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At Thursday’s meeting, representatives from Frontenac Secondary School were present because they hope to resurrect their Interact Club in the coming year. We also learned that a student, now on exchange in France, will be returning to Kingston Secondary School and is determined to open a new one there.
The Rotary Club of Kingston already sponsors three Intermediate-Secondary school Interact programs in the city area. Interact is a club program for youth aged 12-18, and is celebrating its 60th year in existence.

Rotary International sponsors 437,000 members in 19,000 clubs.

During our meeting we learned the three clubs we sponsor are La Salle Secondary School, a 4H Club and Leahurst College. Each either, through their Rotarian contact, or in person presented a summary of their activity during the past year.

The 4H Club

Chair of the Rural Committee, Rtn. Darlene Clement described how the 4H club:
  • packed food baskets at Christmas that would feed a family for a month
  • sold cash calendars,
  • provided food to people who lived in remote areas,
  • organized clothing drives, delivered valentines cards and freshly baked cookies and squares to over 200 residents to Fairmount House during COVID;
  • organized a food drive in April which collected 717 pounds of food and $780 cash to purchase food for those in need,
  • hosted the Storrington Lions Hall High Tea (150 people at $25/head!) in support of child life specialists at local hospitals, and
  • will assist in the preparation and serving of a breakfast at the Rideau Acres Hall on June 10th, to honour the memory of Neil Dick, a long time Rotarian.

Leahurst College

  • Paul Elsley spoke on behalf of Leahurst College where students are in the middle of exams.  It was a difficult year recovering from the impact of COVID. However, they:
  • Held a fund raiser for Dawn House,
  • Focused on domestic abuse and how to help in January,
  • Black History month was the focus in February,
  • April saw a focus on Earth Day and cleaning up the area near the school and
  • Conducted a book drive for students not able to afford them.

La Salle Secondary School

(L-R) Brett Anderson, Grace Gibson, Kate Cameron, Melanie Oleschuk

La Salle S. S was represented by four students Brett Anderson and Grace Gibson in Grade 11, and Melanie Oleschuk and Kate Cameron, Grade 12s. The teacher representative was Jenna Smallegange.

They too made a presentation which focused on the events they held each month. Their slide pictures provide a good synopsis of those events.