Roswell Rotary Club

Student & Teacher Programs



4952_PNG_for_Word_documents_presentations_and_web_use_AdditionalFileWhat is Interact?

Simply put, Interact is a Rotary-sponsored service club for high-school students. Interact gives young people an opportunity to participate in meaningful service projects and to develop their leadership skills and initiative while meeting new friends.

Service Activities

Through their service activities, Interactors 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, and advancing international understanding and goodwill.

Rotary Resources

Interactors have access to the many resources of Rotary International and the Rotary Foundation. Rotary International provides the administrative support that helps Interact clubs thrive, but local Rotary clubs are also essential to successful Interact clubs. All high schools in your club’s attendance area should have an Interact club -if not, sponsor one.



Peace Is Possible

Since 1946, Rotarians in Georgia, USA, have promoted world peace through understanding by offering scholarships to international students for one year of study in Georgia colleges and universities. Georgia Rotary Clubs sponsor students recommended by a Rotary Club in their home country. The students become adopted members of a Georgia “host family,” but live on-campus at the school they attend. This is a scholarship program, not an exchange! Each year, about 80 students from all over the world make friends in the United States and other nations and learn about differing cultures and life styles. Georgia Rotarians believe “Peace is Possible” and through GRSP promote international goodwill through the bonds of friendship and understanding.

Barbara M. and Donald L. Thomas “Memorial Peace Award”

Don and Barbara Thomas were always been strong supporters of the Georgia Rotary Student Program. Through the years, they have helped entertain our club’s GRSP students and were always special friends to them. Barbara and Don were both Will Watt Fellows, and Don is also a Hue Thomas Fellow. In June of 1992, Don and Barbara created a Charitable Remainder Trust for $100,000. Then they put out a challenge to the rest of the clubs in District 6900 … If other District Rotarians would raise $100,000 for GRSP, Don & Barbara would match it again for a 2nd $100,000 trust. Because of their leadership, the money was raised and matched.

In 2002 they moved forward to establish an annual “Memorial Peace Award” so that a deserving GRSP student can be awarded $2,000. For years and years to come, this award will make it possible for Georgia Rotarians to help deserving students who otherwise could not afford to participate in this wonderful program.

Learn More About GRSP


We sponsor 100 Roswell high school students annually
  • Roswell Rotarians lead breakout sessions on business and leadership
  • We provide lunch and an inspirational keynote speaker
  • City officials educate students on the inner workings of local government

In Leadership 2020, our goal is to share some of the experience of members of our club and to accelerate the leadership opportunities for students. Four Rotarians covering various aspects of leadership and development will conduct rotating 45 minute sessions for these students. Following the morning sessions, the students are lunch guests of the club and are treated to a special keynote speaker. The afternoon is spent with officials from the City of Roswell, who educated the students on the inner workings of our city government.  


teacher exchange

Members of Roswell Rotary Club, Lee Hollingsworth, left, and Sid Disher, right, surprised Elkins Pointe teacher Marcela Saltos, center, during class to inform her she was selected to spend two weeks in Argentina as part of an exchange program.

May 07, 2013

Elkins Teacher Headed to Argentina

ROSWELL, Ga. – An Elkins Pointe Middle School teacher is the newest local educator selected to travel to Argentina thanks to the Roswell Rotary.

Marcela Saltos, a native of Colombia, teaches Spanish and English as a second language. The Roswell Rotary selected her as the newest teacher to spend several weeks in Buenos Aires, Argentina, touring local schools and learning about the culture and teaching techniques.

“This will be a unique opportunity for someone who has three countries of educational experience,” said Miranda Springman, principal of Elkins Pointe.


“The exchange can help Elkins Pointe and also the broader community,” said Lee Hollingsworth, a Rotarian who has headed up the exchange. “A teacher touches a lot of people.”

Roswell Rotary has operated their teacher exchange program for four years, alternating between sending a local teacher to Argentina for the summer and taking in an Argentine teacher in North Fulton during the winter. The Rotaries of both Roswell and Buenos Aires take care of the teachers and offer the program at no expense.

The teachers spend about two weeks touring local schools and learning foreign methods of teaching.

“The exchange is exciting,” said Springman. “It helps you realize that the way you do things aren’t the only way. The teachers learn so much.”

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student of the month

Awarding Teachers & Students

Each month our club invites students and teachers of the month from local schools to lunch. We give them an opportunity to speak to our club and present them with awards for achieving this great honor.



Character Education

The Georgia Laws of Life Essay Contest is a character education and ethical literacy program for high school students, grades 9 – 12. The contest asks students to select a Law of Life or maxim (such as “Honesty is the best policy,” or “To give is better than to receive”), and to write a personal essay explaining how the Law of Life applies to the student’s life. The program challenges students to reflect upon core values such as perseverance, generosity, courage and compassion, and it rewards those students who are willing to take a stand for their beliefs.
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4 Scholarships of $1,500 Awarded Annually

Roswell Rotary Club provides (4) scholarships of $1500 each to Roswell High School students under the Tom Zachary scholarship program. Scholarships are awarded to students who complete applications and are reviewed by a committee of Roswell Rotary members who evaluate each student based on academic achievement, leadership traits, and service to the community. Students who participate in Rotary Interact are given primary consideration.
The Roswell Rotary Club makes a formal presentation to the students at the annual Roswell High School scholarship awards program held in May of each year.