Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (R. Y. L. A.) is a new project for the South Hill Rotary Club. Our members have expressed the desire to add this program to our focus on youth and education which has become so predominant over the years in our club efforts.
For this first venture into the event the Club (for Rotary Year 2011-2012) selected 2 local high school students Gavin Gwaltney (son of Rotarian Dwayne Gwaltney) and Devin Chenault to be the representatives of the youth in our community. Both these young men are good students, they are active in community service and often help the Rotary Club with service projects and play on the high school football team. Both aspire to continue their education by attending college after graduation.
Upon returning from the weekend event the club invites students to attend our Rotary meeting and to provide us with an "insiders view" of R. Y. L. A. Their presentations are not only fun but informative.
Pictured L-R Club President Randy Cash, Olivia Tanner, Madilynne Tanner, Bailey Goode and RYLA committee member Paula Wood.