Lake and Sumter Style Magazine
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Saturday, June 12, 2021

South Sumter Interact Club Helps Friends in Dominican Republic

Rotary Club of The Villages/Evening sponsored the Interact Club of South Sumter High School in Bushnell for a project in the Dominican Republic with a joint effort of the Interact en La Colorado sponsored by Club Rotario Puerto Planta de Torres, Republica Dominicana.

Students helped provide paint for seven rebuilt houses in the Dominican Republic. The Interact Club members washed cars to raise funds to purchase paint that was applied by members of Club Interact en La Colorada.

Interact is a Rotary-sponsored service club for your people between 12 and 18 who care about issues in their communities as well as around the world. There are approximately 512,000 members in more than 22,250 Interact club around the world. Each club has four committees and a board of directors to provide development and hone leadership skills while working two projects per year–one that helps in their community and one that promotes international understanding and goodwill.

Jamie Losito is president of The Villages Rotary Club/Noon. She says, “As I was planning for my year as president of our club and reflecting over the great work this small group of dedicated individuals has done, I was inspired by the quote from Margaret Mead: ‘Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.’”

A worldwide organization of service clubs, Rotary has 1.2 million members who follow guiding principles, which include a commitment to service and service to youth. Currently, Rotary Club of The Villages/Evening and Rotary Club of the Villages/Noon are jointly organizing a club at Lake-Sumter State College in Leesburg.