Vocational Avenue Spotlight:
These are the projects that Vocational currently works on throughout the year. Submitted by Vocational Chair Renee Collins  
 
RYLA – Rotary Youth Leadership Awards
Young men and women spend a long weekend in a challenging program of discussions, inspirational addresses, leadership training and social activities designed to enhance personal development, leadership skills and good citizenship.  The selected participants will have the opportunity to exchange ideas about current issues, discuss leadership and personal development with knowledgeable local and regional leaders and Rotarians.
The program focuses on leadership, effective communication, trust and cooperation through various interactive programs.  Students return from the conferences with an increased sense of confidence in their own leadership style, and as a team player.
Orrville Rotary Club has sponsored two Orrville High School Juniors for many years.  The students are hand selected by their Guidance Counselor based on their demonstrated ability to lead students at the High School.  Following the Award recipients experience at RYLA, they are invited to speak at the Club to provide feedback and share their experience with Club Rotarians.
Four-Way Test Scholarship Award
 
The Four-Way Test Scholarship Award, currently $1000, is presented to an Orrville High School senior at the Senior Assembly each May.  The student must attend a school of higher learning such as College or Vocational school immediately following graduation.  To be awarded the $1000 scholarship, students must complete an application citing their community service projects during high school (heavily weighted), provide references and transcripts, and finally complete the Four-Way Test essay questions.  Based on this criteria, responses to their essay questions, and their community service involvement during their four years in high school, the Rotary Club committee then selects the recipient each year.
 
The Four-Way Test is a nonpartisan and nonsectarian ethical guide for Rotarians worldwide to use for their personal and professional relationships.  The test has been translated into more than 100 languages.  The test (and essay questions students answer) includes:
 
                Of the things we think, say or do:
  1.  Is it the TRUTH?
  2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
  3. Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
  4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
 
Over the years, Orrville High School students have shared some very interesting answers to these questions.  The responses have been very well thought out, touched on some very delicate situations our youth face in the world today and are incredibly humbling.   Unfortunately, each year, it’s incredibly difficult to select just one recipient.
 
Andy & Elmer Apple Dumpling Program
 
Andy & Elmer’s Apple Dumpling Adventure is a wonderful story of a young entrepreneur named Andy who, with the help of a mysterious voice, learns the value of the Four Way Test, through truth, fairness, goodwill, friendships and doing that which benefits all concerned.  The story and resources created by author Andy Shoup are geared toward 7-8 year old students who learn about “character” and applying it to an entrepreneurial endeavor was absolutely brilliant! 
 
In the recent past, The Orrville Rotary Club, for many, many years provided the tools and resources on the elementary level, to the second grade teachers, to present the program which teaches the Four-Way Test principles to the students.   In addition, the Club would provide actual Apple Dumplings to the students to consume at the end of the week long program.  Comments from many of the younger students included they had never tasted an Apple Dumpling!  Prior to retirement, Andy Hamsher of Orrville’s Dutch Country Apple, provided all the apple dumplings each year for the program.
 
Unfortunately, due to classroom and curriculum requirements, the program had to be suspended but hopefully can be revisited at some point in the future.
 
Maker Space
 
The Maker Space program is a newly added activity available to interested to high school students.   Currently, the students meet after school or at a time that is convenient for the students to work on projects using 3-D printers and other technology to create various items.   Beginning with the 2019-2020 Rotary year, the Orrville Rotary Club, is now providing a scholarship to the program which in turn allows one to two students to participate in the program.   Students recently presented to the Club and informed members various Universities are now creating Maker Space “labs” and are involved on a “grand scale.” 
 
The Award recipient(s) are invited, along with their instructor, to attend a Rotary meeting to explain what Maker Space is about, how it works and to share their creations.
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