Maui students learn about leadership

Seventy Maui County students from nine high schools gathered at Camp Keanae Jan. 24 to 26 to experience the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Camp program. The program was sponsored by the nine Maui County Rotary clubs.

The Maui Camp RYLA was directed by Joanne and Larry Laird, members of the Kihei-Sunrise Rotary Club, and Phylecia Platte from the Rotary Club of Lahaina. The purpose of the camp was to give the students an opportunity to participate in leadership training experiences and activities. These activities were led by Rotary club members and student assistant facilitators.

The campers participated in workshops and a hike to a Keanae taro farm. They also had the opportunity to meet 12 Rotary leaders from around Maui County and Oahu.

The culmination of the three-day program was a graduation ceremony where each camper was presented with a diploma and a Camp RYLA pin by Phil Sammer, district governor of Rotary Clubs District 5000, and District Gov.-elect Laura Steelquist. More than 40 parents, family members and Rotary leaders attended the graduation ceremony and celebration lunch.