Youth leaders’ presentations impress Ellon Rotarians


The Rotary Club of Ellon has again highlighted how it dovetails into the community with its strong links with young people.

Rotary members at their meeting last week were impressed by presentations given by Ellon Academy pupils Maxine-Lee Mearns and Jessie Smith on their experiences at the Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA Camp).

The week-long course took place in July at the Abernethy Centre, Nethybridge.

The centre is staffed by a group of dedicated and talented course leaders, professionally qualified in the specialised field of outdoor leisure pursuits. In all activities the highest standard of safety is paramount.

RYLA is a sports-based leadership training programme for people aged between 15 and 18 in which the Ellon Rotary Club has been involved for many years.

It is a Rotary International programme for young people and offers them a special opportunity to take part in developing qualities of leadership, team working, initiative and problem solving at the start of their careers.

The course is spent on team building, rock climbing, abseiling, canoeing and hill walking. RYLA emphasises leadership, citizenship, and personal growth.

Maxine and Jessie said by taking part it had given them confidence and awareness in leadership skills and provided the platform in which they made many long-lasting friends.

District RYLA Officer Andrew MacCartney awarded them RYLA awards on behalf of the Rotary Organisation. The vote of thanks was given by Rotarian Alan Gibson.