Rotary District 7410 Governor Bob Wehe and his wife, Doris, visited the West End Rotary Club and brought a greeting from Ray Klinginsmith, the 100th President of Rotary International.
President Klinginsmith is challenging all Rotary clubs to be "Bigger, Better and Bolder" in this Rotary year.
In addition to the PolioPlus program, RI is also making clean water, sanitation, education and literacy a priority for its world plan.
Wehe said that District 7410 is hard at work to develop a RYLA program for Pennsylvania youths because the popular New York program will not be able to accommodate them next year.
RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) is Rotary's leadership training program for young people. RYLA participants can be ages 14-30, but most clubs and districts choose to focus on a narrower age range, such as 14-18 or 19-30.
RYLA emphasizes leadership, citizenship, and personal growth, and aims to demonstrate Rotary's respect and concern for youth, provide an effective training experience for selected youth and potential leaders, encourage leadership of youth by youth and to recognize publicly young people who are rendering service to their communities
Because Rotary believes that getting young people interested in the organization, through programs like RYLA, will help build tomorrow's leaders. That is why the Fifth Avenue of Service has been addedNew Generations. It recognizes the positive change implemented by youth and young adults involved in leadership development activities, community and international service projects and exchange programs that enrich and foster world peace and cultural understanding.
The other four Avenues are:
Club Service focuses on strengthening fellowship and ensuring the smooth functioning of Rotary clubs. Learn about effective club service in Membership and Training.
Vocational Service involves club members serving others through their professions and aspiring to high ethical standards. Rotarians, as business leaders, share skills and expertise through their vocations, and they inspire others in the process. Community Service is the opportunity Rotary clubs have to implement club projects and activities that improve life in the local community.
International Service encompasses efforts to expand Rotary's humanitarian reach around the world and to promote world understanding and peace. It includes everything from contributing to PolioPlus to helping Rotary Youth Exchange students adjust to their host countries.
WERC is in the process of creating a new director position for that service, which Daria Uhlig has indicated she is interested in.
DG Were presented WERC president, Karin-Susan Breitlauch with a new banner and new theme pins for the members for the year.