42nd District Interact Conference
On the 3rd of December 2010, 9 of our Interactors gathered in school and headed off towards Seremban at 8.45am for the 42nd District Interact Conference. The conference was hosted by the Rotary Club of Seremban. Lasting over 3 days, from 3rd December to 5th December, the event attracted over 820 Interactors from all over the peninsular of Malaysia.
Yeoh Kai Yuan, Eric Soo, Chan Jun Shern, Brenda Yew, Samantha Ng, Yip Mun Keat, Chan Wee De, Sarah Francis and Kimberly Anne represented our Interact Club in the conference. Being first-timers at such a huge event, we were clueless and expected things to go extremely formally.
At around 9.45am, we reached Royale Bintang Resort of Seremban, where the entire conference was held. After registration, we started mingling with Interactors from other schools. As more and more Interactors arrived, the first floor was filled with Interactors to the brim. We made our way to our rooms before going for lunch. After lunch, the first session was held in the Grand Ballroom at the first floor. The whole conference consisted of 14 sessions, one-hour each, and were all held in the same ballroom. There were roughly 90 tables in the ballroom with around 10 Interactors per table. Imagine controlling the noise level of so many people!
The backdrop for the conference in the ballroom.
The conference had various talks on topics such as marine ecology, the Rotary International Youth Exchange, the Law of Attraction, perceptions of life, college education and using the social media beneficially. Many speakers drove all the down from KL to Seremban just to deliver their speeches.
The opening ceremony was conducted on the 2nd day of the conference, with all Interactors donning the 42nd District Conference shirt. District Governor Lim Kok Beng was invited to officiate the event. After that, there was a group photo for all 800 over Interactors in the ballroom.
All 800+ Interactors!
The highlight of the entire event was the formal night on the 2nd day, which consisted of a buffet dinner and various performances put up by Interact Clubs from various schools. The night started off with Interactors happily stuffing themselves with the sumptuous buffet spread. The performances include a joint YMCA dance by several schools, a sketch on the environment by the Global Indian International School, a Nobody dance by the Wonderboys from Perak, a few singing performances by various duos and groups, some really cool hiphop dancing.
In conjunction with the 2nd day of the event was also the 81st anniversary of the formation of the Rotary Club of Seremban. There was a cake-cutting ceremony by President Chiang Sooi Yee and several other distinguished Rotarians and VIPs.
The cake-cutting ceremony for the 81st Anniversary of Rotary Club of Seremban.
The night ended with the dancefloor being opened to everyone to strut their stuff. Almost everyone in the ballroom rushed towards the stage and danced and partied their hearts out, accompanied by a selection of songs by the DJ.
Our very own I.U. Director Chan Jun Shern garnered a big round of cheers and applause from the raving crowd when he put up some electrifying spins on the stage as everyone lined-up to wait for their turn in the limelight. His awesome moves attracted many compliments from Interactors who witnessed him.
After that, the Rotarians called-off the event and everyone gradually made their way back to the rooms. The Interactors from KL had a group photo.
With fellow Interactors from around KL.
On the 3rd day, we were given 3 more sessions before finally calling it a day. In the morning, we took all our luggage down to be stored in the Ampangan Room. All the Interactors were required to wear their respective uniforms for the closing ceremony at 11.30am. As part of the closing ceremony, there was a competition for choosing the best Interact Uniform. Each club was represented by one/two Interactors to go up on stage and present themselves to the judges. SMK Assunta emerged champions with their outstandingly classy uniform! Certificates were then presented to every Interactor. After lunch, we all made our journey home.
Our purple uniforms!
Int. Victor Chan and Int. Kimberly Anne going up as representatives of WMS Interact Club.
Us with our certificates.
In a nutshell, the conference was very informative and served as a platform for Interactors from all over our country to mingle and get to know each other. We certainly made many many new friends as well as sweet memories of the conference.