At an early morning meeting, The Lloydminster Rotary and the Border City Rotary were recognized by the District Governor for their work in helping send local youth to a camp.
The Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment (RYPEN) took place in May and the Rotary was able to send eight kids along with a junior leader.
Past President Jason Whiting says, “these youth get to spend a weekend in Jasper, kind of diving into themselves, becoming better leaders for the community.”
Whiting adds, the two clubs partnership with the Youth Centre has been a success.
“These youth come back and you can tell right away that they’re changed and they have higher self esteem, they’ve learned a few things, all in hope they become better leaders for our community.”
He adds, “as cliche as it is, our youth is our future. By giving youth these experiences, providing different leadership skills, self-development skills, self esteem; it all helps our community in the long run.”
Whiting says the recognition from the District Governor was an honour and the visit was appreciated.
“It’s always nice to see him come through and give us some words of encouragement and different ideas we can use moving forward.”
Whiting says moving forward the rotary will keep practicing “service above self,” and giving back to the community.