One of Rotary's most important initiatives is the development of youth into leader and proudly, our club has always been deeply involved in these initiatives. In April, we sent two students -- Gillian Lutton and Jared Yaggie -- to a weekend-long leadership development program in Canada. And last year, we sent Olivia Valone to Germany for a year through the Rotary Youth Exchange Program. During our Monday, Aug. 10 meeting, Mr. Yaggie and Miss Valone spoke to club members about their experiences and what they had learned. Mr. Yaggie, who plans to become an active Rotarian, left the leadership development program with a more defined sense of his leadership style and qualities. But he didn't stop there ... he took the program's directors up on their challenge to start an Interact Club and, with the help of his school's Board of Education, has established one at Southwestern Middle School. The club will become active this fall. Miss Valone spent a year in Potsdam, the capital city of the German federal state of Brandenburg. She toured Europe with other Rotary Youth Exchange members and enjoyed her first skiing experience on the slops of the Italian Alps! Miss Valone, who is now 19, plans to study international relations at American University. From left are Rotarian Vicki McGraw; Bridget Valone; Olivia Valone; Jared Yaggie; Rotarian and Youth Services Committee member Lisa Yaggie; Rotarian and Youth Services Committee member Cheri Krull; and Rotarian and Youth Services Committee member Michelle Jones.
 
 
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