DISTRICT 7260. March 5-7, 2010. 2010. Making a Difference!. RYLA Workshop Theme. Boy & Starfish – Making a Difference Based on the story by Loren Eisley
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March 5-7, 2010
Making a Difference!
Boy & Starfish – Making a Difference
Based on the story by Loren Eisley
I awoke early, as I often did, just before sunrise to walk by the ocean\'s edge. As I moved through the misty dawn, I focused on a faint, far away motion. I saw a youth, bending and reaching and flailing arms, dancing on the beach, no doubt in celebration of the perfect day soon to begin.
As I approached, I sadly realized that the youth bending to sift through the debris left by the night\'s tide, stopping now and then to pick up a starfish and then standing, to heave it back into the sea. I asked the youth the purpose of the effort. "The tide has washed the starfish onto the beach and they cannot return to the sea by themselves," the youth replied. "When the sun rises, they will die, unless I throw them back to the sea."
As the youth explained, I surveyed the vast expanse of beach, stretching in both directions beyond my sight. Starfish littered the shore in numbers beyond calculation. The hopelessness of the youth\'s plan became clear to me and I countered, "But there are more starfish on this beach than you can ever save before the sun is up. Surely you cannot expect to make a difference."
The youth paused briefly to consider my words, bent to pick up a starfish and threw it as far as possible. Turning to me he simply said, "I made a difference to that one."
I spent the rest of the day helping the boy throw starfish in to the sea.
The state government of Queensland, Australia invited local Rotarians to help plan a festival for the 100th anniversary. Queen Elizabeth II was sending her cousin Princess Alexandra, who was in her early 20s and Rotarians wanted to have activities specifically for the princess\' age group.
More than 300 men and women between the ages of 17 and 23 attended. Encouraged by the event\'s popularity with the young attendees, Rotary saw potential to create an annual youth program. Governor Art Brand of then-District 260 approved the project, and on 2 May 1960, RYLA was born.
Australian districts 258 and 260 shared in establishing the official framework of RYLA: to train youth (ages 14-18) in character, leadership, personal development, and good citizenship. These guidelines helped RYLA expand to all Rotary districts in Australia and led to its eventual approval as an international program at the 1971 RI Convention in Sydney, Australia. By 1998, RYLA had become an established program in more than half of the 521 Rotary districts worldwide.RYLA History
14 – 18 year olds Applying Skills
Service Above Self
14 – 18 year olds
18 – 31 year olds Mentoring Young Leaders
14 – 18 year olds Developing Skills
It’s about sharing with and mentoring our youth and developing tomorrow’s leaders.
Development of future leaders is more important than ever:
Rotary’s emphasis is on helping youth, we want to seize the opportunity to help shape and inspire the lives of future generations by taking an active role in the development of their leaders. RYLA is that opportunity.
Delegates are exposed to values that Rotarians deem essential for those who hold leadership positions
Integrity of character
Commitment to community service
Pressure on youth is increasing.. Standards and values are being challenged from every corner. More than ever, young people need strong, effective leadership.
Meeting the requirements of the Four-Way Test and not forgetting fun.
Leadership Potential: Does the applicant possess the qualities required of an effective leader?
Leadership Experience:Does he/she have experience in a leadership (e.g. class officer, team captain, school club officer)
Academic Ability:Do they seriously pursues his/her studies to the best of their ability?
Extracurricular Activities:Does the individual participate in after-school activities?
Intellectual Curiosity:Do they question what they experience or do they simply accept it?
Articulation:Does the applicant express thoughts and feelings clearly and effectively?
Relationship with Peers:How easily does the individual get along with others?
Openness to RYLA Experience:Are they willing and eager to participate in a new experience, with a new group of peers?
Diversity:Does the candidate reflect the cultural diversity of your community?
Commitment:Will the applicant dedicate themselves to fully participate for the entire workshop?
Rotary is looking for sincere, interested and well-rounded students for the RYLA Workshop. Club assistance and cooperation is very important in making this a quality experience for all.
15 (previous RYLArian) Junior Counselors
20 Staff Members/District Representatives/Volunteers/Rotarians
Total of 135 participating for the entire workshop
Making a Difference!