District 5495 Youth Services News

Hello everyone!
Our Interact District Council most recently held our Interact Fall Leadership Conference on October 28th from 9 a.m. to noon. I am pleased to say that we had a remarkable turnout of students and advisors! The conference included amazing reports from the Crutches 4 Africa ambassadors, new projects and ideas, and beneficial breakout rooms between students and advisors.
Our Interact District Council is very pleased and happy our conference turned out! 
Now, our Interact District Council has begun to plan for our in-person conference, the Interact District Conference, being held at Boulder Creek High School in Anthem on February 24th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.! All advisors and students are highly advised to attend as there will be lots of amazing events and information and students will be able to interact with Interact students across Arizona.
Registration opens January 2nd, early bird prices are $25 up until January 24th, when prices will raise to $30! Our Council is looking forward to seeing everyone there!
Kassandra Macias
District 5495 Interact Governor 2023-24
Hello everyone!
This month the Interact District Council has been working diligently to prepare and plan for our Fall Leadership Conference, being held virtually 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, October 28. Our Fall Leadership Conference focuses on helping Interact Club officers and advisors with the success of their clubs for this upcoming school year.
There are many exciting and informational events which the Fall Leadership Conference showcases, such as inspiration for service projects, updates from our Ambassadors to Mexico and Kenya, insight into creating a successful Interact Club, and so much more! Our council is super excited to be hosting this conference, and we are looking forward to seeing all the officers and advisors! To be able to participate in our Fall Leadership Conference, register using the link below, or scan the QR code!
Along with planning the Fall Leadership Conference, our assistant governors have been working on reactivating inactive Interact clubs. Our council has a concrete plan for reactivating our clubs, which involves the sponsoring Rotary Club providing two scholarships for RYLA to sophomores in that high school with the inactive Interact club. However, since RYLA delegate applications close on October 31, it is especially urgent and a priority that these two sophomores get selected, and get their applications submitted!
There has been a proven impact that RYLA creates for high school students to want to participate in Interact, so this plan needs to be followed through! If you have any questions about this process, feel free to email or call me. My email is kassmacias@gmail.com and my phone number is (480)-694-6262.
Kassandra Macias
Interact District Governor
Hosted by Jennette and David Bill of the Rotary Club of Sedona Village, an exciting and enriching weekend unfolded for 14 international exchange students, proudly sponsored by Rotary Clubs from all corners of Arizona.
These dynamic young individuals hail from diverse nations, including France, Ecuador, Denmark, Brazil, Spain, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Ukraine, Japan, Thailand, Chile, and Sweden.
As part of the Rotary Exchange Program, these students are set to embark on a transformative journey, each spending an entire school year in Arizona. In a reciprocal spirit, students from Arizona will also have the opportunity to visit Rotary families in countries across the globe.
A standout highlight of their Sedona visit was an excursion to Slide Rock State Park to play and participate in a service project. Here, against the backdrop of Sedona's awe-inspiring natural beauty, the students experienced the joy of harvesting dozens of apples destined for local food banks from the historic orchards originally planted by Sedona's pioneering settlers.
The Rotary Club of Sedona Village is committed to promoting international goodwill and cultural exchange and was thrilled to host these enthusiastic young ambassadors of friendship. This memorable weekend not only fostered lasting friendships but also showcased the shared values of Rotary worldwide.
For more information about the Rotary Exchange Program and the Rotary Club of Sedona Village, please contact: Jennette Bill at JLBill@outlook.com.
Hello everyone!
My name is Kassandra Macias, a senior at Westwood High School, and I am the Interact District Governor for the 2023-2024 year!
This year I have selected Natalie Pacheco from Westwood High School to serve as the Executive Assistant Governor and Hannah Lewis from Canyon View High School as the District Secretary, and we have our Past District Governor Georgia Bukata. We as an Executive Board are eager to make many changes!
This year, we had a wide variety of applications to interview, and I am pleased to announce that we have 21 Assistant Governors for this year! Our district council has already begun our work including having two Zoom meetings and a very successful council retreat at Camp Wamatochick! At our retreat, we set our goals for the year, got to know one another, and had an endless amount of training to not only gain new Interact clubs but reactivate clubs across Arizona!
I am excited to announce that our Interact district’s theme for this year is “Hope Unites, Service Ignites”. Our Interact members are united because of hope — hope that we as a community can create change, not only within our community, but globally. We are all united by this hope, but we cannot make a change without having the ideal of “Service above Self.” We take this ideal and begin our service work. Our service work ignites friendships, connections, and transformations amongst ourselves and the world. This year, I would like to focus on uniting more Interact members across Arizona.
Kassandra Macias
Interact District Governor 2023-2024
Interact District 5495