5 June 2017 — Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) and our three attendees


Effective July 1, 2016, by new Rotary International rule, Clubs must meet a minimum of twice each month, regardless of format (in person or online) or date/time. Accordingly, our Club has adopted a policy of two meetings per month, on a mid-month Monday at noon and the usual Fourth Sunday in-person meeting. If time and topic call for additional online Programs, we will be pleased to provide them.


SUNDAY, JUNE 25 — 12:30 pm to 2:00 pmOur FOURTH SUNDAY meeting for June!  LOCATION: Denny’s Sherman Oaks, corner of Burbank and Sepulveda Boulevards. Board Meeting possible; if so, at 11:15 a.m. before the main meeting.



RYLAns Alice Curran, Eva Kaganovsky, and Michelle Kaganovsky, our panel, with Programs Chair Mel Powell.










No one explains Rotary ideas and programs better than Past Rotary International President Cliff Dochterman, especially in his book “The ABCs of Rotary.” So what is this thing called “Rotary Youth Leadership Awards” (or “RYLA,” pronounced RYE-luh)?

“Each year, thousands of young people are selected to attend Rotary-sponsored leadership camps or seminars held in districts throughout the world. In an informal atmosphere, groups of outstanding young people spend several days in a challenging program of leadership training, discussions, inspirational addresses, and social activities designed to enhance personal development, leadership skills, and good citizenship. The official name of this activity is the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA), although these events are sometimes referred to by other names, such as camps, youth leadership seminars, or conferences.

“The RYLA program began in Australia in 1959, when young people throughout the state of Queensland were selected to meet with Princess Alexandra, the young cousin of Queen Elizabeth II. The Rotarians of Brisbane, who hosted the participants, were impressed with the quality of the young people and decided to bring youth leaders together each year for a week of social, cultural, and educational activities. The RYLA program gradually grew throughout all the Rotary districts of Australia and New Zealand. In 1971, the RI Board adopted RYLA as an official program of Rotary International. While RYLA is generally conducted as a district activity, an international RYLA is now held each year before the RI Convention.”

For RYLA 2017, in April, our Club sponsored three great high school students out of a larger pool of applicants, all from Daniel Pearl Magnet High School, where we have been privileged to sponsor an Interact Club (Rotary for ages 12 to high school graduation).  Alice Curran, Eva Kaganovsky, and Michelle Kaganovsky–each of whom has also volunteered for our Food Drives in recent times–visited our Club’s “Fourth Sunday in May” Meeting (held on June 4, a week after May’s fourth Sunday, which fell during U.S. Memorial Day weekend), to share their experiences and how their time at RYLA has helped them.



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2 responses to 5 June 2017 — Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) and our three attendees

  1. Fantastic group of kids! Very proud of them :)

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