The Grayslake Rotary Club regularly hosts speakers at our weekly lunch meetings; one can normally expect two speakers every month that cover a wide variety of topics including charity endeavors, community and local government activities, high school and community college developments, and the like.  
 
The club recently hosted Sean Nelson, the Rotary District 6440 director for the Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) program.  Sean visited Grayslake on January 19th to discuss the RYLA application process and the plans for this year's 3-day retreats in March and April at Camp Edwards YMCA and Conference Center in East Troy, Wisconsin. 
Sean Nelson, Rotray District 6440 RYLA Director at Jan 19th meeting
 
RYLA was established by Rotary International as a special award for young people, of high school age, who have displayed leadership skills or potential, as shown by their active participation in groups or services.  Each student is from Rotary District 6440.  The three day program includes motivational and educational speakers from around the United States.  The program will greatly enhance leadership skills through lectures, hands on activities, team leadership activities, and interaction with other student leaders from around the District.  Every single participant (more than 2,000 over the last twelve years) has rated the camp very high in terms of the experience. The average attendee rating over the last five years is an amazing 9.6 (out of 10), based on educational content and fun. Yes, fun is an element of this experience! This is both an educational experience as well as a reward for leadership skills already demonstrated.   The Grayslake Rotary Club sponsors two RYLA attendees every year, representing Grayslake Central and North High Schools.
 
On March 16th, Bill Heinz from the Grayslake Department of Public Works joined our club for lunch and to address ongoing development projects in the Grayslake area.  The public works department is resposnible for constructing and maintaining the village water supply and sewage systems, the street lighting systems, and the maintenance and snow plowing for the road system.  
 
Bill Heinz, Grayslake Department of Public Works, at March 16th meeting
 
Bill also updated our club on ongoing and future road improvement projects, including the Lake County projects at Peterson Road and Rt 83, the Washington Street railroad underpass, and the federally backed project to resurface Center and Lake Streets;  the total expenditures on resurfacing these roads will top $5 million.