Service above Self: I am an Interact Clubber

     The Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) is a challenging program which provides a unique opportunity for young people to develop leadership skills and self confidence under the guidance of business professionals, Rotarians and Rylarians.

     It is a leadership program coordinated by Rotary Clubs across the globe. Each year, thousands of young people participate in. Young people ages 14–30, but most clubs and districts choose to focus on a narrower age range, such as 14-18 or 19-30 are sponsored by Rotary Clubs to attend the event run by the club's district committee. Participants are chosen for their leadership potential. Rotary Clubs and the Rotary District cover all expenses for the participants. The format of the event varies from district to district, but commonly takes the form of a seminar, camp, or workshop to discuss leadership skills and to learn those skills through practice. Rotary clubs and districts select participants and facilitate the event's curriculum.
     Rotary International is an organization of service clubs known as Rotary Clubs located all over the world. The stated purpose of the organization is to bring together business and professional leaders to provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. It is a secular organization open to all persons regardless of race, color, creed, gender, or political preference. There are 33,976 clubs and over 1.22 million members worldwide. The members of Rotary Clubs are known as Rotarians. Members usually meet weekly for breakfast, lunch or dinner, which is a social event as well as an opportunity to organize work on their service goals.
     Rotary's best-known motto is "Service above Self", and its secondary motto is "They profit most who serve best".

     RYLA aims to:

·         Demonstrate Rotary's respect and concern for youth;
·         Provide an effective training experience for selected youth and potential leaders;
·         Encourage leadership of youth by youth;
·         Recognize publicly young people who are rendering service to their communities.

     Every RYLA program covers the following core topics:

·         Fundamentals of leadership
·         Ethics of positive leadership
·         Importance of communication skills in effective leadership
·         Problem-solving and conflict management
·         Rotary's purpose and service to the community
·         Building self confidence and self-esteem
·         Elements of community and global citizenship

My RYLA Adventure
     We the Interact clubbers of Lussoc National High School (Jeem Carlo Pula, Yhangale Socias and Jason Myatkyaw) joined and participated the 2009 RYLA. Our fare was shouldered by Mr. Edwin Maribert Tacbas, Chairperson on the Committee of Education in our municipality.
      We met new friends from Ilocos Sur National High School- Eurel Cabacungan and Senrea Merla Abuel and from Naglaoan National High School- Michelle Rin, Charlene Tagudar and Janine Tabangcura and now Rubena Quino, from Caoayan National High School, is my classmate in the University of Northern Philippines as BS Accountancy student.

     We stayed ate Venus Parkview Hotel, Baguio City and that was also the venue of our training workshop.

     During our first night, we joined a contest. We made a sitcom. Ruben Rabara as Kris Aquino and Jason Myatkyaw as Boy Abunda for SNN and Jeem Carlo Pula as Julius Babao, Yhangale Socias as Karen Davila and me as Ted Failon for TV Patrol. I also portrayed as Jesus Christ and Jeem as Santino for May Bukas Pa, the others are the believers. Surprisingly, one of the judges is from TV Patrol Regional. One of our friends also interviewed by a MagTV Na! Host.

    We had fun lectures and forums and we also experienced a life without a mentor in our side. We were not able to accompanied by a Rotarian because of their schedule. We appreciate the services rendered by the hotel management and staff.

     FUNNY! In our first day, we (Jeem and Jason) roamed around Baguio. We decided not to ride a taxi. Unfortunately, we lost. When we were in Burnham Park, we thought we have to walk a longer distance. We walk through Starwood Hotel. Jason felt tired so we decided to ride in a taxi. There we saw and realized Venus Parkview Hotel is there waiting for us...hahaha. Before going home and packing our things, Jeem and I kept two pillows in our bags from our rooms.

    I bought a gift for myself. Guess it! It's in the picture. The closing program with ended one of my favorite songs 'Heal the World'.


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