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RYLA - Rotary Youth Leadership Awards
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is Rotary's leadership training program for young people. 
The purpose of RYLA is to:
1.  Demonstrate Rotary's respect and concern for youth;
2.  Encourage and assist selected youth leaders and potential leaders in effective youth leadership by proving them with a training experience;
3.  Recognize publicly the high qualities of the young people serving their communities as youth leaders
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Trueman Mills, RYLA Committee Chair
While serving as District Governor, Trueman proposed a RYLA program to district 7280.  June 2014 will proudly mark the 32nd consecutive RYLA program for the district.  The program is held annually for one week at the end of the school year.  In addition to leadership training, students also have the opportunity to earn scholarships from Westminster, Mercyhurst, Grove City and Clarion University.
 
Other facts about RYLA:
1.  RYLA was founded in Australia in 1959 by Aussie Rotarians.
2.  The first RYLA program in District 7280 was in 1983 at Westminster College. 
3.  Dr. Phil Lewis, a professor at Westminster, chaired the first RYLA program and recruited Zane Gizzi as the first director.  Zane was the the director for 13 years.  Stacy Gallagher followed Zane and she has been the director ever since.  Several years ago Stacy recruited Jackie Jaros to be a co-director. 
4. The committee has set a goal of 110 participants.
5.  The participants select an outstanding participant and that person receives a $500 award. 
 
 
RYLA Explained
Alexis Burns explains what RYLA meant to her at a recent Clarion Rotary meeting.