Rotary Youth Leadership Awards

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The Windsor/Windsor Locks
Rotary Club, serving the towns of Windsor, East Granby and Windsor Locks,
recognized six high school students for their commitment to community service and
leadership training at the Double Tree Hotel September 8th .  The Club members hosted the students, their
parents, administrators and faculty from the high schools of the three towns,
at the event.  Following presentation of
the awards by the Club, the students shared their leadership training
experiences with the group.


Four of the students,
Katarina Bade and Kylie Geer of East Granby, and Nicole Ersando and Oliver King
of Windsor, were recognized for their participation in the Rotary Youth
Leadership Awards (RYLA) program held at Springfield College in June 2016.  Each year the RYLA program, sponsored by the
local Rotary District which includes clubs from Northern Connecticut and
Western Massachusetts,   brings together over 130 high school sophomores
to develop and hone their leadership skills. The program includes an outdoor
team-building ropes course exercise, a motivational speaker and a roundtable
seminar on developing solutions to key challenges of the day which focus on the
advantages of team efforts in accomplishing tasks.


The Club also recognized two
other students, Lily Muzzarelli of Windsor Locks and Alexandria Geer of East
Granby, for their participation in the Rotary World Affairs Seminar, a
week-long innovative, rigorous academic program held at Carroll University in Waukesha,
Wisconsin.  The program is designed to
build global leaders and citizens through learning, interaction and
understanding among participants, staff and speakers.  Lily and Alexandria had the opportunity to
meet and talk with high school students, as well as the staff and speakers from
throughout the world.  The seminar topic
this year was Water: Global Resource to Share and Protect.  Lily and Alexandria were chosen to attend the
Seminar by their fellow participants at the local RYLA program which they
attended in June 2015.  This is the first
time that two students from the Windsor/Windsor Locks Club attended the Seminar
at the same time.


The Windsor/Windsor Locks
Rotary Club is a member of Rotary International, the oldest service
organization in the world with over 1.2 million members.  Locally, the Club funds college scholarships,
sponsors participation in the RYLA program, and supports efforts such as Mary’s
Place, Northwest Park, Foodshare, Team Paragon (the high school Robotics Team),
the three local food banks and the Windsor Backpack Program.  Internationally, the Club is working with
Rotary International and its partners including Bill Gates and the CDC to
eradicate polio worldwide.  To date, the
eradication effort has reached 99.9%. 
For more information about Rotary or if you have an interest in becoming
a member, contact Karen Andrews at .  The Club meets on Thursday
mornings at 7:30 AM at the Double Tree Hotel in Windsor Locks.  

Narrative for the photo:


Rotary celebrates student
achievement on September 8 to start the school year right.  Pictured above are the six students who were
recognized by the Windsor/Windsor Locks Rotary Club for participating in its
leadership training and community service programs.  From left to right are:  Nicole Ersando of Windsor, Alexandria Geer of
East Granby, Lily Muzzarelli of Windsor Locks, Oliver King of Windsor, Kylie
Geer of East Granby, and Katarina Bade of East Granby. 


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