Pearl Rotary’s sponsorship of the Lincoln High School Interact Club has entered its fourth year. Senior Catherine Wu is the president; Catherine and Treasurer Emily Wu attended the District 5100 Interact/Rotaract retreat Sept. 17-18.
Organizational meetings were held during the first weeks of school and a recruitment effort was made at the Sept. 30 Club Fair.
Catherine, pictured here at the Sept. 27 Pearl Rotary meeting, previewed the new Interact year at a LHS lunch meeting the same day. She said hunger will be a major project–including feeding the homeless in downtown Portland on Sunday, Oct. 2. Other projects during the year may include World Polio Day in October, a second Hoops for Hope benefit in the winter, a Hugs drive, and holiday caroling for food contributions.
Sisters Catherine and Emily are joined in the officer ranks by: Elizabeth Langford, vice-president; Gina Phillipi, service coordinator; Sarah Xu, volunteer coordinator; Marisa Polonsky, communications; Dylan Gattey, technology; Chantal Wong, secretary; Anna Cramer, special events. Advisor is Tonya Mjelde; Rotarian Don Smith serves as Pearl Rotary’s Interact liaison.
On Saturday, Sept. 10, Portland Rotaract took part in the district wide Panhandling for Polio event. “We took to the streets of Portland and focused efforts on the Portland Saturday Market and were able to raise $312 to donate to the Rotary Foundation,” said President Kari Anne McDonald. “We were joined by Pearl Rotarians Roger Meyer and Lou Radja. This is a yearly event and the club looks forward to working on this project again next year.”
Portland Rotaract kicked off the school year at Portland State University by participating in Party in the Park Thursday, Sept. 29. This is a yearly event at PSU and is a great recruiting opportunity for the club. On Saturday, Oct. 1, the club joined with all the Rotaract clubs in the district to make Water Purification Indicators(WAPIs) at Metzger Elementary School in Tigard. They were joined by Rotarians from Beaverton and their combined effort produced over 500 WAPIs that will be shipped to Africa.
Portland Rotaract meets weekly on Wednesday nights at 7pm. Their location changes so be sure to check their website for the most current information.
Pearl Rotarian Roger Meyer serves as Pearl Rotary’s Interact liaison.