RYLA 5830 Paris TX

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Our History

In 1959, the state government of Queensland, Australia, invited local Rotarians to help plan a festival celebrating Queensland’s upcoming centenary. Learning that Queen Elizabeth II was sending her cousin Princess Alexandra, who was in her early 20s, to the celebration, Rotarians planned activities specifically for the princess’ age group. The gundoo, an aboriginal word meaning “festival” or “fun together,” was a rousing success. More than 300 men and women between the ages of 17 and 23 attended. Encouraged by the event’s popularity with the young attendees, Rotarians saw potential to create a similar annual youth program. With little hesitation, Governor...

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RYLA – A Life Changing Experience

WHAT IS RYLA? Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is an international program that was created by Rotary International to encourage strong leadership in youth. Young people chosen for their leadership potential attend an all-expenses-paid camp to develop and enhance leadership skills through activities conducted in an atmosphere of trust and respect.  RYLA aims to teach what it takes to be an effective leader. Leadership Communication Decision Making Problem Solving Self Esteem Trust Teamwork       WHAT IS ROTARY?  Rotary is a service organization of business and professional men and women united worldwide who conduct humanitarian projects, encourage high standards in...