Soldotna Rotary Youth Programs

Welcome to Soldotna Rotary Club's Youth programs!

Interact is Rotary International’s service club for young people ages 12 to 18. Interact clubs are sponsored by individual Rotary clubs, which provide support and guidance, but they are self-governing and self-supporting.

Club membership varies greatly. Clubs can be single gender or mixed, large or small. They can draw from the student body of a single school or from two or more schools in the same community.

Each year, Interact clubs complete at least two community service projects, one of which furthers international understanding and goodwill. Through these efforts, Interactors develop a network of friendships with local and overseas clubs and 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

As one of the most significant and fastest-growing programs of Rotary service, with more than 10,700 clubs in 109 countries and geographical areas, Interact has become a worldwide phenomenon. Almost 200,000 young people are involved in Interact.


For more information about Kenai River Interact sponsored by Soldotna Rotary Club, contact Interact Chair Lara McGinnis

or email us at


"Why should I become an exchange student?"

Exchange students reap many rewards from their yearlong experience. These include:

  • Making lifelong friends in their new culture, with host families, with students from around the world and with other exchange students in Rotary District 5010
  • Learning to represent their country, state, city, school, age group and culture as an "ambassador" to another country
  • Learning a foreign language
  • Gaining an appreciation for another culture, and a deeper understanding of the world
  • Gaining a new appreciation for their home culture and what it has to offer
  • Gaining a better understanding of themselves
  • Learning to adapt to a new way of life, new families and new culture
  • Building leadership skills
  • Making memories that last a lifetime