Welcome from RYLA chair 2016/2017, David Clark JP

Dear Club Presidents and Youth Directors District 9685,

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce the RYLA program for 2016/17. Let’s join together to make this a continuing successful program for our youth. The Manual of Procedure (MOP) is a large document but has everything you need to select and send your candidates. Don’t just file it away, read it and use all the information we give you to make life easy.

RYLA is a great opportunity for our youth and it is their opportunity to participate in a leadership program which many of us have never or may not experience until later in our careers.

The District Committee is made up of the following Rotary Clubs.

  • Lower Blue Mts (for this year) - Chairmanship of the Committee, Registrations, Treasury and has overall responsibility for the conduct of RYLA 2017.
  • Ryde - Provides Secretary at Committee meetings and attends to all logistics in relation to the Conference at Elanora Heights Conference Centre
  • Springwood/ Penrith Valley - Attends to the efficient organisation of the Conference dinner Tuesday 10th January 2017.

The Facilitators are a group of young men and women. This team have all previously been RYLArians, each appointed for a three or four year term and are individually responsible for a specific aspect of the RYLA program. This group have spent a lot of the time since the last RYLA training and planning for this upcoming RYLA.

Rotary Clubs provide the direct point of contact for RYLA which is one of Rotary’s premier youth Program. It consists of leadership awards for youth leaders, which are run by youth, and it is a life changing experience for all those who participate. The RYLA week‐long residential conference is totally structured and will be held this year at the Uniting Vision Conference and Recreation Centre in Elanora Heights.

To be economically viable we need a nomination from each club, and for larger clubs we will be expecting at least two nominations. Our goal is to achieve an attendance of 90 RYLArians. The MOP is 24 pages long but has everything you need to select candidates, PLEASE use only this year's MOP.

The next page has a dot point list of the procedures for selection of candidates and a Manual of Procedures which contains additional information that may assist with respect to the RYLA. I along with the District Committee, and facilitators, would welcome the opportunity to attend your club to promote this exciting event and fill in any further gaps regarding the RYLA experience.

Yours in Rotary,

PP David Clark JP
D 9685 RYLA Chair ‐ 2015/17
M: 0414364812

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