Share the Magic of Rotary Youth Service

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“The youth of today are the leaders of tomorrow” is a saying we all use from time to time. The youth involved with Rotary programs are our legacy to carry Rotary forward. Our District serves and touches the lives of thousands of young people each year through District led events such as Interact’s Fall Leadership Conference where 4000+ teens attended, to RYLA where 200+ teens are selected for a week-long camp and the counselors who guide them have been involved for years and through club events such as Kids Day of Fishing.

Our Rotarians and our Youth share a common bond of “Service above Self” and working together we will learn and grow from one another.

Our District Programs and Leaders:

Interact 5170 is recognized as being the largest and most effective District in the world. A group of Interactors attend the Rotary International convention each year to “tell their story” and inspire Rotarians around the world. We have ~115 Interact clubs in our District, including ~10 at our local Junior High Schools. There are over 7000 active Interactors who come together as one team to complete over 70,000 hours of community service and fundraise close to $100,000 annually for their International Project. The team leading Interact 5170 is Bob Pfahnl - Rotary District Chair, Marco Siu - Governor and Victoria Huynh - Lt Governor.

Each year teens from our district are given the opportunity to attend Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA). Our district is able to provide a weeklong leadership camp for our teens. This program leaves a lasting impression on all that attend and can be witnessed by their testimonials and those of their parents. The RYLA campers attend leadership workshops, participate in pay-it-forward activities and learn more about themselves while bonding with the other campers. Ben Macatangay and Joanne Mansch are our District Co-Chairs and Jenn Chang is our Camp Director.

Many youth accept the challenge to participate in our annual Richard D King Speech Contest. They prepare and present a speech that is based on our Rotary theme and incorporating the Rotary 4-way test. The participants who place in the individual club contests move on to the area contest and continue if selected to advance to the regional and district contests. Each level has monetary awards that can be used to help further the students’ educational needs. Many clubs members look forward to the meetings our youth deliver these motivational speeches, furthering our belief in our future leaders. Our Speech Contest Chair is Jack Kelly.

Youth Exchange is often stated as one of Rotary’s best kept secrets. Our short & long term exchange programs offer a tremendous opportunity for our youth. Our teens gain the opportunity to be one with another culture, grow in their maturity and confidence, learn another language, forge lifelong friendships and learn about themselves as they embrace the broadening of their view of the world. Our District Chair is Darlene de la Cerna and is supported by Mark Junod, Kevin Greenlee and Lorie Alemenia.

ELC can be described as an entrepreneurial learning program targeting high school juniors. Participating students are taught the basics for entrepreneurial development aling with a full range of principles for developing a fully functioning company for an idea. The District has 4 ELC programs, coordinated by Arley Marley

Rotary is committed to ensuring all youth of our district that attend Rotary events do so in a safe and respectful environment and are protected according to government standards. Our District Youth Protection Chair is Scot Smithee and is assisted by Stewart Cusimano. They will continue ensuring all Rotarians and our volunteers leading or involved with youth programs have completed our youth protection certification. Fulfilling this duty safeguards the interests of Rotary Clubs and Rotarians by minimizing their risk of liability.

Chris Miller is our Youth Services Communication Lead. He will assist our team in communication within our district and within RI. Chris has extensive training in youth programs and is committed to helping us achieve the next level of making a difference in the lives of our youth.

We are proud Rotarians of District 5170 to have a team of Rotarians and volunteers who live and breathe Rotarian values and commit to providing tremendous experiences for our youth, and invite you to get involved!

Margarethe Pfeffer
District Youth Service Chair
Los Altos Sunset Rotary Club