By Bill Maxwell
Aspen Shafer, Skylar Shafer, and Allie Savino, all 11th graders, on November 12 shared their experiences at the from this year’s Conference of the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA). At the annual RYLA Camp, oung men and women spend a week in a challenging program of discussions, inspirational addresses, leadership training and social activities designed to enhance personal development, leadership skills and good citizenship. RYLA encourages servant leadership in youth by recognizing high school students for their past and present leadership and service activities.
Aspen, Skylar and Allie, In their collective voices, exemplified and exuded confidence, leadership, and care for our community. Each one talked about their experiences and about their desires to make a difference not only in their lives but also for those in need. They thanked us as a club for our support and encouraged us to seek out other opportunities to develop our youth as leaders.
We need to applaud Ridgefield Rotarian Pat Cooney who has championed this worthy initiative for our youth. Pat began championing this initiative about five years ago and as Rotarians, we have reinforced our support for RYLA thanks to Pat’s encouragement and perseverance.