Sunrise Rotary fosters leadership training in local schools

Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm
Reporter – News Analyst
March 5, 2020

Amelia Island’s Sunrise Rotary Club has been working with Emma Love Hardee School and Fernandina Beach Middle School to engage students in  EarlyAct and InterAct service clubs. These clubs are closely linked to the ideals of Rotary.

EarlyAct™ provides young students aged 5-13 the opportunity for gaining an increased awareness and knowledge of their community and the world. At a young age, all students can easily be encouraged to be caring and helpful. Their minds are open to recognize the dignity and worth of each individual which builds respect for others. InterAct clubs bring together young people ages 12-18 to develop leadership skills while discovering the power of Service Above Self.


Sunrise Rotary member Barbara Kent introduced four students to the Fernandina Beach City Commissioners (FBCC) at the March 3, 2020 FBCC meeting. The students thanked Vice Mayor Len Kreger for his recent talk during which he explained some of the work the City is undertaking to protect the environment. Following Kreger’s talk, students have embarked on efforts to promote more recycling in their schools.

After hearing from the students, Mayor John Miller invited them to sit in Commissioner seats, which they might aspire to occupy some day.