The Interact Club, sponsored by the Rotary Club Dover, held its Presidential handover when outgoing President Owen Esson reported on a highly successful year 2017-2018. Two charities were the beneficiaries of the Club’s successful fundraising which had involved a highly successful disco evening, a quiz and Sports Day event as well as a Bingo evening. The charities receiving cheques from the £1363 raised were the local organisation Samphire and the International project supported by the Club called Life which provides, among other things, social and other support to children in Romania. Angie Murphy from Samphire thanked the Club members for their donation and indicated it would be used to alleviate the difficulties encountered by asylum seekers and others released from Detention Centre confinement. Maisie Batts accepted the cheque on behalf of the other charity. Owen also reported on joint events with the Rotary Club of Dover including being engaged in the annual Christmas collections and participating in the highly successful Christmas event at St Mary in Castro in which he read a lesson.
Robert Benson, headteacher of the Girls’ Grammar school, praised the pupils’ efforts and social awareness and expressed the hope that more and more students would become socially aware and engaged in the community. He particularly thanked Rotarian Gillian Pollard of the Dover Club, who has acted as link person between the clubs and mentor of the Interact club, for her support. The close connection between the two clubs was evidenced by the attendance at the Handover of President of the Rotary Club Dave Smith together with the Club’s President Elect Barbara Stapleton and Vice President David Fisher as well as Past President Peter Sherred.
The new team for the year 2018-2019 will be led by Abbey Tapley as President, Jake Dunne as Vice President with Fern Smith as Secretary and Daisy Lewis Treasurer.