• Winner: Second Place
  • Date: 1/31/2019
  • Rotary Year: 2018-2019
  • Award Category: Youth Activities
  • Club NameBlacksburg
  • Member First NameLeslie
  • Address: 
    1516 Oriole Dr
    Blacksburg, VA 24060
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  • Email: hometown_appraisal@msn.com
  • Brief Description: 
    The club sponsored two students from Blacksburg High School to attend RYLA. They attended our meeting in January to share with club members about their experience.

    We sponsor the Interact Club at Blacksburg High School and currently have 40 student members. Members of our club’s leadership meet with the student leaders at Blacksburg High to mentor them in their positions. Interact encourages students to be productive and involved citizens through volunteerism with local non-profits like Special Olympics and the American Cancer Society’s event Relay for Life at Virginia Tech. Interact students participate in our club’s signature fundraiser, the Chocolate Festival and support the Blacksburg Interfaith Food Pantry through participation in food drives and Micah's Caring Initiative through packing backpacks of food for distribution to school children to provide weekend meals.

    We provide $12,000 in scholarships to local high school students. Rotarians distribute scholarship information through the guidance counselors at the public high schools in early spring. Selections are based on teacher recommendations, talent (for fine arts), service and interviews with Rotarians. We awarded four (4) fine arts scholarships, four (4) career and technical education and four (4) scholarships for math and science.

    We sponsor one outgoing student for the 2018-2019 school year to the Czech Republic.

    We sponsor Environmental projects through Montgomery County Schools, such as the 1st and 2nd grade Gardens at a local elementary school.
  • Participation of Club Members: 
    Overall, about 22% of our active club members participate in youth service activities.

    The Vocational Service Committee (9 club members or 10% of active membership) review the applications and conduct the interviews for scholarships. The students attend a Rotary meeting in the spring to perform, tell us about their plans and thank us for their scholarships. We average 80% of our memberships at these special meetings.

    Interact/Youth Achievement Committee has 9 members (10% of active membership) that mentor students and attend meetings.

    Interactors visit the club and provide a report on their activities. 80% participation of club members.
  • Resulting Benefits: 
    Our RYLA sponsored students benefit greatly from their participation. They presented to the club on January 17, 2019. Meeting with the club provides them an opportunity to polish their public speaking skills and to learn to articulate their thoughts before an audience. At RYLA the students heard from speakers, participated in team activities, practiced leadership skills and participated in the Rotary Four Way Test Speech Contest. The students were given the chance to lead, learn, have new experiences and forge new relationships. They will use these skills and networks to shape their future.
    Our total of $12,000 in scholarships help fund higher education for 12 Montgomery County High School students who excel in fine arts, career and technical service, and math/science. Scholarships introduce students to Rotary and “Service Above Self”, which encourages them to become more productive and involved citizens while achieving their educational goals.
    The Interact Club at Blacksburg High School has approximately 40 members. They have completed several projects such as making blankets for Project Linus, Thanksgiving baskets for needy families, collected and delivered food for the Interfaith Food Pantry, and plan to plant trees with our Club at the High School. They held a bake sale to raise funds for End Polio Now. Members attended the 2018 district conference and are planning to attend the 2019 conference. Two students attended RYLA this year.
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