2023-2024 Rotary District 5890 Interact Committee


Emi Abiera-Chemat (Photo, left) Email:  emichemat.rotary@gmail.com,  Cellular:  1-346-732-2628
Erica Alderete  (Photo, right) Email:  ealderete,rotary@gmail.com
Frank Parrilla  Email:  flparrilla@icloud.com   Cellular: (832) 396-2416
Kim Scofield  Email:  kimscofield1@gmail.com
Pamela Hunt (District Dues) Email:  PHunt@ecmh.org
Interact District 5890 E-Mail:   interactdistrict5890@gmail.com
Meet Your 2023-2024 Interact District 5890 Officers!
Interact District Governor:  Rianna Skaria
Interact Lieutenant Governor:  Devan Chadha
Secretary:  Diya Gaur
Communication Officers:
Internal Communications (Newsletter):  Mani Maram
External Communications (Promoting to schools and Rotary Clubs):  Shaun Sebastian and Nikki Dash
Social Media:  Sumedha Mohanty
Meet Rianna, Devan, Diya, Mani, Shaun, Nikki and Sumedha  as they share why they joined Interact,
tell you about their favorite Interact event, and their goals for 2023-2024!
To Access Some of the Interact Resources and Links, You Will Need To Create A "My Rotary" Account - Click For How-To Instructions
Interact:  The Past, The Present & The Future!

interactors 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.

Today’s Interactors are channeling enthusiasm and ideas into projects of remarkable impact. These young people offer more than just volunteer numbers for a Rotary club’s service projects. They’re key collaborators from start to finish. And in some cases, they’re leading the way.

Click to explore projects that Interactors are doing to impact the world!

Visit Interact District 5890 on Facebook!
Just Announced!!!  Rotary International's 2023 Interact Awards!
The 2023 Interact Awards are now LIVE!  Click to learn more The 2023 Interact Awards invites Interact clubs across the globe to create an Interact promotion! Develop a promotional video, photo, and/or essay that raises awareness about Interact and shares what being an Interactor means to you and your Interact club.
As soon as you have your entry ready, click the blue button below to submit!  Click here to read the 2023 Interact Awards Submission Terms.  Deadline:  Submissions due by December 3, 2023

For this year's theme, Rotary International is inviting Interact clubs to promote Interact.

Awards will be given for best video ($1,000), best photo ($500), and best essay ($500). One club in each category will win a cash prize to support one of its service projects, as well as a plaque and a letter from the Rotary International president.

Photo Release (see examples below):  For photos or videos in which a person is recognizable, you must receive written permission from the subject and the parent or legal guardian of any minors or individuals who lack legal capacity to i) record, and ii) use their likenesses/images and voices in the video or photo: 

1)   You must disclose to the subject(s) the purpose of the video or photo, and that Rotary will be using their image; and
2)  Photos and videos must not defame or invade the privacy rights of any person orinclude private health information.
Example - Photo/Model/Likeness Consent Form - Click here for Word
Example - Model Release Photo Guidelines - Click here for PDF

Want to watch videos from the 2022 Interact Awards for inspiration?  Click photo below, or click here

Interact Club downloads, logos, forms, links, resources, events & Activities for 2023-2024

For the 2023-2024 School Year, click here to visit our "Interact Club Downloads, Logos, Forms, Links & Resources" Webpage to find:   Important resources and guides for Interact including Interact Guide for Rotary Sponsors and Advisors, Recommended Interact Club ByLaws & Constitution, How to Promote Interact, Opportunities for Interactors, Licensed Merchandise Vendors, Important Dates & More!
The 2022 Interact Handbook a Guide for Interactors provides tools for Interactors to create a club that reflects their goals while having fun! Built with input from Interactors from around the globe, this handbook offers key information and workbook pages to guide Interactors to...
  • Start an Interact Club
  • Build a dynamic club that offers all members meaningful service and leadership opportunities
  • Promote your club's work to your community and the Rotary world.
This guide is designed to help adults empower youth and provide a meaningful and fun experience for young leaders and adults. Our goal is to meet needs of adults serving as: Interact Rotary Club Sponsors, co- sponsors (Rotary clubs or Rotaract clubs), Interact advisers and those considering these roles.
(COMING SOON!  In the next few months, Rotary International will replace the above 2016 edition with a new, improved 2023 guide.) 
Our 2024 Camp RYLA will be Friday, February 9th at 8 PM - Sunday afternoon, February 11, 2024.
Apply Now - Deadline for students to submit their application is November 15, 2023!
Learn more about CAMP RYLA!
Study Abroad!  Apply to Be A 2024-2025 Rotary Youth Exchange Student

Want to learn more about the priceless, life-changing opportunities with Rotary Youth Exchange?  Please join us on the upcoming FREE ZOOM meetings where the experts will share this exciting opportunity to all attendees. 

Click for Event Flyer! 

Who is invited?:  Students, Parents, Teachers, School Counselors, Host Parents and Rotarians!

ZOOM Meeting Dates & Times
September 13th, 19th, 21st & 25th
October 10th, 16th, 18th & 24th
Time for all Meetings:  6:30 PM to 8 PM

Questions?  Email:  admin@ryehouston.com

Click for Event Flyer! 
Interact District 5890 P.E.T.S. Handbook for 2023-2024
The year of being the president of an Interact club can be exciting...and a little overwhelming if the president isn't prepared.  While Interact needs to be FUN, it is also supposed to be "Serious Fun" because of all the live-saving and life-changing service projects that the Interactors get accomplished.  Your members "Create Hope in the World!" 
Our 2023-2024 Interact District 5890 P.E.T.S. Handbook will help boost the leadership skills of the Interact presidents, Teacher Advisers, and Rotary Sponsors and help them prepare in advance for a successful leadership year.

save the date!


Saturday, March 23, 2024
9 AM to 5 PM
Lone Star College - CyFair Campus Conference Center,
9191 Barker Cypress Road, Cypress TX 77433
More details coming soon!

ROTARY YOUTH PROTECTION GUIDE - A MUST READ for interactors, faculty advisers, and rotary clubs!

Click here to download the Rotary Youth Protection Guide which is a comprehensive manual to providing a safe and secure environment for all young people involved in Rotary programs and activities. All club and district leaders involved in Interact, RYLA, or Rotary Youth Exchange should review this guide.
By June 30th each year, the Rotarian serving as your Club Advisor of your Interact club is required to report an advisor to maintain your club's "Active Status" and to continue receiving resources from Rotary International. Advisors can be a member of the sponsoring Rotary club, a school administrator or faculty member, or community volunteer to serve as an adult contact to the Interact club.  Update the contact information. 
Find your voice and change the world with service-learning, Rotary’s new approach to youth service! Interactive courses and downloadable workbooks are available now in Rotary’s Learning Center for adult advisors and youth program participants ages 16 and older. Get started on your service-learning journey today at rotary.org/learn.
(Note:  You'll need to create a "My Rotary" Account at Rotary.org.  Click here for step-by-step instructions.)
Want To Charter A NEW Interact Club?
Starting a new Interact club is a great way to engage with young leaders in your community!  The Interact "Guide for Rotary Club Sponsors & Advisers" includes step-by-step instructions to charter a new Interact club at your local middle or high school.  
Click here to visit the Interact page on Rotary.org
Click here to learn more details about Interact on Rotary.org
And the Grand Prize Video Award Goes To The...Interact Club of Golden Gate Int'l College, Nepal!
The moment we've been waiting for...the 2022 Interact Awards Best Video award goes to Interact Club Of Golden Gate College, Nepal! Rotary International's panel of judges were impressed by their commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion with their "Triveni for Equality Project".
"'Triveni' is a Sanskrit word for the meeting spot of three rivers. These rivers that travel from different places mix and become one, flowing under the same name. Project Triveni was named so because it unites three themes Diversity, Equity and Inclusion into one beautiful project"
And Best Video Runner-Up Awards Goes To...
The Interact Club of Valmiki Nepal
The Interact Club of Lotus Valley International School, India
The Interact Club of Santa Roas Science and Technology High School, Philippines
See what other Interact clubs across the globe are doing!
Visit YouTube.com/@InteractOfficial to watch the 2022 Videos, plus previous years!
Books For The World Project in District 5890:  2023-2024 Book Sorting Dates

the "books for the world project" is four-Projects-in-one

Book Sortings Are Resuming September 23, 2023!
2023 Books for the World sortings have resumed and will be held at the NEW Books for the World warehouse located at 3401 Navigation Blvd, Houston.
Upcoming 2023 Sorting Dates: 
If you can volunteer, please click here to register!
Sept 23, Oct 7, Oct 21, Nov 4, Nov 18 and Dec 9
Calendar for December - May 2024 coming soon!
The Books for the World Project which is an International, Literacy, Vocational & Environmental project, was started here in Rotary District 5890 and has earned support from multiple Rotary districts around the globe.
Photo on left is of students in Kenya receiving books that our Houston-area Interact students sorted and palletized then were shipped via ocean freight.
A HUGE thanks to you for supporting this project!  Without our Interactors in District 5890...this project couldn't happen!  Our District 5890 Interactors are vital to the success of this project since the volunteer at the monthly book sortings to help palletize the books. 
Since 2002. we've shipped  17.6 MILLION pounds of books (that's 17.1 MILLION books) shipped FREE of CHARGE to 25 countries at a value of USD17,655,106!  Rotarians in those countries then give the books...free of charge...to teachers, schools, libraries, and universities. 
We purchase the 40-foot, steel shipping container used to transport the books and it is also donated to the communities!  These containers are converted  into community libraries, medical clinics, Polio vaccine centers, community centers, and more!
Above:  A 40-foot container that had been loaded here in District 5890 arrives at a school in Kenya and students help unload the books that our greater Houston area District 5890 Interactors had packed. 
Below:  This 40-foot, steel shipping container has been converted into a community library in Africa.
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