Munich International School student Tanvi Padhye establishes ‘Interact’ Rotary youth club

(From left to right): Sibille Vinzens (Rotary Club Munich International President), Stephanie Olescher (Interact Club Augsburg President), Tanvi Padhye and Marina Bassilious (Rotaract Club Munich International President) at the recent Inauguration evening at MIS (Photo Credit: Hans Geesmann)

This year, MIS student Tanvi Padhye, Grade 12, has spearheaded the creation of the Interact Club Munich International (ICMI), which will be offered to MIS students cooperatively with the School’s curricular community service programme. The Interact parent organization, Rotary International, is a global network which inspires individuals to take responsibility in the community to meet current challenges with sustainable solutions.

Tanvi Padhye is currently in her final year of International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) studies at MIS. In addition to her role as ICMI President, she is also involved in the MIS Speech & Debate team, theatre and choir while simultaneously studying Higher Level biology, chemistry and German literature. She plans to pursue a career in medicine upon graduating from MIS in spring 2018.

Tanvi Padhye was first inspired to get involved with community service and fundraising as a third grader after a visit to a school in India. More recently during her IBDP studies, she realized the need for youth exchange within the community and worked with her father – a long-standing member of Rotary International – as well as local Rotary club members and the MIS senior leadership team to establish an Interact club for local Munich youth. ICMI will build on the existence of the MIS Bottle Cap Project which was initiated by Tanvi’s younger sister Aarya Padhye two school years ago when she was in Grade 3. Aarya is currently a Grade 5 student at MIS and will remain involved with ICMI after her sister’s graduation.

The inauguration of ICMI recently took place at MIS. Notable speakers of the evening included Rotary Club Munich International (RCMI) President Sibille Vinzens, Rotaract Munich International (RMI) President Marina Bassilious, MIS Head of School Timothy Thomas, Rotarian member and current ICMI advisor Anant Padhye who is also the father of Tanvi Padhye, and former RCMI President Thomas Eilfort and former District Governor Peter Wohlrab, who have played key roles in providing Rotary’s support for the launch of ICMI.

The aim of the ICMI is to develop early leadership skills through service, creative and active projects. Students will also have the opportunity to meet with experts from a range of industries including sports, business and the arts to receive career guidance and mentorship. All initiatives will be planned and led by student members, working closely under the mentorship RCMI and RMI members.

“I hope that as Interact Club Munich International we can especially encourage the creative side of people, and bring that more into our community, but also of course encourage the enthusiasm for service and charity that is in the heart of the Rotary organization”, commented Tanvi Padhye. “I hope that in the future this club can continue motivating and interesting more young people like me, and help build leadership and teamwork skills, as well as a joy for helping others”.

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