Posted by Janet Stutz on Oct 31, 2018
This past Tuesday, October 30, the Grinnell Rotary Club gathered at the Westside Family Restaurant for their weekly meeting.   The Rotary Club's guest speaker was Grinnell High School Senior, Riley Osborne.  Riley shared her story as the Grinnell’s Rotary recipient of the Rotary Youth Leadership Award, RYLA.  As a RYLA recipient, dollars are allocated in order for the student to attend the leadership conference during the summer months.
Riley expressed, “this leadership conference was phenomenal and life changing”.  She explained that she had an opportunity to meet many people, learned not only about leadership development, but also how not to stigmatize a person’s ability based upon age. Riley was impressed by the counselors who lead various activities. She shared a letter from Danica Nolton, graduate from GHS, former RYLA recipient and now RYLA counselor, who thanked the Grinnell Rotary for supporting student scholarships and the RYLA event.  Danica expressed in her letter asking for more Grinnell Rotarians to participate in RYLA as she was so impressed with Rotarian role models who were there guiding counselors through various activities.   Riley thanked the Rotary group for affording her the opportunity to be a part of the RYLA team. Riley stated, “Rotary is shaping the minds and abilities of our youth by affording this wonderful experience to young people”.  Riley committed herself to encourage other high school students to apply for the RYLA scholarship.
Rotary will meet next week on Tuesday November 6, 2018 at Westside.  Next week the Rotarians will host a speaker from the Red Cross Pillow Project.
Janet M. Stutz