Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is a training event for leaders and potential leaders between their junior and senior high school years. The week-long program challenges and inspires them through discussions, inspirational addresses, leadership training and social activities designed to enhance personal development, leadership skills and good citizenship.  This year the Quincy Rotary Club sent Claire Kepple and Kindal Hicks to RYLA.

Claire confessed that while she had heard others say it changed their lives, she (being a stubborn person) was not going to say that.  “But it did,” she said.   Claire was particularly impacted by one of the speakers, Tyler Darward, who started with the story of his life, the problems and difficulties he had.  He told them that “everybody has a story”, and we need to listen to those stories before making judgments.  Already it has made her look at people differently – on the street, in the grocery store.  She said she finds herself wondering what their story might be. 

Claire will be class president of her senior class this year and expects to use what she learned at, Camp RYLA to help her be successful, especially what she learned about leadership and model of Captain (leaders), Cargo (those who sit back and watch) and Crew (the ones willing to help out).  Her goal as president is to let all the people in her class come with their talents and gifts to provide input into the various senior class events and projects.

Kendal attended week three of Camp RYLA.  She made it her goal to meet everyone in camp and she managed to meet all but two.  “By the end of the week, every face “meant something to me,” she remarked.  The campers were divided into groups of 8-10 students.  She noted that within each group some immediately stepped up as group leaders without being asked and that the group members became really close. 

As the week went on, she said the challenges increased and noted the ‘ropes’ course was a huge part of her experience because one really had to learn to trust the other group members. She also appreciated speaker Phil Hoyt who had them speaking and pushed them to step out of their comfort zones.  This was important to Kendal who admitted to having trouble talking in front of others.  He also introduced them to the idea of a say-do ratio, reminding them to follow through on what you say you are going to do.  Kendal will be president of the ‘S’ Club this year and she feels what she learned at Camp Ryla will help her be successful.

Both girls look forward to putting their newly learned skills into action in their senior year and when they leave for college. 





A Little Humor


At Duke University, there were four sophomores taking Organic Chemistry. They were doing so well on all the quizzes, midterms and labs, etc., that each had an "A" so far for the semester.

These four friends were so confident that the weekend before finals, they decided to go up to the University of Virginia and party with some friends there. They had a great time, but after all the hearty partying, they slept all day Sunday and didn't make it back to Duke until early Monday morning.

Rather than taking the final then, they decided to find their professor after the final and explain to him why they missed it. They explained that they had gone to UVA for the weekend with the plan to come back in time to study, but, unfortunately, they had a flat tire on the way back, didn't have a spare, and couldn't get help for a long time. As a result, they missed the final.

The professor thought it over and then agreed they could make up the final the following day. The guys were elated and relieved. They studied that night and went in the next day at the time the professor had told them. He placed them in separate rooms and handed each of them a test booklet, and told them to begin.

They looked at the first problem, worth five points. It was something simple about free radical formation. "Cool," they thought at the same time, each one in his separate room, "this is going to be easy." Each finished the problem and then turned the page.

On the second page was written: (For 95 points): Which tire?