From June 30 to July 3, over 50 student participants from around our district came together as strangers and left as friends and future leaders. These students, from our largest cities to our smaller towns, made our district proud.  It was an exceptional group of young people. They demonstrated enthusiasm, respect, caring and fellowship as they participated in the RYLA program presented by the Rotaract Club of Leadership and Service.
The participants learned how to work as a team and the importance of service above self. These are lessons that will last a lifetime. Thank you to all the Rotary clubs who made the effort to select the participants and to support them financially.  Investment in our youth is one of the best investments your club will ever make.
Here are links to videos and photos of the event.
We will be sending out information about RYLA University 2025 in the early fall.  We hope all our clubs will be prepared to participate next year.
What is RYLA?
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is a Rotary International program.  It is an intensive leadership experience where young people develop their skills as a leader while having fun and making connections with fellow students, community leaders, inspirational speakers and peer mentors.  The program combines classroom and physical activities designed to develop team building and reliance on others.  Locally it is managed by Rotary District 7475 in cooperation with the Rotaract Club of Leadership and Service who lead RYLA University.
Participants are high school juniors entering their senior year this fall.  Participants are selected and sponsored by their local Rotary club who donate the program tuition.  Successful candidates will be students who have excellence in character and scholarship and have demonstrated a desire to lead.  
Our program leaders are members of the Rotaract Club of Leadership and Service.  These Rotractors are young adults dedicated to the ideals of RYLA.  They have the age and training that allows them to connect with and understand the needs of program participants.  They also have the energy and enthusiasm required to keep the participants active and motivated.
For more information on RYLA, take a few minutes and watch the videos below.
Overview of RYLA from Rotary International (click the link): Rotary International RYLA Info Video
Program Director David Edelstein interviews Rotary International President Gordon McInally: Gordon McInally Interview