Katie Arey, charter member and incoming president of the Interact Club at Harker Heights High School, was the guest speaker at the Aug. 21 Rotary meeting.

Interact is a club for ages 12 to 18 who want to connect with others in their community or school.

“(Arey) makes me tired with her energy, enthusiasm and happiness about this club,” said John Johnson, Rotary Interact Club adviser. “It’s an honor to work with her.”

Interact Club members Sarah Crowder and Anna White were guests at the meeting. Club members have fun while carrying out service projects and learning about the world. The club organizes at least two service projects a year. One event benefits the community and the other encourages international understanding. The club receives guidance from the Harker Heights Rotary Club.

The club also has a board of directors that governs their activities and allows them to be self supporting under the supervision of a campus adviser. Rotary Youth Leadership Awards is a leadership development program operated by Rotary.

The Heights Interact Club has already begun to plan it’s community service project for the 2014-2015 school year. Their major fundraiser will focus on assisting Habitat for Humanity.

“If people are concerned about the future of our country they need to spend some time with these kids,” Johnson said. “Then they’ll realize that we’ll be in good hands.”

Arey was selected by the members of the Heights club to attend the RYLA camp June 28 to July 4 in Bastrop. She was involved in learning leadership fundamentals and ethics, communication skills, problem solving and conflict management and community and global citizenship.

“I was absolutely thrilled that Katie was selected for the Riley Youth Leadership Award,” said Scot Arey, Rotary Club member and Katie’s father. “The Interact Club is producing strong leaders ... (and emphasizes) our theme of ‘service above self.’”

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