Early Saturday morning, November 5, 2011, hundreds of teenagers from a 44-county area will converge on The Winston School San Antonio for a New Generations Conference of leadership training, sharing accomplishments and international community service.  High school Interact clubs in central and south Texas have volunteered many week-ends over the past year to better their local communities and the world through hands-on volunteer projects, raising money and collecting items to help those in need.  Interact members develop a world-wide network of friendships and learn the importance of:
  • Developing leadership skills;
  • Demonstrating helpfulness and respect for others;
  • Understanding the value of individual responsibility and hard work; and 
  • Advancing international understanding and goodwill
As one of the most significant and fast-growing programs of Rotary service, with more than 10,700 clubs in 109 countries and geographical areas, Interact has become a worldwide phenomenon. Approximately 200,000 young people are now involved in Interact.
For details about the conference, click on District 5840 New Generations Interact Conference in the District Events section of the Home Page. 
Pictured with the Winston Interact Club are (back row from left) Past Centennial District Governor John Peterson, Boerne Sunrise Rotary Club President Charlie Wetherbee, Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar from Lebanon, Lamis Lamareddine. Back row right: Rotary Executive Assistant District Governor Dr. Yvonne Soliz-Valdez, Rotary District Governor Elect Lisa Herring,
and Professor/Interact Club Sponsor, Mike Canales. 

The Winston School Interact Club recently received acknowledgment from the White House as five members were awarded Presidential Volunteer Service Awards. Winston Spanish teacher and Interact Club Sponsor, Mike Canales, adds, “Our Interact Club logged over 3,000 community service hours and collected over $7,000 in cash and in-kind donations for nonprofit agencies/organizations last school year. This is an increase of service hours and funds raised compared to the prior year. ” South Texas Money Management is the conference facility sponsor.  Other underwriters include the Boerne Sunrise Club.