Rotary Young Leadership Award (RYLA)

A seven day residential course for young people in their teens to hone their leadership potential

Some RYLA candidates in buoyant mood!

The RYLA scheme is designed to help young men and women to live and work together in usually a country setting.  In the case of our district the residential premises are situated in the middle of the Dorking Hills in Surrey, in an isolated spot surrounded by forest.  During the course the candidates will have had their nerve tested and have been encouraged to lead but not to dominate, to listen to the opinions of others and make decisions. They will have suffered physical discomfort i.e. long hikes, climbing when suffering from a fear of heights, getting very wet etc.  They will have had to organise a dinner midweek for everyone and on their last night they will have had to appear on stage to tell the large gathering of parents, relatives, friends and Rotarians about their experiences, perhaps providing some music or other entertainment.  They will have been divided into four teams, for the week and in the case of our District there were two courses on successive weeks and around 45-50 taking part each time. Each group had an instructor. The enthusiasm and pure joy felt by all the candidates at the conclusion of their course was most impresssive, as it is every year.  This was not because the course was ending, quite to the contrary but because they had become so close as a group and all of them had made friends for life - or so they said.  What is apparent - and this is based on past knowledge of the effect these courses have on the individuals concerned - is the depth of the friendships made.

The phrase 'life changing' can be a cliche but our club members believe that these RYLA course are invaluable for what they do in a positive way for the young people attending. Our club aim to sponsor two candidates each year and the cost of this to the club is around a total of £1000 which we think is money well spent.

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Some RYLA candidates in buoyant mood!

A seven day residential course for young people in their teens to hone their leadership potential

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This is a Rotary competition to encourage young people to exercise their talents with the written word.

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Presentation to 'Turning Tides'

Sue Baldock, immediate past president hands over a cheque for £1000 to the local homeless charity 'Turning Tides'.

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The last 3 Forts Challenge race took place on SUNDAY 5th MAY 2019

The Three Forts Marathon is the special one as it is approx 27.2 miles and covers rough terrain and steep climbs. The proceeds go to a local charity.

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A family delights in exploring their new temporary home

A charity our club supports which supplies emergency shelter when natural disasters occur

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Picture shows Past President Sally Nowak, dog Poppy and club member Haydn Smith and wife Gail preparing to walk the South Downs Way for charity.

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Two young men. nominated and sponsored by our club who visited us to receive their RYLA Award Certificates

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A young competitor shows concentration

A Rotary national annual competition conducted firstly locally then on a knock-out basis as rounds proceed to an eventual winner

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Rotarians taking every opportunity to ensure that no child is missed during a drive to immunise a local community

An account of the spectacular scheme to remove Polio from the whole world

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Following the death of Tony Hill his family have commissioned a memorial glass panel in his memory on Worthing Pier

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Walk along Worthing Promenade

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The picture shows a larger project than ours and illustrates the scope of sand dams that can be used for quite big communities.

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School pupils take part in public speaking contests with an audience present

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Winner of 2017 Three Forts Marathon

Photo of Claire Rogers overall winner of the Three Forts Marathon 2017 with the Mayor of Worthing Cllr.Sean McDonald. This was a remarkable achievement.

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The new certificate is reproduced herewith. We shall celebrate our centenary in 2022

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The exhibition takes place every 2 years, the last one being at the Charmandean Centre on Saturday 3rd March 2018.

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A potted history of Rotary International

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Making contaminated water drinkable

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A miscellany of pictures

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Our cub's collaboration with Worthing Speakers' Club

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Opportunity for those under exceptional circumstances and who are unable to obtain funding from statutory authorities- local or national

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Club photo

Photo marking the beginning of the Rotary year on 1st July

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Having Fun!

Rotary Kids Out Day, held each June, is supported by Rotary Clubs throughout the country

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Rotarains have fun

Quiz Night to raise funds for ShelterBox

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Lifelites provides specialist technology for children's hospices across the British Isles

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