A balmy sun-swept Tuesday, Oct. 6, found a gathering of Gig Harbor Midday Rotary Club officials at Henderson Bay High School enjoying the day with students and faculty at the formal installation of Rotary’s Interact Club at the school. Rotarians Scott Seitz, Pierce County Rotary Assistant Governor Howard Svigals, who is also the Gig Harbor Midday Rotary president, and Rotarian Patricia Scott joined in the festivities.
“Working with the Interact Club at Henderson Bay High School has become one of the true joys in my life,” Scott said. “They are thoughtful, caring young adults who honor us by allowing us to work with them.”
Justin Johnson, Interact Club president and a HBHS junior, said, “I want to change the world for the better. I know I will but I also know I can’t do it alone, and for that reason Interact is the best club to help me do so. I, along with our HBHS Club, will hopefully work closely with Gig Harbor High’s Interact Club to make the world better not only for us but for many others.”
“I am so happy to see Interact Club in my school getting recognized by a large group such as Rotary,” said junior Logan Richey, the club’s membership chair. “All I see is lots of good things to come.”
Senior Haley Wade said, “I like helping people and I think Interact Club will help me achieve my goal of becoming a counselor in the future. It also gives HBHS students more opportunities because we’re not a big high school.”
“We are really proud of our Interact club and all of the students who have made the commitment to serve others,” said HBHS Principal Brian Tovey. “These students, a great representation of HBHS, are doing wonderful things for our school and community.”
Sophomore and Interact Club member Hailey Hazen declared, “I just love that our school gets a good reputation! I joined Interact Club to help others and have fun.”
“We are extremely proud of our students and the commitment they made to have Interact Club be a part of HBHS,” said Robin Malich, Communities In Schools of Peninsula’s HBHS site coordinator. “The process was started last year and it’s finally come to full fruition. We have caring students who will be wonderful leaders within our school and community. We are so grateful for the support and commitment that Midday Rotary has provided to HBHS. Our CISP mentors are like family to us.”
Sophomore Alesandra Castaneda wrote, “I thought the official ceremony at our school was a really awesome thing to see. I joined Interact Club because I want to help others. It makes me feel amazing when something we did brings a smile to someone’s face.”
Mine was one of them, Alesandra.
Hugh McMillan is a longtime freelance writer for the Gateway. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.