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Interact teens in Wellesley meet with India wellness project co-facilitator.
Governor Baker visited the Rotary Club of Bedford on September 27 and shared information with Rotarians, including our own Donna Armentano. District 7910 created a video for the event illustrating a variety of Rotary projects in Massachusetts and beyond.  In the first two minutes you will recognize our Wellesley Interact project:
 
 Nathan Chiu invites other teens to join the emotional Wellness Project.
You help Rotary deliver programs when you buy a ticket to its stage events or with outright donations. Programs in Wellesley range from planting trees and facilitating reading to preventing depression, the best way to prevent suicide. 
 
   
 
 
 
 
What’s the best way for a fast start to Wellesley’s Wonderful Weekend?  A hearty pancake breakfast served by the Rotary Club  of Wellesley.
Rose Pavlov of Ivy Child International spoke at the Tuesday April 14th meeting.
Several members of the Wellesley Interact Club earned a citation from State Senators Richard J. Ross and Cynthia Stone Creem. The citation reads, “In recognition of your success co-facilitating the Break Free from Depression curriculum with middle school age youth at the Boys and Girls club of Waltham as part of your Interact club’s Wellness Project”.
Our young and enthusiastic guest speaker, Emma Collins, was introduced by Prez Mitch Freeman. She represents MARE (Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange). Emma has been working with them on their development and communication areas, acting as their “Ambassador of Good Will”. 
Tory DeFazio introduced the guest speaker, Representative Alice Peisch. Alice represents all of Wellesley, Weston and one precinct in Wayland in the State House of Representatives. 
Wellness Project volunteers from Rotaract, Rotary & Interact clubs

 

The Wellness Project provides resources and training for all kids to improve coping skills. Basically, teens are trained and then they teach others in groups from schools, congregations and clubs. The teen mentors are members of Interact, clubs sponsored by Rotary for youth age 12-18. Example content may be viewed by clicking this web link or you may email BobAnthony@AdolescentWellness.org.

The college age club affiliated with Rotary is called Rotaract. Five members of the Babson College Rotaract club are helping with the project (Jonathon  Kohlmeier, Bernardo Moreno and Katherine Will; not pictured are Kali Diamond and Josh Boutin).

 

Wellesley club receives banner from San Juan
 
The Rotary Club of Wellesley president, Mitch Freeman, received a banner from the Rotary Club of San Juan. Mr. Freeman is flanked on his left by wellness project volunteers Michael Stedman and Fred Wright and on his right by Nora Pou, John Adams, Vin Spoto  and Bob Anthony (not pictured is volunteer Tom DeRiemer). 

 

Interact first meets in library
The club affiliated with Rotary for ages 12-18 is called Interact. Over 20 teens from four communities (Dover, Natick, Wellesley and Weston) volunteered to mentor in the near west area at middle schools and youth groups at  congregations, Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCA, Scouts, etc. The teens are:

Harman Bharj
Jason Canaday
Thomas Capozzi
Nathan Chiu
Nicole Frontero
Bobby Georgenes
Fadeth Gomez
Elizabeth Heffernan
Ally Isley
Matthew Keep
Joey Kinyanjui
Hannah Lee
Michaela McTague
David Michael
Jessica Mosher
Teddy Sevilla
Emily Shedd
Cypress Smith
Noah Stein
Matthew Tom

Alyssa Walton