Posted by Laurie M. Murphy on Apr 17, 2019
President John opened the RYLA meeting with some kind words for the students.  The Students sang God Bless the USA.  We said the Rotary Four-Way Test, then President John announced that we won three awards in Rochester: the Governor's Citation, runner up for Community Service Club of the Year and Vocational Service Club of the Year!  This Thursday is the Fellowship Thursday at Summit Brewing.   Next week’s speaker is David Newman D5960 Fast for Hope Chair. May 2 is the event at the Town and Country Club on the Environment.  Old Timers or the Legends event is June 10 at the Pool and Yacht Club, if is not under water!  

Jason DeKuester began the meeting with introductions of camp members: Korey Adams and Jenn Rosas. They ran the program.  Jason has been involved with RYLA for 11 years and the Camp director for 3 years.  Each Color Team was introduced and gave their Camp Rally.  Deb Katzmark thanked campers and said her first RYLA experience was running the barbeque 23 year ago and she  was an Adult counselor for the first time this year.   Four campers gave a thank you and spoke about the camp and what it meant to them. John Crudele spoke Sunday night at the camp and all campers cheered him as he stood up.   Then Jason and Deb spoke about the camp being a hands on camp or lab.  The campers did ethical questions, and learned to build a team.  Next the campers did the RYLA  Action which included solving problems of mental health, drugs,  racism, and took those ideas for solutions back to their schools.

Feed My Starving Children brought out 9 Rotarians on Sunday morning the campers packed 400 boxes, enough to feed 121 children for a year.  There were 9 students from last year that returned to help this year as Junior Counselors.   We showed a video the campers made from camp. Then we had a camper do Happy Dollars.  President John closed the meeting at 1:15.

Respectfully submitted,







Laurie Murphy