The Rotary Club of Brisbane is pleased to call for applications from people who will be aged between 18 and 27 in May 2019 to attend the 2019 Rotary District 9600 RYLA training seminar, fully sponsored by the Rotary Club of Brisbane. 
 
The 2019 Rotary District 9600 RYLA training camp will be held from May 4th to 10th 2019 at Luther Heights Youth Camp at Coolum Beach, an engaging venue with ocean views and friendly staff who are dedicated to creating the best opportunities and experiences for you. Transport to RYLA will be facilitated via bus, departing Brisbane Saturday morning and returning Friday evening. Interested candidates should get in touch with Mark Williams, Rotary Club of Brisbane secretary, before submitting a Motivation letter and a short CV to be considered. Applications to the Rotary Club of Brisbane should be lodged by Friday, 15th February, 2019.
 
Rhys Williams (photo above) was one of the RCoB's sponsored attendees at RYLA 2018 and he recently reported to the club on his experience. Rhys was very positive about the motivational atmosphere and content of the RYLA camp, and reported that after 6 months, several of the learnings had stuck with him and impacted his life.
There were quite a few of these aspects, but Rhys concentrated on one particular item which impressed the attendees. "Every situation you find yourself in life involves a personal choice made by you."  Rhys said that at first he thought that was rubbish. You cannot control all the circumstances of your life. However, as time went by, he has discovered that no matter where he has found himself, a choice of more or less difficulty could have changed that. "You can be in control of your life if you are willing to make choices. If life gives you lemons, consider moving out from under the lemon tree."
 
RYLA is an intensive leadership experience organised by Rotary clubs and districts where young people develop their skills as leaders while having fun and making connections. They:
  • Build communication and problem-solving skills
  • Discover strategies for becoming a dynamic leader in their school or community
  • Learn from community leaders, inspirational speakers, and peer mentors
  • Unlock their potential to turn motivation into action
  • Have fun and form lasting friendships
 
RYLA is an exciting and challenging program which aims to equip leaders and potential leaders aged 18 to 26 with the personal, leadership and citizenship skills required to succeed in all areas of life. The week-long program provides participants with an unforgettable experience in life, learning and laughter in a rural setting. Download the brochure hereHere is what past participants think of their experience!

This year we are fundraising for some of our RYLA participants through our 2019 Rotary International Women's Day Breakfast. With a theme of “Achieving Diversity”, the seminar will be focusing on the contemporary challenges organisations face to achieve a proper balance in their workforce. We are delighted to announce our distinguished speakers for the event: