Some members of the Rotary Interact Club of Golden pose with the garbage cans that they painted

Some members of the Rotary Interact Club of Golden pose with the garbage cans that they painted

Golden’s youth service club continues to contribute to community

The Rotary Interact Club of Golden has been working hard over the past year to build up a presence in the community.

The Rotary Interact Club of Golden has been working hard over the past year to build up a presence in the community, and they have quite a few completed projects under their belt to boast about.

Several of their projects have been in an effort to beautify the town, and deter vandalism.

“Last year we painted a wall that had been vandalized,” said Interact member Maeve Wilson, referring to the mural the club painted on the side of the bowling alley building.

“During the summer we also painted a bunch of the garbage cans around town,” added Interact member Zarya Powell-Thompson. These outdoor garbage bins have already been placed throughout the town, and have brightened up the streets.

“We’ve actually gotten a lot of comments about those already, people really do like them,” said Claire Frazer, club member.

The club has also made an effort to support community events, such as the Town kids Halloween party, and even helped out with the Canada Day fun run organized by the Kicking Horse Country Chamber of Commerce.

“It’s really great to be involved in those things,” said Neva Dalinghaus, Interact member.

With roughly 20 members, the club is excited to continue supporting the community, as well as host fundraisers for their international project, which is to build a house in Mexico.

“This week we’ll be hosting a bottle drive,” said Powell-Thompson. This Saturday, Nov. 19, the club will be going door to door to collect bottles, although if you know you have bottles to give, you can contact the club through their Facebook page and they will come by to pick them up.

Of course it’s all not about fundraising for the Interact Club. They also hope to be involved in the Santa Claus Parade coming up on Nov. 26.

“We’re planning to be there to hand out candy canes to all the kids,” said Wilson.

If anyone wishes to be involved in the club, the youth-run organization is always happy to take on new members. They meet every Wednesday from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the GSS Library.

You can also learn more by checking out their Facebook page (The Interact Club of Golden), or you can find them on Instagram.