peaks Rotary
Rotarian Youth Committee and Rotarian Advisors
Julie Ewald, Interim Youth Chair
Sandy Davis, Co-Chair
Paul Janis
Tom Lindsay
Isabelle Roethe
Manola Tounalom, Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE) Director
Club Co-Sponsor:  Rotary Club of Fountain Hills
Tony Pistelli
Interact Purpose and Goals

The purpose of Interact is to:

Take action, build international understanding, and make new friends around the world.

Interact clubs bring together young people ages 12-18 to develop leadership skills while discovering the power of Service Above Self. Find out how serious leadership can be seriously fun.

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 - Advancing international understanding and goodwill.

As one of the most significant and fastest-growing programs of Rotary service, with more than 14,911 clubs in 145 countries and geographical areas, Interact has become a worldwide phenomenon. Almost 342,953 young people are involved in Interact.

The purpose of Interact is to provide opportunity for young people to work together in a world fellowship dedicated to service and international understanding.
The goals of Interact are:

1. To recognize and develop constructive leadership and personal integrity.
2. To encourage and practice thoughtfulness of and helpfulness to others.
3. To create an awareness of the importance of home and family.
4. To build respect for the rights of others, based on recognition of the worth of each individual.
5. To emphasize acceptance of individual responsibility as the basis of personal success, community improvement, and group achievement.
6. To develop life skills including self development, time management, and personal finances.
7. To recognize the dignity and value of all useful occupations as opportunities to serve society.
8. To provide opportunities for gaining increased knowledge and understanding of community, national, and world affairs.
9. To open avenues of personal and group action leading to the advancement of international understanding and goodwill 
toward all peoples


Take a Peek at some Interact Youth Leadership around the Globe: 
What is Interact? Introduction to Interact  YouTube Video
Interact - People of Action YouTube Video
Interact Official YouTube Station - Visit here & subscribe
Four Peaks Community Interact Club - Video coming soon! Stay tuned! 
The basic principle of the Rotary Interact is to help others. Our motto is “service above self”. Through service activities, Interactors learn the importance of developing leadership skills and personal integrity, demonstrating helpfulness and respect for others, and advancing international understanding and goodwill.
The Interact Mission Statement:
Take action, build international understanding, and make new friends around the world. Interact clubs bring together young people ages 12-18 to develop leadership skills while discovering the power of Service Above Self

About our District 5495

District Website click here

Interact is one of three Rotary-sponsored Youth Services programs:  the others are our annual leadership Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) camps and our Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE).

Interact District 5495 proudly partners with the Rotaract and Interact Clubs in Kenya and in Central Mexico as our international partners. Our district also works closely with Interact District 5500, covering the southern third of the State of Arizona.

Our International Project



Interact District 5495’s signature international service project is our Interact Crutches 4 Africa Project — in partnership with the Rotarian Crutches 4 Africa nonprofit organization.

Our Interact clubs throughout the state each year work together to collect more than 3,500 crutches, walkers, wheelchairs and other mobility devices that we wrap for shipment at our Interact District Conference in February, and then ship them in a 40-ft shipping container to our International partners in Kenya for distribution there to those most in need of these mobility devices in the Rift Valley of Kenya. 

For the past five years our Interact district has sent a team of our top Interactors as Arizona Interact Ambassadors to Kenya for two weeks in July. This year we hoping to send another ambassadors team to Central Mexico which debuted in 2021 despite being canceled in 2022.

We are also seeking to raise $50,000 to cover the shipping costs for the containers, along with the airfare and other distribution expenses associated with once again sending our Ambassadors Teams to these countries in July 2023 to help distribute these mobility devices and provide other services, working with our partners in these countries.

Why Join Interact?

Take action, build international understanding, and make new friends around the world.

Interact clubs bring together young people ages 12-18 to develop leadership skills while discovering the power of Service Above Self. Find out how serious leadership can be seriously fun.

What are the benefits?

Connect with leaders in your community and around the world to:

  • Take action to make a difference in your school and community
  • Discover new cultures and promote international understanding
  • Become a leader in your school and community
  • Have fun and make new friends from around the world

What’s involved?

Interact clubs organize at least two projects every year, one that helps their school or community and one that promotes international understanding. Rotary club sponsors mentor and guide Interactors as they carry out projects and develop leadership skills.

Celebrate the global impact of Interact by getting involved in:

  • World Interact Week
  • Interact Video Awards
  • Rotary Youth Day at the United Nations
  • Global Youth Service Day

How do I join?

Check with your school or contact a member of the Four Peaks Rotary Youth Committee to find out the details of an Interact club . Contact the Interact club to find out how you can join its next meeting, service project, or community event.

Follow Interact to see how Interact clubs are having fun through service,