The leaders of tomorrow

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Arbroath Rotary Club celebrated the leadership qualities of two students at their meeting this week.

Megan Clubb, who has just completed her sixth year at Arbroath High School and Kieran Pannell a sixth year pupil at Arbroath Academy were presented with their Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) certificates from club vice-president David Miller.

Both Megan and Kieran recently completed their respective RYLA weeks at Abernethy Outdoor Centre and were accompanied at themeeting by Jan Clubb and Julie and Kenny Pannell.

RYLA has its origins in Queensland, Australia. In 1959 local Rotary Clubs were asked to help celebrate the upcoming centennial of the state and as Princess Alexandra, who was in her early 20s was due to attend the celebrations, activities were planned for the princess’s age group. Rotary saw potential to create an annual youth program based on the activity programme and on May 2, 1960, RYLA was made an official Rotary project.

RYLA is a leadership programme and develops topics such as leadership, communication skills, problem solving and conflict management, self-confidence and community and global citizenship.

Attendance at RYLA is competitive and Megan and Kieran were chosen by Arbroath Rotary Club as being the most appropriate candidates from a group of applicants to participate.

Both Megan and Kieran each presented a short video covering their week’s activities and thanked the club for giving them this unique opportunity. They had both thoroughly enjoyed the camps and had made many new friends whilst they were away.