Saturday, March 14, 2015

• Interact Club: Senior Prom

Today I had a chance to attend a Senior Prom... for REAL Seniors. It was at Wildomar Senior Leisure Community on S. Pasadena.

Jacqueline Serrano and Elizabeth Englehart

I spoke with Jacqueline Serrano and Elizabeth Englehart, of Elsinore High School's Interact Club, and asked them a couple of questions about the event.

So tell me a bit about this event.
We got a $500 grant from The Rotary Club to put on the prom. We bought the supplies, then gave them the receipts, and they reimbursed us.

I haven't heard of "The Interact Club" what is it?
The Interact Club is a high school club that works with The Rotary Club. Our club is designated to working in the community, and the motto is Service Above Self. We're all about helping people on a voluntary basis.

What I like about the Interact Club is that we do a lot of small scale projects instead of large fund raisers... things like this [the Senior Prom event] in the community so we can actually interact and talk to everyone. A lot of the people here opened up and told us stories about themselves.

How much prep time went into today's event?
We met each week for about 30 mins, and that was over the course of six weeks. Then we had to go out and shop for the supplies, decorations and food. We had a raffle, and our club made baskets [as prizes] and we took time putting those together too.

Sorry, I don't have the names of all the members of The Interact Club... but here are their smiling faces. ☺

I asked Bonnie Osting, the office manager at WSLC, how it was working with the club.

"They're fantastic. I worked with them in the past, and I didn't have to do anything. It was easy as an Activity Person, just to sit back and let them do everything. It was wonderful. They did the decorating, they did the food and they got the residents up dancing."

A conga line as it went through the attendees.
The liaison between the Interact Club and the Rotary Club for this event was Dana DeJong. I asked her to fill in some details about the day.

"The Interact Club showed up at 9:00 in the morning and started decorating they did everything. They did the food, the decorations, the photobooth, the baskets for the raffle."

What a great opportunity it was for the coming generation to participate in something so noble with a very accomplished generation. I just wish I'd known of such things when I was growing up. A great direction to encourage your teen to go in.
A WWII vet and his "date" as they mug for the camera. A lot of patterns going on there. :)

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What should young people do with their lives today? Many things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured.   —Kurt Vonnegut

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