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Des Moines A.M. Rotary starts a Rotary Club for teens at Roosevelt High School

Posted December 12, 2013 in Des Moines West, Community Web Exclusives

December 11, 2013, Des Moines, Iowa.   More than 50 students will become official charter members of the Interact Club of Roosevelt High School Thursday, December 12th at 7 a.m. in the school library.  Sponsored by the Des Moines A.M. Rotary Club (DMAM Rotary), the Roosevelt Interact club members join a global youth network dedicated to community and international service. 

Open to youth aged 12-18 old, Interact clubs follow the Service Above Self guiding principle of Rotary International. Member organizations are encouraged to complete two major projects per year – one to serve the local community and one to develop international understanding and goodwill.

The self-governed and self-supported club also provides opportunities for leadership development.  Seniors McKenna Schnack and Emma Shafer will serve as co-presidents.  Vice President Elena Hildebrand, Secretary Ksenia Vickery, Treasurer Maddie Lorentzen and community service committee Chair Deidra Ennis round out theboard of directors.  The group plans to meet twice per month before and after school.

Interact board members and others present for the signing are available for comment before or after the ceremony. Those attending include Rotary District 6000 Governor Jacque Andrew, DMAM Rotary President Tamara Kenworthy, faculty advisor Lupe Thomason, school administrators, Des Moines area Rotarians, and Interact Rotarian Advisor, Liz Cox.

The DMAM Rotary members are proud to mentor these promising young ladies and gentlemen in their development as world and community leaders. DMAM Rotary celebrated its 22nd anniversary recently and meets most Fridays at 7 a.m. at the Wakonda Club. The mission of Rotary International is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional and community leaders.

Rotary DMAM has more than 160 members and the Club has worked on numerous projects around the globe over the years, in addition to its membership being highly involved in many service projects in the metro Des Moines area.  For more information regarding DMAM Rotary, contact Tamara Kenworthy at 515-314-6568 and

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