RYLA


ROTARY YOUTH LEADERSHIP AWARDS SEMINAR

RYLA 2017 - Dec 1st-3rd, 2017 - Blacksburg, VA


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RYLA 2017 General Information

 
Rotary District 7570 sponsors the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Seminar (RYLA) annually. The seminar brings together high school juniors and senior from Winchester, Virginia to Greenville, Tennessee for a weekend of fun and an opportunity to learn and practice leadership skills. Participants will have the opportunity to hear outstanding speakers, participate in team activities, practice leadership skills and grow personally by sharing ideas and experiences with peers throughout the district. Participation in the Rotary Four Way Test Speech Contest is encouraged but is optional. 
 
RYLA Dates and Location
December 1-3, 2017:  The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center
Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061 (540) 231-8000 or (877) 200-3360
 
RYLA Registration and Cost Information
Student RYLA Seminar costs and transportation are to be provided by the sponsoring Rotary Club.
Please make check out to Rotary District 7570 with RYLA/Speech Contest in the Memo.
Registration Deadline: Packets must be postmarked by October 24th, 2017
Students - $300 per person double occupancy
Speech Contestants- $50 (Optional but student shall be a RYLA registrant)
Youth Exchange Students - $200 per person double occupancy
Chaperones - $225 per person double occupancy; $300 per person single occupancy
Clubs that sponsor a total of four or more students are asked to send at least one chaperone.
 
Note: RYLA students who are participating in the Speech Contest must also complete the Speech Contest Registration form in addition to the RYLA Registration forms.
 
Transportation to and from RYLA:
Transportation is to be provided by the sponsoring Rotary Clubs, as no student is permitted to drive himself/herself to the RYLA Seminar. Student attendees will not be permitted to leave the seminar site while RYLA is in session. If there are special circumstances such as athletic competition, the attendee’s parents and sponsoring Rotary Club needs to make arrangements for student travel. Please include the contact information for the Rotarian transporting the student home on the Student Registration form.
 
RYLA On-site Seminar Check-in and Check-out
RYLA Check-in on Friday, December 1, 2017 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.* - Latham Foyer
Students participating in the Speech Contest and RYLA may check-in for both during the Speech Contest check-in at 9:30 am.
 
Note: Please have students bring their own sack lunch on Friday December 2nd. 
 
RYLA Check-out is on Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. – Hotel Lobby
 
 
RYLA Student Selection
Please coordinate with a high school counselor in early September. Rotary Clubs in District 7570 are encouraged to nominate at least one male and one female junior or senior from each of their local high schools. This is an incredible leadership opportunity, so we ask Clubs to sponsor students who have not attended in previous years. Attendees should have a record of accomplishment in school, exhibit leadership qualities, and wish to improve their leadership skills.
 
Important: Please be sure to communicate directly with student parents and not rely on high school personnel to pass on information described in this information sheet.
 
RYLA Cancellations:
Cancellations made 30 days or more prior to the start of the seminar may receive a 100% refund. Between 15 and 30 days prior may receive a 50% refund. Within two weeks of the start of the seminar, there is no refund available. It is highly recommended that an alternate student be selected as a substitute attendee to attend the RYLA seminar. Alternate student registration must be submitted promptly.
 
Any inclement weather that occurs during the conference will be closely monitored. If it becomes necessary to cancel the seminar or arrange for alternate travel plans, parents and Sponsoring Clubs will be notified immediately.
 
Eligibility:
Be a high school junior or senior- Recommend students who have not previously attended
Have a record of accomplishment in school
Exhibit leadership qualities and a wish to improve leadership skills
Be willing to participate in group activities
Complete all application and release forms for the seminar
 
Seminar Attire:
Dress throughout the seminar is nice casual (jeans permitted).  Please bring tennis shoes for group/physical activities and warm outdoor clothing for outside activities.  Be sure to bring a warm jacket or coat. The dinner on Friday evening is nice casual. Saturday evening is a little dressier.  Guys should wear slacks and a dress shirt (jackets and ties optional) and ladies should wear a nice dress, jacket dress, or skirt and blouse.  Remember dancing shoes for Friday and Saturday night!
 
RYLA Volunteers
A background screening and volunteer certification will be conducted on all adult volunteers, chaperones and drivers associated with the RYLA Seminar in accordance with the District Youth Protection Policy.
 
Questions: If you have any questions about RYLA, please contact Robert Adams at rlinc@hotmail.com or 434-489-2682.

Clubs must ensure that all drivers have completed a background screening certification through the District.  Contact Whit Krumm at rwkrumm@comcast.net for information and questions.


 



Important Documents for the RYLA events:


This packet is intended for Rotary Clubs and RYLA Coordinators to assist them with basic information for communicating with schools and selecting students to attend the RYLA Seminar. It also includes a cover sheet summary which must be attached to all registration packets.

RYLA participants will have the opportunity to hear outstanding speakers, participate in team activities, practice leadership skills and grow personally by sharing ideas and experiences with their peers. Once this packet is completed by students and parents, it must be returned to the sponsoring Rotary Club via the High School Guidance Counselor or school representative.
 
All chaperones and drivers are required to complete and mail the background screening form annually to the Rotary District 7570 Youth Protection Officer listed on the bottom of the form. This form should not be mailed with the registration packets. 

DISTRICT 7570 YOUTH PROTECTION POLICY3.pdf
Rotary International takes youth protection very seriously. This policy focuses on Youth Protection and adopts the principles and practices outlined in the Rotary International governing documents including “The 4-Way Test”, “The Rotary Code of Conduct for Working with Youth”, and “The Charter for Child Protection”. For reference, these documents can be found in the Addenda Section of this Policy.
 

 


RYLA Contacts:


Robert Adams, RYLA Chair / Chatham Rotary Club
Anna Lester / Stuart Rotary Club
Laura Clark / Stuart Rotary Club
Danny Gaby / Greenville Noon Rotary Club
Sue Ann Fox / Front Royal Rotary Club
Jim Flynn / Montgomery County Rotary Club
Ned Lester, Advisor / Christiansburg-Blacksburg Rotary Club
James Owen, Advisor / Christiansburg-Blacksburg Rotary Club
Vivian Crymble, Ex-officio / Tri Cities Rotary Club
Alex Wilkins, Ex-officio / Stuart Rotary Club
Whit Menefee, Speech contest coordinator / Bridgewater Rotary Club