Steamboat Springs High School Principal Mike Knezevich, from left, Interact Vice President Matt McIntosh, Steamboat Springs Rotary Club President Sandy Evans Hall, Interact President Meghan Hanrahan and Rotary District Governor Nancy Pettus pose with the new Rotary Interact Club charter and banner presented at a special dinner March 31 at the high school.

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Steamboat Springs High School Principal Mike Knezevich, from left, Interact Vice President Matt McIntosh, Steamboat Springs Rotary Club President Sandy Evans Hall, Interact President Meghan Hanrahan and Rotary District Governor Nancy Pettus pose with the new Rotary Interact Club charter and banner presented at a special dinner March 31 at the high school.

Carpenter Ranch to Costa Rica

Local high school students make a difference through Rotary Interact Club

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— She lives in an expensive real estate market, but Steamboat Springs High School junior Meghan Hanrahan found a way to purchase land.

She bought in Costa Rica.

Hanrahan, 17, is president of the high school's Rotary Interact Club, a local chapter of an international entity that has about 200,000 members in 110 countries around the globe.

"We are a high school version of Rotary International," Hanrahan said. "We do service projects for the community and also internationally."

The Steamboat Springs Rotary Club sponsored the creation of a Rotary Interact Club at the high school last fall. The Interact Club held its first meeting in October 2007 and received its official charter Monday from Rotary District Governor Nancy Pettus of Jackson Hole, Wyo. The Interact Club includes about 30 students, Hanrahan said, and is planning a trip to Carpenter Ranch outside Hayden this spring to help paint a barn and conduct an early-morning bird survey.

The club also owns 5 acres of rain forest in Costa Rica, purchased for $50 an acre.

"We did tree sales with the Lions Club, we did bake sales, and we also sold roses on Valentine's Day and delivered them," Hanrahan said of fundraising for the project, which will protect the land from ravaging by tree harvesters and preserve habitat for wildlife.

"We're going to keep it as an annual project and probably buy 2 to 4 acres every semester," Hanrahan said. "We kind of wanted to start small - we're also thinking about sponsoring a child in a Third World country."

Rotarian Holly Larson coordinates the Interact Club.

"Interact offers students the opportunity to develop leadership skills and helps them to develop tools and skills necessary to become responsible, productive members of society," she said.

Students Matt McIntosh, Meghan Lukens and Hannah Ogden also are officers in the club.

Hanrahan said the Interact Club fits perfectly with her future goals.

"I'm in EPYCS (El Pomar Youth in Community Service) and Culture Club and I help out with Comunidad Integrada," said Hanrahan, an avid photographer who hopes to one day travel to Africa and the ancient Pompeii site in Italy. "I want to take this beyond college and I want to work with nonprofits : (the club) is all about interacting with our community and our world and doing community service, and that's what I really want to do."

Comments

bloggyblog 6 years, 5 months ago

blog says KUDOS to these kids. what great role models!

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mch5911 6 years, 5 months ago

thank you all very much for your support!

props to interact international committee who came up with the rain forest project, put the time, effort, and research into purchasing the land for preservation! and to the entire club, rotarians, and community members, for all their time and effort with fundraising, projects, meetings, and events, you guys are awesome!

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Angie Robinson 6 years, 5 months ago

Way to go Meghan!!!! Keep up the great work! What a place our world would be with more young people like you!

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freerider 6 years, 5 months ago

A friend of mine developed a million dollar home near the beach at witch's rock in Costa Rica....after it was completed the Costa Rican GOVERNMENT TOOK IT AWAY FROM HIM.....and guess what there isn't a damn thing that he can do about it.... NOBLE CAUSE but be wary of any Government in third world countries...none of them can be trusted....if it's just rain forest and un-developed your probably ok for awhile...I wouldn't spend a dime down there if was your money....

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beenthere 6 years, 5 months ago

A quote from the late 1700's:

"Any man who is under 30, and is not a liberal, has no heart; and any man who is over 30, and is not a conservative, has no brains."

Sorry, but I really like this quote.

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spoonerism 6 years, 5 months ago

Beenthere, what relevance does this quote serve here?

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