March 15, 2002

Winter Is Not Too Cold For The Beach In Carlsbad

Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary Club Rotarian Mike Bardin, Vocational Director, introduced Jonathan Ji, president of Carlsbad High School's Interact Club. Rotarian Kurt Filip-ovitch Finance Chairman, presented a check for $200.00 to Ji for the assistance his group gave Rotary on their biggest benefit of the year—Octoberfest. Interact men and women students placed advertising posters and distributed flyers; established a children's identification booth; gave the accounting firm "hands on" help with the accounting for the event; helped set-up booths; and served in booths during the day.

The Rotary Interact club students learn to serve others and direct their lives according to the Rotary Four Way Test: Is the activity or business the truth?; Is it fair?; Will it build good will and better friendship?; And, will it benefit all concerned?

Recently, the Interact Students who are not afraid of going to the beach in the wintertime, these students came to a large State Park beach at 9:00 A.M. with their Rotarian lead-er, Mike Bardin to clean up the area. Of the 17 miles of beach available, together with us fellow Rotarians they picked up enough trash to fill a truck and to make a difference.

Even after cleaning 4 beach-es, there is still plenty more trash for anyone else willing to help. Interacters have further demonstrated the value of their early training in serving others through other special activities: worked at Rotary's Oktober-fest; adopted a Carlsbad family to feed and buy gifts and through the Carlsbad Christmas Bureau helped distribute them; made Christmas cards for the Tijuana El Faro orphanage; tutored students at the Carlsbad Boys and Girls Club; and gave $500.00 to the Carlsbad High School Grad Night party.

Since 1962, ROTARY INTERACT CLUBS have been on High School campuses to provide opportunities for young people to work together in a world fellowship dedicated to service and international understanding. In San Diego and Imperial Counties, there are 27 High Schools with Interact Clubs (about 621 students).

Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary Club has adopted the Interact Club at Carlsbad High School. Beginning in 1968, Interactor members who continue on to college and are 18 to 30 years of age, may join a ROTARY ROTORACT CLUB on a College Campus. Now, 8 local Colleges have Rotoact Clubs with about 184 active Colligates in San Diego and Imperial Counties. Rotoact Students in 151 countries belong to 7008 Rotoact Clubs with 161,184 students.

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