President Rod introduced Lisa Wilke who introduced the two students who attended the 2-day Rotary Youth Leadership Award. Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) is an intensive program for young people in both physical and intellectual terms. It is open to boys and girls within the age range 15 to 19 years of age. Youth enjoy participating in a team, social activities and learning the essential skills they need to survive as a leader.
Speaking about their experiences while attending this event at Schoolcraft College were Cayla Coyne (next to President Rod) and Jocelyn Berry. They both said that they met many people their age (over 200 in attendance), heard guest speakers, and engaged in many group activities. They said that they both learned about their individual strengths and weaknesses, and plan to apply what they learned to their extracurricular activities in particular.
We who are Rotarians recognize that today's young people will become tomorrow's leaders and wealth generators. Preparing those future leaders is a significant task. A task supported and encouraged both by Rotary International and Rotary District 6400.
We also agree that young people need guidance as they navigate their way through a culture that promotes values that are not always positive or productive. Rotary, through programs like R.Y.L.A., can assist young people in making decisions that will have a powerful influence on their personal development. For young people to choose the best path towards constructive citizenship requires encouraging them in activities that build their confidence and self-esteem. This will provide them with the vision to identify how best to apply their own potential for leadership and ability to work as part of a team. This course is great fun, very energetic and immensely challenging.
PETS Conference - Yours Truly attended the President-Elect Training Session (PETS) in Kalamazoo last week and returned with a ton of great information! All incoming club presidents in Michigan and part of Indiana attended – about 300 in all. Below is a group photo just prior to the conclusion of last week’s conference in Kalamazoo.
Member Resignations - Members Bobbi Dawes and Vera Alvarez announced that this was their final meeting as Adrian Noon Rotarians. We are sad they will be leaving the club. Bobbie served as a board member and she and her hubby, Gary, are headed for Farmington Hills, MI where he has taken on a pastorate and she will be working at anther Hospice in the area. Vera will be leaving Clift Pontiac to go to Olmstead, IL a suburb of Chicago where she will be doing recruiting. We wish you both the very best, ladies. The club won’t quite be the same without you!
DisCon 2016 - President Rod reminded those first timers interested in attending this year’s DisCon that subsidies are available through our club ($250) as well as the District ($150). Please contact any club officer if you are interested. Rod mentioned again that our club will host a hospitality suite at the conference. We need volunteers! See flyer for the event below.
New Club PR Chair - Yours Truly announced that member Amy Pyle has accepted the invitation to be the club’s Chair for Public Relations! Amy is employed by the Daily Telegram and has been doing much work on the club’s website.
Paul Harris Fellow – President Rod presented Helen Bendes with her PHF plu 5 pin at our meeting today. Congratulations, Helen!
REMEMBER – Semi-annual dues are due!
DATES TO REMEMBER
April 30 – District Assembly Saturday, Schoolcraft College from 8am – noon. The following people have been invited to attend from our club: President-Elect, President Nominee, Youth Exchange Chair, Foundation Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, Public Image Chair, Service Project Chair, Membership Chair, all board members. Please let Chuck know if you will be able to attend.
June 30 - Our annual changeover dinner will be a joint one with members of the Adrian AM Club and is scheduled for Thursday, June 30 from 5:30 to 8:0pm at the home of Noon Club Rotarian Rhonda Gage and hubby, Bob. Their address is 8838 Clare Court, Onsted (north side of Loch Erin.) More info forthcoming.
Jim Leary, retired member of our club who was in from his home in Euclair, Wisconsin, Gary Dawes, hubby of member, Bobbi, Alexis Eggenberger and Peggy Romano from the Promedica Bixby Autism Center who were our speakers today.