Scenes From Tuesday’s Rotary Club Meeting

Interact members of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos were inducted Tuesday with Club president Alison Pannell leading the ceremony. Pictured from left to right are: Pannell, Rotarians and Interact mentors LeAnne Parsons and Ian Foti-Landis, and students Faith Koh, Interact president; Leslie Thalmann; Becky Cai; Michelle Yang; Nic Gonzales; Dylan Mauldin, treasurer; Chris Koh, and Jacob Dyer. Not pictured: Louise Belian: Lauren Cagle; Nick DeHerrera; Akane Dunn; Josh Dyer; Kallie Funk, secretary; Nic Gonzales; Radhika Iyer; Erica Keevama, also secretary; Lydia Kenamond; Ruby Selvage; Kassidy Shedd; Esparanza Tapia; Krissi Wallis, Rotary youth exchange student; Jenny Wang; and Wilbur Wang, vice-president. Interact is a club for young people ages 12-18 who want to join together to tackle the issues in their community that they care most about. Through Interact, members can carry out hands-on service projects, make international connections, and develop leadership skills. Every Interact club carries out two service projects a year: one that helps the local community and one that promotes international understanding. Interact meets 4-5 p.m., the second and fourth Wednesday of the school year and summer, at the Teen Center at Ashley Pond. Photo by Jean Gindreau
Becky Ehler of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos presents Faith Koh with a Student of the Year award. Koh, entering her senior year at Los Alamos High School, was selected based upon her outstanding academic achievement, as well as her community service, a guiding principle in Rotary. Koh is secretary for Key Club and a member of the National Honor Society, Café Scientifique, and the International Club. She is also a summer missionary for Child Evangelism Fellowship. Koh is active in competitive gymnastics, the Explorer Post, and recreational dance through Dance Arts Los Alamos and is co-team captain of the LAHS varsity golf team. In the 2014-15 school year, Koh studied in France on a Rotary Youth Exchange, and she now serves as president of Interact, the youth service club sponsored by the Rotary Club of Los Alamos. Koh is pictured with her mother,Tracy, and her most influential teacher, LAHS AP biology teacher Stephanie Mitchell. Photo by Jean Gindreau
Sherry Hooper, executive director of The Food Depot in Santa Fe, spoke at Tuesday’s Rotary Club of Los Alamos meeting, describing its outreach to residents of Northern New Mexico who experience hunger. She reported that New Mexico leads the U.S. in child poverty and hunger, with 800 of the state’s food-insecure children residing in Los Alamos. The Food Depot, which distributes over 5.2 million lbs. of food each year, works locally in conjunction with LA Cares, the Betty Ehart Senior Center, and Aaron’s Kids. A mobile food pantry serves the Los Alamos community on the fourth Friday of the month at noon in the parking lot of the First United Methodist Church on Diamond Drive. Photo by Jean Gindreau