D7150 RYLA Program
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards
at Cazenovia College, June 28-30, 2013
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards
2013 RYLA application
R.I.'s RYLA Brochure
The District 7150 RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) - to be held June 28-30, 2013 - once again at Cazenovia College.
Message from Chair Larry Richardson & Committee
Member Barbara Devendorf: We have begun the process of contacting clubs to
commit students and collect applications for the upcoming program. This is
an awesome experience for the teens and I would strongly encourage your club
to participate this year. We have made it our personal goal to get 100% participation
from all clubs in the 7150 district, last year we had 41 teens from our district.
Each club should have a RYLA chairperson, this is NOT a time extensive assignment,
the responsibilities would include getting applications to local high schools
or anywhere you see fit and selecting a teen to participate in the weekend
long seminar, for an hour or two.
If you have not participated before, I encourage you to visit the district website and talk with other clubs. This is a tremendous opportunity for our youth.
Below are some highlights of the process:
-- RYLA is an award given by a Rotary club to a teen (normally one entering their senior year) , to recognize the teen for displaying leadership potential and a willingness to serve others. The big benefit of this award is sending the teen to the RYLA seminar June 28-30, 2013, at Cazenovia College.
-- Now is the time for clubs to allocate the money to pay for the teens to attend. Cost will be $300 for each teen. Every club is guaranteed one teen to go. After that, it is up to the district RYLA committee to evaluate the remaining applications and choose the winning ones, until the seminar class is full.
-- The 2012 RYLA application is here on the district web site, www.rotarydistrict7150.org. Clubs should print out applications to distribute, or tell school and church officials where they can be found online. Ideally, each club will have a RYLA chair to coordinate finding applicants. Here is the link.
-- It is up to the club to pick the top candidate. The district will accept the first nominee automatically. Deadline for the district to receive the applications, with the $300 check with each, is May 17, 2013.
-- The ideal way to find qualified candidates is through the local high school guidance office or faculty members. The award is not intended to be a gift to a son or daughter of a Rotarian, but rather to the best qualified teens in the area. The teen, upon completion of the RYLA seminar, is obligated to return home and facilitate the completion of a service project as well as present a program for the sponsoring Rotary club.
-- Ideally, clubs should have a good handle on the applications by the early May. Add'l questions, contact Larry Richardson, RYLA Chair or Barbara Devendorf, Committee Member
July 2011 - The District 7150 RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) Class & Staff - Four past district governors served on the RYLA staff this year: Ned Mann, Fred Cholet, Herb Jerry and Jerry Gortner. Larry Richardson was RYLA seminar chairman. Besides them, staff members who are pictured here are Rotarians Theresa Vincelette, Marilyn Anderson, Sylvia Perrone, Sherry Menninger, and Barbara Devendorf, all of the Rotary Club of Chittenango; Phyllis Danks, RC of Marcellus; and Ellen Nowyj. RC of Fulton Sunrise. There were 41 teens who attended RYLA this year at Cazenovia College July 8-10, 2011.
Brooke Cole (Rome) helps build one of four shelves at the RYLA seminar. It was a service project, part of the RYLA program. At the recognition banquet that concluded the seminar, the teens presented the four shelves to Chadwick Residence, of Syracuse. Jenni Gratien, program director for the residence for homeless women, accepted the shelves.
RYLA participants Cheyenne Jayson (Oneida) & Kathryn Costello
(Cazenovia) help Kali Noonan (Little Falls) over the top of the 12- foot-high wall on the challenge course at SUNY Institute of Technology in Utica. Other teens are spotting.
Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle flew up from Washington, D.C., to address the teens attending District 7150's Rotary Youth Leadership Awards seminar. She talked on a variety of subjects, from debt ceiling to teamwork in politics, then fielded 15 questions from the participants. Here, she thanks Jake Jasewicz (Dolgeville) after he presented the congresswoman with a RYLA water thermos.
"Communicate to Motivate" was the topic of Liz Metzger of the Rotary Club of Canastota. The librarian was a presenter at RYLA July 8-10 at Cazenovia College. Here teens tried to make a perfect circle with a rope. Among them are, top from left, Marshal Cominsky (North Utica- Whitestown), Brook Szachta (Moravia), Beth Abbott (Marcellus), Caroline Gadsden (Fayetteville-Manlius) Anthony Finocchiaro (Canastota).
The teens at RYLA competed in a contest to build the highest tower, using only spaghetti and marshmallows. It was an exercise designed to teach teamwork and communication skills. Here Blue Team members Rob Harney (Sherrill), Mitch Hughes (Camden), Kali Noonan (Little Falls)
and Jake Jasewicz (Dolgeville) work on their "masterpiece."
Use of the Cazenovia College's Olympic-size swimming pool was a popular part of District 7150's RYLA program this year. Here the seminar participants play a swimming pool game other teens in the class had invented earlier the same day. They later held an Ugly Dive Competition, which was won by Sarah Sarah Piana (Little Falls).
Beth Abbott -- Rotary Club of Marcellus
Alan Baldwin -- Rotary Club of Cazenovia
Maddie Balman -- Rotary Club of Marcellus
Alex Bateman -- Rotary Club of Fulton Sunrise
Mike Best -- Rotary Club of Oriskany Falls
Brooke Cole -- Rotary Club of Rome
Marshal Cominsky -- Rotary Club of North Utica Whitestown
Kathryn Costello -- Rotary Club of Cazenovia
Victoria Darby -- Rotary Club of Dolgeville
Danielle Felty -- Rotary Club of Marcellus
Pat Fink -- Rotary Club of Fulton
Anthony Finocciaro -- Rotary Club of Canastota
Kaleigh Fitzsimmons -- Rotary Club of Oswego
Caroline Gadsden -- Rotary Club of Fayetteville-Manlius
Kelli Getchonis -- Rotary Club of Chittenango
Corey Graham -- Rotary Club of Syracuse Inner-City
Liam Halpin -- Rotary Club of Utica
Rob Harney -- Rotary Club of Sherrill
Shane Holleran -- Rotary Club of Skaneateles Sunrise
Mitch Hughes -- Rotary Club of Camden
Devinne Jaloweic -- Rotary Club of Greater Utica Sunrise
Jake Jasewicz -- Rotary Club of Dolgeville
Cheyenne Jayson -- Rotary Club of Oneida
Sarah Kelly -- Rotary Club of Marcellus
Emily Kott -- Rotary Club of Syracuse Sunrise
Brittany Madden -- Rotary Club of Sauquoit
Samantha McCarthy -- Rotary Club of Canastota
Makenzie Mohorter -- Rotary Club of Chittenango
Kali Noonan -- Rotary Club of Little Falls
Morgan Noone -- Rotary Club of Baldwinsville
Madeleine Perkins -- Rotary Club of Tully
Danielle Petkovsek -- Rotary Club of Little Falls
Sarah Piana -- Rotary Club of Little Falls
Jim Reid -- Rotary Club of Baldwinsville
Madison Singler -- Rotary Club of Skaneateles
Christian Stellakis -- Rotary Club of Chittenango
Brook Szachta -- Rotary Club of Moravia
Katy Trombley -- Rotary Club of Little Falls
Baillie Vensel -- Rotary Club of Marcellus
Karina Wagner -- Rotary Club of Marcellus
Jake Yallowitz -- Rotary Club of Little Falls
July 2010 - The District 7150 RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) Class & Faculty
July 2010 - all 43 of the RYLA teens at the base of "The Wall" on the Cazenovia College challenge course. Moments later, all of them were able to get up and over the wall. They enjoyed the challenge of being put outside their comfort zone and being successful at it.
July 2010 RYLA participants work to solve the Spider Web, one of the problem-solving stations on the challenge course. Zack Bonavita (Cazenovia) is being passed through one of the holes in the web by teammates, from left, Aleks Osborne (Chittenango), Homer Davis (Syracuse Inner City), Sarah Hafler (Tully), Dave Johnson (Fulton) and Ricky Alfreds (Marcellus).
Three girls from the Yellow Team paint an 8-foot wall section of a song bird flight cage the RYLA class built, then donated to wildlife rehabilitator Cindy Page. This was the class service project at RYLA. Each teen also is expected to complete an individual service project at home by the end of thje year. These girls are, from left, Aleks Osborne (Chittenango), Kate Wawro (Camillus) and Sarah Hafler (Tully).
July 2010 the Orange Team No. 2 building its spaghetti and marshmallow tower during that competition at RYLA. This is the winning team, whose tower was 46 inches tall. The teens are, clockwise from left, Zack Wiley (Marcellus), Aaron Yallowitz (Little Falls), Abby Rathgeb (Skaneateles Sunrise), Morgan Charde (Chittenango) and Taylor Kacur (Cato).
July 2010 The RYLA teens had to invent two swimming pool games, then teach it to the other participants. They played the two games in the Cazenovia College pool. They also held an "ugly dive" competition. That was won by Zack Wiley (Marcellus), in foreground of this photo.
July 2010 Cindy Page, a wildlife rehabilitator from Pompey, shows a rare peregrine falcon to the RYLA teens. She also had a screech owl and barred owl with her for a presentation on rehabilitating injured animals.
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Class of 2010
Ricky Alfreds, Rotary Club of Marcellus
Charity Baker, Rotary Club of Williamson
Sophie Beratta, Rotary Club of Marcellus
Zach Bonavita, Rotary Club of Cazenovia
Jeremiah Casler, Rotary Club of Little Falls
Jason Ceresoli, Rotary Club of Chittenango
Morgan Charde, Rotary Club of Chittenango
Alex Chiang, Rotary Club of Fayetteville-Manlius
Dan Christmas, Rotary Club of Camden
Hannah Corbett, Rotary Club of Little Falls
Blake Curtis, Rotary Club of Canastota
Alicia Daddario, Rotary Club of Baldwinsville
Anyan Davis, Rotary Club of Syracuse Inner City
Homer Davis, Rotary Club of Syracuse Inner City
Jo Douglas, Rotary Club of Little Falls
Jackie Frank, Rotary Club of Sherrill
Emily Gascon, Rotary Club of Marcellus
Sarah Gosek, Rotary Club of Oswego & Oswego Sunrise
Sarah Hafler, Rotary Club of Tully
Peter Hanley, Rotary Club of West Winfield
Haviland Hawkins, Rotary Club of DeWitt
Lindsey Hogel,Rotary Club of Sauquoit
Dave Johnson, Rotary Club of Fulton
Taylor Kacur, Rotary Club of Cato
Brandon Kasprzyk, Rotary Club of Kuyahoora Valley
Hannah Levey, Rotary Club of Dolgeville
Cassie Lightaul, Rotary Club of Oriskany Falls
Kaytlynn Lynch, Rotary Club of Oneida
Claire Motyl, Rotary Club of Skaneateles
Tracy O'Hern, Rotary Club of Canastota
Aleks Osborne, Rotary Club of Chittenango
Josh Peavey, Rotary Club of Oriskany Falls
Rose Portner, Rotary Club of Rome
David (R-K) Rapp-Kirshner, Rotary Club of DeWitt
Abby Rathgeb, Rotary Club of Skaneateles Sunrise
Sara Smith, Rotary Club of Kuyahoora Valley
Johanna Sulesky, Rotary Club of Baldwinsville
Emma VanVoorhis, Rotary Club of Hamilton
Kate Wawro, Rotary Club of Camillus
David White, Rotary Club of Chittenango
Zach Wiley, Rotary Club of Marcellus
Alexis Wilson, Rotary Club of DeWitt
Aaron Yallowitz, Rotary Club of Little Falls
July 2009 - The District 7150 RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards)
RYLA Chair Larry Richardson at the wrapup luncheon w/DG Fred Cholet
Above, Right, and Below: the weekend activities take place
July 9-11, 2010 ( RYLA Seminar - to be held once again at Cazenovia College - Register! (form at top of page)
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Class of 2009
July 2008 - The District 7150 RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) team
July 2008 - The District 7150 RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) session a success once again!
Chair Larry Richardson greets the students; Right: Immediate Past District Governor Brown welcomes them * DG Marlene's speech
Right: the RYLA committee at the welcoming session
Above, Right, and Below: the weekend activities take place
Above: DG Larry at the wrapup banquet w/Chair Larry
July 11-13th RYLA Seminar - 38
of the best and brightest teenagers from across Central New York graduated
July 11 from District 7150's Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA)
Seminar, held at Cazenovia College. They were selected by Rotary clubs
across the district to attend.
The RYLA Class of 2008
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RYLA's Purpose: to challenge the ideals of young people from the age of 15 to 18 years. Selected by your local Rotary Club in District 7150 to receive the award, young people are entitled to attend a three day seminar held at Mohawk Valley Community College, Utica NY aimed at developing further their personal and leadership skills.
The Cost: Investment for a RYLA seminar is kept to a minimum because the guest speakers volunteer their time. Seminars of this quality would normally cost many thousands of dollars to attend but the cost of RYLA is kept down to only $275 per awardee. Usually all food, accommodation and seminar costs are paid for by the sponsoring Rotary Club but occasionally, a Rotary club may ask an awardee to contribute to the cost to enable that club to sponsor multiple awardees and remain within their budget. Talk with your local Rotary Club or your District RYLA committee about this. Any personal expenses are to be covered by the awardee, but the real cost to you is your time and participation.
Who Is Eligible: Young people, male and female, between the ages of 15 and 18 years are eligible to be nominated for RYLA. We prefer that these young adults already have exhibited strong personal or leadership qualities or at least the potential to become leaders in school clubs, community activities or in an early work situation.
How to Apply: The selection process is conducted by your local Rotary Club and involves submitting an application form (available directly from the club or from your District's RYLA committee) and attending an interview. You can also download the application from this website.
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Rotary Youth Leadership Award seminar
Each Rotary club is encouraged to nominate at least one high school student to attend RYLA. The leadership seminar will be held July 9-11 at Cazenovia College. It is ideally geared to teenagers who are currently in their junior orsophomore years and who display leadership potential and a willingness to serve others. In special cases, freshmen will be considered. Don't nominate seniors, since they won't be able to return to their schools the following school year to apply what they learn at RYLA.
The sponsoring Rotary club will pay the cost for each teen it sponsors. The exact cost has not yet been finalized, but the committee estimates it will be less than $250 per teen. A recommended way to screen for eligible teens is through your local high school's guidance director and/or National Honor Society adviser. It's not simply the A+ student you're looking for, but rather the one involved in activities. The RYLA seminar will be limited to 40 teens, both boys and girls.
The committee will fill the class by selecting from the club nominations on a first come, first served basis. A nomination form will soon be put onto the district's Web page, www.rotarydistrict7150.org Ideally, your club's community service chair will select one of your Rotarians to chair this project and you can budget the money needed to sponsor one or more teens.
A deadline for submitting an application will be May 2. To ensure your club nominates the best candidate(s) possible, however, start the school contacts as soon as possible. It's easy to do with school officials' help. Students who attend RYLA will stay in dormitories, attend sessions and eat meals at Cazenovia College. More information on RYLA will follow, including at mid-winter conference, at PETS, in CREDO, on the district Web site and through your assistant governors. Thank you for your early action. Respectfully submitted, LARRY RICHARDSON
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