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South Forsyth club named Interacts best
Projects keep group busy and active
UGA Day action photo
Farina Irani, left, and Jon Deurlein participate in a team-building activity at UGA Day. The day consisted of guest speakers, a discussion of Rotary service opportunities and a chance for students to meet Interact students from around the state through team and leadership activities. - photo by Submitted
A Rotary Club-sponsored group from South Forsyth High School took home top honors at a recent University of Georgia competition.

The South Forsyth Interact Club was named Interact Club of the Year at the Feb. 21 event, which featured 48 other schools.

The club, which has 65 members at South, meets twice a month to plan service projects, hear from guest speakers and hone leadership skills, said club sponsor Rebecca Deurlein.

Deurlein said the award went to the club that “boasts a variety of community service activities, promotion of leadership among its members, attendance and participation in fundraisers.

“These teenagers work so hard, giving up mornings, afternoons and weekends to spend time helping others,” Deurlein said. “They earned this award, and I couldn’t be more proud of them.”

Interact Club president Will Slade said being in the club has its rewards, but it’s an big undertaking.

“It’s great to be a part of a club that is always busy and active,” Slade said. “We have done a lot to reach out to others. And if we’re not in the middle of a project, we’re planning the next one.”

Last year, club members wrote more than 200 cards to soldiers stationed in Afghanistan.

They also cleaned children’s bikes to be given away at Christmas, put together gift baskets for the elderly and worked a concession stand at Laps for Life, a Rotary Club fundraiser.

The group’s upcoming activities include feeding the homeless in Atlanta and raising money for the Wheelchair Foundation, a group that donates wheelchairs to those in need worldwide.

Interact’s college counterpart, the Rotaract Club, is also supported by Rotary International.

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