“Got Shrimp?” asked the T-shirt of Ashley Todd.
The answer was a resounding “yes” at the annual Azalea Festival Shrimp Luncheon, where Todd and other members of the new Interact Club at Brookings-Harbor High School were the servers.
Both the long-standing Shrimp Luncheon and the new Interact Club are projects of the Rotary Club of Brookings-Harbor.
This year, the Rotary Club gave the Interact Club a chance to use the Shrimp Luncheon as a start-up fundraiser for its own projects. Rotarians organized the event, and Interactors served the luncheon during the Azalea Festival.
The Interact Club members chose to split the $1,850 in proceeds, with half going toward a project to plant fruit trees in Uganda, and half kept for start-up funds when the club resumes activity in the new school year.
In the tree project, the Interact Club is partnering with other Interact clubs in southern Oregon. In the effort, every $2 donation results in a fruit tree being planted.
The shrimp luncheon and tree project come in addition to two other projects completed this spring by the new BHHS Interact Club. The first was helping at the annual Rotary Invitational Track Meet, and the second was a prom clothes trading project with the Interact Club at North Bend High School.
Jenesis Samai served as the Interact Club president this spring, but will give up the post to become student body president in the 2009-2010 school year.
Interact is a community service club for teen-agers, sponsored and mentored by Rotary clubs.