Grooming youngsters Eighteen Interact clubs in a single year is no mean achievement and RC Batlagundu New Generation takes the credit.

Interactors in action — on a cleanliness drive.

As the name suggests RC Batlagundu New Generation, District 3000, is situated in Batlagundu in ­Dindigul district, at the foot hills of Kodaikanal, Tamilnadu. The 40-member club was chartered in 2009. This year the club has reached out to the young student community residing in rural areas near the town.

The Club President M Rajkumar along with his team made plans to inculcate the spirit of service at an early age among the youth. Eighteen Interact clubs were formed in the village schools in and around ­Batlagundu. More than 5,000 students were educated on Rotary and its service to community.

“Students are the future of Rotary. By installing Interact clubs in schools we are ensuring the development of the next generation of community leaders,” says Rajkumar.

Students are the future of Rotary. Interact clubs ensure development of the next generation of leaders.

RYLA programmes along with RC Karur Angels, career guidance workshops, motivational seminars and inter-school competitions were held in the schools. As all the schools were located in poor rural areas, the Rotarians organised programmes to inculcate the concept of the WinS programme for the students to create fundamental awareness on cleanliness, avoiding open defecation and following clean sanitation practices.

The club built toilet blocks, basketball gallery, badminton court and provided school uniforms, fans and other furniture in some of the schools. Meritorious students were given scholarships of Rs 10,000.

The Interactors are doing their bit for the community through service projects such as tree plantation, dengue awareness, adult literacy, water conservation, organic farming programmes and conducting rallies on social issues and ‘Clean-India’ themes.

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