Mount Airy became the first middle school in the area to launch an Interact Club recently.
On Friday, the school held a chartering ceremony for the group, which is being sponsored by the Surry Sunrise Rotary Club.
This is the first Interact Club at a middle school in Surry County and one of only 10 in this region, said Carrie Venable, public information officer for Mount Airy City Schools.
The 21 charter members were chosen based on their academic performance and their desire to work in a service club, according to Venable.
The initial club officers are President Ellie Martin, Vice President Anna Kate Tucker, Secretary Macey James and Treasurer Alisha Dowell.
The ceremony began with an invocation and the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance. Richard Loftis, president of the Surry Sunrise Rotary Club, then welcomed the new club members and challenged them to “make their club a success, to find worthwhile projects for their club, and to have fun in doing those.”
Also, he explained to the club members and to the audience, “Rotary is a world-wide service organization of business people who want to make the world a better place to live by doing service projects both locally and internationally. The major emphasis of Rotary since 1979 is the effort to eliminate polio from the world; with only two countries still left in that effort; Afghanistan and Pakistan.”
Kim Morrison, a Surry Sunrise Rotary Club member, who has been instrumental in the formation of the club, explained to the new club members the purpose of their Interact club, service and leadership.
“I love to see students excited about serving others and passionate about causes that affect them. We hope to see our Interact at Mount Airy Middle School become a national leader for serving their community.”
The club was then addressed by Tim Matthews, the assistant district governor of Rotary District 7690. He gave the club members greetings from District Governor Larry Lassiter and congratulated them on their selection. He explained their charter, dated for Oct. 23, would be presented to them as soon as it was received.
Each club member was then presented with their chartering member certificates by their school club sponsors, Nicole Scearce and Jill Muckler. Catrina Alexander, a Surry Sunrise Club member, then led the group in the recitation of the Rotary Four-Way test; which is intended as a test to use for “all of the things we think, say, or do.” A short reception followed to allow the new club members and their families to speak to the Rotarians in attendance.
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