JULY 29 - RYLA Past and Present

 

Visiting Rotarian:  Joel Spielman  (Oxford Hills)

RYLA Guests:  Austin Bear, Ashley Savage, Becca Howard, Maddie Prentice, Maisey Griffin, Nick Johnson

Other Guests: Lou Horvath  (Zinchuk), Steve Smith  (Hynek)

Members We Missed:  Blair, Dennis, Dunham, Kulik, Murphy, Steven

The program was devoted to RYLA attendees -- this year's and previous years' -- recounting their experiences.  RYLA is a 4 day/3 night outdoor leadership training program, of which our club is a strong supporter, sponsoring more students each year than most other District 7780 clubs.  Shortly after arrival at the camp, the students are split into Leadership Exploration Groups (LEGs) of 10 people, who work as a team on the various challenges and trust activities for the rest of session.  The students' comments were universally positive and enthusiastic.  It brought out their strengths and gave them confidence.  It let them see that there are different types of leadership, such as leadership by ideas, which contribute to a team's success.  Knowing that the whole group supported them enabled some to perform activities they thought they could never do.