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State Honoree

Reid Coggins

South Carolina

developed a new community service club at his school. Realizing that Fort Mill was growing so fast that there weren’t enough existing clubs and activities to meet the needs of every student, Reid decided to organize a student chapter of the Rotary Interact Club. “I knew that many students at our school did not belong to any extracurricular organizations, yet felt the need to become involved in some aspect of school life,” said Reid. With the assistance of faculty members and local Rotary advisors, Reid planned an informal information meeting for prospective members. He designed invitations, wrote daily intercom announcements, arranged for an informational video about Interact, and obtained refreshments. The meeting was a great success. Since then, Reid has chaired a committee that develops monthly orientation programs for new students, including ice cream parties, tail-gate socials, and breakfast meetings with Interact members. A monthly food drive was initiated to aid a local assisted-living home for the elderly. Other projects included a yearly scrapbook and a fund-raising drive for international charity relief programs. “I invite every individual to give toward a worthy cause, not only to feel good about what they have done, but to feel honored they have helped enrich another life,” said Reid.