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Rotary Article 7263

Camp Rotary Students Speak To Club

August 7, 2012
By: Stephen Kent



McKenzie Scheffler, Mallory Rivard, Emily King, Alana Byington


Rotary welcomed four of its six Rotary Youth Leadership Academy (RYLA) students. This year the club sent five Seniors and one Junior to Camp.

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is Rotary's leadership training program for young people. RYLA participants are typically high school students from a club's area. The four speakers were from Garber, Western and Central High Schools.

Camp Rotary was June 10 to 14 this year and was held at the Boy Scout camp just north of Clare. RYLA emphasizes leadership, citizenship, and personal growth. Students are organized into "Tribes" and spend most of their time in those groups.

Activities center around a traditional summer camp experience but with an emphasis on training and leadership in community service, school and life activities. The campers participate in both low and high C.O.P.E. course training: "Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience." These activities build teamwork, communications, trust, leadership, decision making and problem solving skills.

After a short video about RYLA, better known as Camp Rotary, each of the young women spoke briefly about their experience this year. All agreed that it was a great camping experience and one they'd like to repeat.

For additional information visit the Rotary International RYLA Web Page



CLUB NEWS and ANNOUNCEMENTS

President Prime started the meeting by bringing attention to the recent Time Magazine piece that talked about the Taliban banning Polio vaccines in Pakistan. The misguided ruling was very disturbing to everyone considering Rotary's international effort to eradicate the disease!

Kim also made another announcement and update on the Clean Water fund raising challenge where coins count up and paper money counts down. When asked how checks work, Kim said they're paper so they work that way adding "Frank, I hope you put a check in there!"

Remember how to contribute to the clean water campaign and contest:
Put SILVER in OUR JUG --- PUT BILLS (and checks) in the MORNING JUG


Lee Newton spoke about the 20th anniversary International Night to be held on Thursday, October 11 this year, from 5:30 to 9:00 pm at the Doubletree. The theme will be Sea to Shining Sea and mailings will go out soon. Several team leaders spoke to recruit members to their teams. The goal is 300 attendees. Check the club's International Night web page for teams and other information.

Tim Holsworth provided an update on the Golf Tournament coming up on September 17 and the new Paul Harris Challenge for Rotary Teams. Tim read the various sponsors including the Title Sponsor Covenant Health Care, and Wildfire Credit Union, which is providing the flat screen TV as a special prize. If you have questions LINK to the Golf page on the club web site.

The district is looking for a Rotarian to act as Team Leader for the Group Study Exchange (GSE)team that will go to South Korea March 29 to April 30, 2013. This is a great opportunity. If you're available and interested, please contact Kim.

July through December dues are past due. If you haven't made your payment please see Secretary Steve Kent.


DATES TO REMEMBER


Next month's board meeting will be on August 21 (one week late) to coincide with the District Governor's visit to the club.

The Annual Golf Outing will be held September 17. See the announcement and info page at RotaryBayCity.org or see Tim Holsworth for details.

International Night, Sea to Shining Sea, is scheduled for October 11, 2012.

MEMBER PHOTOS: If you missed the opportunity to have Anne Trahan take a new picture for the Rotary Directory, don't fret. Give her a call or see her at the meeting to work out a sitting. The directory picture is free. Retouched digital photos and portraits for your own use are available for a small charge.


Upcoming Programs

(See the official schedule at RotaryBayCity.org )

Aug 7, 2012: Camp Rotary. High School Students will tell us about their experiences at Camp Rotary this summer.

Aug 14, 2012: MAGIC! Western High student Cameron Zvara, aka "Crazy Cam the Magician", will entertain Rotary with his amazing magic tricks.


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