by Quentin Wodon
A few months ago, my daughters (who are both Interactors) launched Interact Today, a new global newsletter featuring service stories from around the world.
The first issue was published in May 2014. It had an interview with then Rotary International President Ron Burton and it featured an article about Muso, an award winning Rotary-funded malaria project in Mali co-founded by a former Interactor. The newsletter also featured articles among others on two projects run by Interact clubs, a project for literacy in Cambodia and a 5 kilometer race organized to raise funds for Doctors without Borders.
The second issue of Interact Today (Summer-Fall 2014) was published last month and is now available on the Interact Today page of this blog (click here to access this page and download the newsletter). The issue features two articles on Santa Cruz in Bolivia. The first article is about Campo Amigo, a unique grassroots educational initiative championed by local health professionals and volunteers to serve diabetic children through an annual four-day educational camp. The second article (in Spanish) is about a gymnastics program in one of the poorest parts of the city. The program has achieved amazing success, including several national gymnastics championships for the participating girls. Both projects were supported by Interact and Rotary Clubs.
The Summer-Fall 2014 issue also features articles about District conferences with strong Interact participation in Baltimore (United States) and Rome (Italy), and an interview with Joe Brownlee, the General Manager of Rotary International in charge of strategy.
Finally, two other stories in this Summer-Fall issue are about the greater Washington DC area in the United States. The first story is about a very creative initiative by a high school student to collect drawing crayons from restaurants and make them available to children who may not have the means to buy them in the US or abroad. The second story is about an innovative tutoring program run by Rotarians in one of the area’s poorest public schools. You just have to read about the experiment done by the students in that school with their tutors in order to measure the gravity constant – again, great creativity at work.
The plan is to publish Interact Today four times a year with three regular issues (Spring, Summer-Fall, and Winter) and one special issue. If you would like your story to be told on this newsletter, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or alternatively contact me through this blog and I will forward your information to my daughters (to send me an email, please use the Contact Me page).
The newsletter will aim to feature stories and analysis about projects reaching and serving children and youth, or run by youth (whether they are Interactors or not). Some of the articles will be featured through posts on this blog, and for especially creative projects, the idea is also to work with those submitting articles to help them write more in-depth case studies that can serve as references for many others.
So please, do submit an article or encourage Interactors and Rotaractors from your district to do so. This is a great way to get stories from your club or district to reach and inspire Rotarians, Rotaractors, and especially Interactors from many different countries.