Ozen Forms Rotary Interact Club
Clifton J. Ozen Magnet High School students and officers were installed into the Rotary-sponsored Interact Club on November 9, 2017. Interact is Rotary International’s service club for young people ages 12 to 18. Ozen's club is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Beaumont and is recognized by Rotary International as a new charter club.
“The installation ceremony of 26 members was significant and historic because these students are the founding members of this global youth organization,” said Sean M. Perrodin, Rotary member and Ozen Interact sponsor. “There are nearly 159 countries with Interact clubs. Ozen is now one of approximately 20,340 Interact clubs with close to 470,000 ‘Interactors’.” Although the Rotary Club of Beaumont provides support and guidance, the club is self-governing and self-supporting.
Interact clubs provide students with an opportunity to serve their communities, and to learn more and assist in their own way with global causes through service projects. With the Rotary Four-Way Test as their guide, the students learn the importance of
- Developing leadership skills and personal integrity
- Demonstrating helpfulness and respect for others
- Understanding the value of individual responsibility and hard work
- Advancing international understanding and goodwill
Rotary President Tim Sudela, Past President Ted Moor, and Youth Chair Jim Baxter attended the ceremony, along with Sponsor Rotarians Sean Perrodin and Karyn Husbands, and Beaumont Rotarians John Rollins, Brenda Gray and Michael Perez. Kelvin Cormier serves as the faculty adviser. The Ozen Interact officers include President Benjamin Harris, Vice President Stefhani Herrarte, Secretary Cindy Rodriguez, Treasurer Curtis Jackson and President-Elect Caelan Carr.
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