Caption - Participants at the 2018 RYLA Camp can’t curb their enthusiasm at closing ceremonies.
Pleasanton North Rotary shined a spotlight on its broad-based commitment to youth services at its Feb. 26 business meeting.
Members and guests were reminded of PNR’s pivotal role with District 5170 in the decision by Rotary International’s Council on Legislation in 2010 to create a fifth Avenue of Service devoted to youth services. It was the first new avenue adopted by Rotary International (RI) since 1921. It has since inspired hundreds of thousands of young people around the world to benefit from RI programs and to embrace its guiding principles.
PNR will always be thankful for former member Eileen (Lee) Denlinger, now with the Rotary Club of Dublin, who championed the idea of a Youth Service Avenue of Service and District 5170 Past Gov. Ron Sekkel of Scott’s Valley, who successful argued for its passage before RI Council on Legislation.
District 5170 also ranks as a world leader for RI youth programs as measured by its financial support and student participation in its Interact programs.
PNR is an important contributor to this success. PNR members Kevin Greenlee, Ryan Spuller and Michael Cherman described how the club’s encourages leadership development, community involvement and international outreach through the following programs:
· The Interact Club of Pleasanton Foothill High School
· Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) summer camp (which will be held on a virtual basis this year)
· Foothill High Student of the Month awards
· High school senior scholarships
· Sponsorship of the club-level Richard D. King Youth Speech Contest
· Tri-Valley Turkey Burn (A Thanksgiving Family Fun Run that promotes good health and fellowship while raising funds for PNR’s youth service programs).
And on deck, PNR is looking forward to involvement with the Rotary Enterprise Leadership Conference of Silicon Valley West and high school programs from Junior Achievement of Northern California.