Some of the new members of the Inter-Lakes High School Interact Club. (Photo by Erin Plummer) (click for larger version)
November 07, 2018MEREDITH — The Inter-Lakes High School Interact Club was recognized for its community service as it inducted 23 new members.
Interact is a nationwide organization for high school students sponsored by the Rotary Club. The Inter-Lakes High School chapter held its induction ceremony on Thursday night, along with presentations of money and items collected for different local organizations.
Richard Goodby of the Meredith Rotary Club's Interact Committee said there are more than 500,000 members of Interact worldwide, which compared to Meredith's population of more than 6,000 people is staggering.
Rotary District Governor Venu Rao presented the club with a citation recognizing its community service.
"How fortunate we are to look around and see what we can do to help our fellow human beings who are less fortunate," Rao said.
He said this club has helped its community in many different ways, which makes everyone proud.
"We come together as Rotarians to bring our time, our talent, and our treasure to help fellow human beings," Rao said.
Rao said each dollar raised by Rotary Clubs for any charitable purpose is matched by $3.50 by Rotary International. One example was a water project in India, where the Rotary clubs in the US and India raised $25,00 each.
Interact made a number of presentations of dollars and items raised for local organizations.
Keith True of the Meredith Police Department accepted a check for the LEAD program, which educates sixth graders about substance abuse.
Interact had scheduled a day running the Moulton Farm Corn Maze to raise money for Make-A-Wish New Hampshire, though the event had to be cancelled. Rotary still donated $500 and John Moulton from Moulton Farm donated $160, giving $660 to Make-A-Wish. Helping to accept the check was a wish recipient named Lucas, who went to Disney World for his wish.
Over the month of October Inter-Lakes Interact had collected over 1,400 pairs of socks for their Soxtober event. The event collects socks, which are often the most needed and least donated itemto homeless shelters.
The socks were presented to three local organizations: The Pemi Bridge House in Plymouth, the Salvation Army of Laconia, and the Santa Fund of the Greater Lakes Region. Representatives from the Pemi Bridge House and the Santa Fund were at the presentation. A presentation will be made to the Salvation Army at a later time.
Andrea Condodemetraky of the Santa Fund said these socks are delivered with every pair of boots that goes out.
"We deliver these socks with a smile and a hug and hope, which us a lot for a lot of people," Condodemetraky said.