MidCoast Interact Club completes fourth year

Jun 17, 2014
MidCoast Interact Club presens a donation to the staff of the Hospitality House. From left, Pinny Beebe-Center, Stephanie Primm, Addie Drinkwater, Nele Boll, Molly Mann, Ellie Demmons, Grace Harrison, Frances Bateman, Jane Lafleur, president, West Bay Rotary Club, Tony Bates, president, Camden Rotary Club.

Rockport — The MidCoast Interact Club at Camden Hills Regional High School is completing its fourth year of service under the leadership of President Addie Drinkwater.

This year the members of the MidCoast Interact Club raised more than $4,300 in funds to donate to various local and global organizations. The club was recognized at the Rotary District 7790 annual conference with the Presidential Citation for actively working to Engage Rotary, Change Lives.

Topping the list of activities and donations is the 3rd Annual 5-Club End Polio Now Walk with the local Rotary clubs, raising $1,300 to donate to the Rotary International End Polio Now campaign. When Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines, the Interact Club jumped into action by manning a Shelter Box (shelterbox.org) display in front of French & Brawn on two Saturdays, raising more than $500 to add to funds that were raised the previous year for a total of $1,000 to donate a Shelter Box for the disaster struck area. This was the third Shelter Box the club has donated since its inception.

The project they are most proud of this year is presenting a $1,000 check to the Hospitality House for the purchase of a washer and dryer with any remaining funds to be allocated to its child care center. Other donations include $500 to Safe Passage, $100 in toys to the Camden Fire Department’s Toys for Tots drive and the purchase of a brick benefiting the Bleacher Project at Camden Hills in honor of the Interact graduating Class of 2014. Community service activities include helping with trail maintenance for Coastal Mountains Land Trust along with the West Bay Rotary Club, participating in the Christmas by the Sea Parade, providing a holiday food basket and Christmas tree to a local family as part of the Camden Rotary Annual Food Basket Project and volunteering at the Emergency Service Challenge organized by the Camden Fire Department.

The MidCoast Interact Club is a community based club and is co-sponsored by West Bay Rotary and Camden Rotary.

“West Bay Rotary Club is proud to support the successful Midcoast Interact Club as it provides opportunities for and awareness of community service while cultivating new young leaders, ” said Jane Lafleur, president of the West Bay Rotary Club.

For more information, email midcoastinteractclub@gmail.com or visit facebook.com/midcoastinteract.

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