THIS WEEK’S MEETING: It was a pleasure to meet Charlie Cannon, Lynne’s cousin and a junior at Calvert Hall. Charlie was one or our RYLA students this year. He shared the weekend with Michael Greenspan from Hereford, but apparently no one remembered to ask Michael to visit the club today. Charlie told us about his experiences at RYLA, made especially memorable as it coincided with our huge winter blizzard, February 13-15.
The Rotary International District 7620 RYLA program is an intense 3 day, 2 night leadership training program that is designed to recognize, encourage and further develop the leadership skills of 11th and 12th grade high school students who have shown a potential for rendering important service to their schools and communities. More than 150 high school students attend RYLA at the 4-H Conference Center in Chevy Chase every year, sponsored by area Rotary Clubs. The 3 days and 2 nights Include: speakers, low ropes, flag presentation, talent show, mascot presentation, work sessions, sharefair & service project, presentation, Funny Wig/Hat/Hair.
Charlie talked about the inspirational speakers, the team building and leadership training. Each team was charged with developing a charitable project and presenting it to the entire group. Charlie’s team worked on making 3-D printed prosthetic limbs for disabled veterans and took second place in the competition. He said that many of the project ideas were amazing. Charlie has his own lawn cutting business and is working this summer with his mother at Loyola University where she is Project Manager/Technology Trainer.