By Brianna Rodriguez, D5495 Interact District Governor
Hi Everyone! I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving!
Our Interact District Council recently celebrated the completion of a successful Fall Leadership Conference at the end of October. We had meaningful and inspiring presentations from our Kenya/Mexico Ambassador Teams and from some of our own Assistant Governors.
Next, our District Council will begin planning our Interact District Conference which will be held on Feb. 26, at Centennial High School.
This past month, ASU Rotaract reached out to our Interact District to host a food drive competition between our Interact clubs in support of Hunger Awareness Week (11/14-11/20). ASU Rotaract will be awarding the club with the most pounds collected with both a pizza party and a certificate of recognition at our District Conference.
Another huge project that our District is currently implementing is a Virtual Blood Drive, with the help of the non-profit blood drive organizer Vitalant.
During the holidays, Arizona regularly experiences a huge shortage of blood for those in need. We’re encouraging our Interact Clubs to reduce this shortage by signing up for the Virtual Blood Drive (Nov. 24th-Jan. 7th) through our website (
A total of 100 blood donations would help 300 patients! If we all teamed up on this one project, imagine how much of an impact we could make!
The Interact Club with the most completed blood donations will earn FREE registration to our Interact District Conference in February. More information about this project and how it works can be found on our website.
Lastly, it has been an amazing year for our clubs so far!
  • Barry Goldwater Interact volunteered at a raptor rehabilitation center and disposed of 2,400 pounds of debris!
  • BASIS Scottsdale Interact recently raised over $400 by selling custom donuts donated by Dunkin Donuts for our Purple-Pinkie Project!
  • Washington High School Interact is in the process of sewing 200 scarves for Andre’s House, while also participating in other projects such as lunch bag decorating for H.E.L.P who provides lunches to children experiencing homelessness/hunger.
  • Mohave Interact has also been busy with highway clean ups, unloading trees for their “Operation Cool Shade”, and bonding with their club members by having a friendsgiving!
To continue to keep up with our Interact Clubs, follow us on Facebook (Interact District 5495 Council) or Instagram (@interactaz5495).