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Rotary Learns About RYLA


Mackenzie Johnson, a senior at Jamestown High School, talked about her recent experience at camp RYLA to the Jamestown Rotary Club. She was introduced by Rotarian Eric Weber. RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) is a summer camp for outstanding high school students and is a program of Rotary District 5580. Over 130 students attended this year’s camp, and students from Jamestown are chosen and sponsored by the club. The RYLA  program provides student leaders an opportunity to expand and hone their leadership skills at a one week camp and is staffed and operated by volunteer facilitators. Johnson said she did not know one person at the first day of camp but by the end of the week she had lifelong friends. The camp uses the book “7 Habits of Highly Successful People” as its cornerstone. The students raised over $500 to support Polio Plus, a Rotary program to eradicate polio around the world. They also did volunteer work at a community food bank. Interested students should contact Johnson or any Jamestown Rotary member.

Austin Bauer presided over the meeting. Dave Smette gave the invocation. Shawn Johnson collected “Happy Dollars” and led the club in song with Mark Reeves on the piano.

Joan Morris will introduce today’s program. Clarice Liechty will have the invocation. Carrie Orn will be the song leader, and Eric Monson will collect “Happy Dollars.”