Rotary recognizes youth leaders

From left: RYLA award winners Kyle Stanley of Shelburne, Thomas Clayton of Hinesburg, Cally Braun of Charlotte, and Emma Greisser of Shelburne were introduced by RYLA Chair Judy Christiansen.

Charlotte Shelburne Rotary Club supports many worthy causes in the community, raising funds and making contributions that totaled over $30,000 last year.

No project gives more satisfaction or points more clearly to building a stronger future than the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, which the Charlotte Shelburne Rotary Club presents each year to students who have completed their freshman or sophomore year at Champlain Valley Union (CVU) High School. This year, four CVU students were chosen for the award, spending a challenging and productive weekend at Lyndon State College from June 22-24.

Cally Braun from Charlotte, Emma Griesser from Shelburne, Thomas Clayton from Hinesburg, and Kyle Stanley from Shelburne were chosen following interviews and review of the 30 applications received. The winners were chosen on the basis of demonstrated leadership potential.

At their Sept. 12 meeting at Trinity Episcopal Church in Shelburne, the Rotarians heard the four RYLA winners tell of the fun and satisfaction of participating in the weekend’s program. Griesser said it was exciting to be involved with a group where every person was excited to be there and eager to learn more about leadership skills. Clayton said the ropes course was the most challenging and exciting part of the program, and Stanley said the talent show, in which the CVU foursome did a dance, was the biggest challenge for him.

During their June weekend  the local youths were busy. They participated in team-building activities led by the Vermont Air National Guard, a ropes course conducted by the Lyndon State College Adventures Program, and heard about the importance of goal-setting from motivational speaker Travis Roy.

Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders united worldwide who provide humanitarian service and help to build goodwill and peace in the world. Charlotte Shelburne Rotary meets every Wednesday at 7:30 am in the Community Room of Trinity Episcopal Church on Route 7 in Shelburne. For more information, visit and

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