The Wider Rotary World
Rotary International is an organisation of business and professional leaders aiming to provide humanitarian services encourage high ethical standards and help build goodwill and peace in the world. Its motto is “Service before self”. There are over 34,000 clubs and 1.2 million members in 200+ countries. All members are called Rotarians.
Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland (RIBI) is the association of Rotary clubs within England, Ireland, Wales and Scotland. It has 53,000 members – men and women of all ages and backgrounds – in 1,850 clubs. These clubs are organised in local districts.
Rotary District 1175 covers Devon and Cornwall and has 88 clubs (including Tiverton) with over 2500 members.
Tiverton Rotary Club currently has 40+ members and meets at the Tiverton Hotel on every Monday. Their club is run on a much wider scale with fundraising for many charities at once.
Rota-kids is the club for 7 – 12 year olds. There are currently 9 Rota-kids clubs in District 1175 with 2 more in the pipeline.
Rotaract is the club for 18 – 30 year olds. Sadly there are, at the moment, no Rotaract clubs in District 1175.
Interact is the youth Rotary club for 12-18 year olds. There are more than 15,000 Interact clubs in 142 countries. There are 6 other clubs in our district (Devon and Cornwall) – Bodmin, Ilfracombe, Launceston, Penryn, Penzance and Tavistock – and also one in Minehead in West Somerset (our nearest). We visited Ilfracombe to advise them on establishing their club and are currently also advising Paignton Community College on establishing a new Interact Club.
As well as locally organised activities there is the:
- Rotary Youth Exchange – where you can make contact with other countries or find a project to support
- The Interact Rally
- RYLA – a Rotary Youth Leadership scheme involving a week of outdoor challenges for young people aged 16–18. One of our former Interactors, Luke Broomfield, has been accepted on this year’s scheme that takes place on Dartmoor in July.
“Interact is a fantastic way to get involved in helping the local and international communities throughout the world by working as a team to create exciting, often entertaining events.” Leila Bracken
“I have loved every minute with Interact, it’s a place where we don’t just think up ideas, and we develop and complete them! From speaking and presenting to large groups of people, to organising events such as “I’m a Teacher”, the opportunities I have had have been fantastic I’ve been individually challenged but always strongly supported by a great team and awesome leaders such as Sam Padfield (president of Interact)! Ivan Godfrey and Mrs Doeller are two of the supervising figures within Interact. They take the time to offer support and wisdom to the group and are some of the nicest, most genuine people you would ever meet! Everyone is welcome, come and develop some new skills, make new friends, and perhaps even change some lives!” Luke Broomfield
“I joined Interact in year 10, and since then my outlook on my current situation has dramatically changed! I have met lots of people whom I would have otherwise had no cause to meet; I have developed presentation confidence and leadership skills; I have had the opportunity to support several charities and most importantly of all, I have been able to work with an incredible group of people from Year 7’s to our Rotarian Link Ivan Godfrey (who is slightly older than the rest of us!). I know that not only have I had the chance to lead but also in turn many year 11’s and younger members of the club have taken more active leadership roles in things they have been passionate about. I would urge any student to join Interact – you really won’t regret it!” Sam Padfield
“Interact is one of the highlights of my week. It is exciting to think that we have a committed group of over thirty students of all ages, united by their desire to make a positive difference. The group has gone from strength to strength, and continues to raise both awareness of the needs of others and funding for some amazing local and international charities.” Mrs Doeller
“Interact is a great way to meet new and old friends, it’s a friendly community that has a variety of people, from yr7s to yr11s, interact has boosted my self-confidence and has helped me form relationships with people I otherwise would not have…also there are great biscuits!” Beth Padfield
“Interact opens up a wide range of opportunities such as leadership and organisation. In my short time as an Interactor, I already have been involved in several events, which have boosted my confidence. I would recommend Interact to anyone as you can gain essential life skills” Caitlin Davies
“I’ve been in interact from the very beginning and I think that being a founding member I have probably got the best view of the group’s phenomenal progression. Every year the group exceeds what they had accomplished and sets the boundary even higher for later fund raising events. It’s always been a lovely welcoming atmosphere just being in the group as it is really like one big loving family, no matter how many faces we lose and gain.” Issie Durrant
“Interact is a bright and big group, a bit like what I would call a family” Libby Gollop