The Rotary Club of Rancho Murieta held its Raffle Drawing for a $2000 voucher for travel to Ireland, Great Britain, Scotland, or Italy on Thursday April 15th  at the Country Club 19th Hole.  Congratulations to Wendy Feldman, winner of this great vacation prize.  Thanks to all in our community that supported the raffle, after cost the net income for Youth and Community Programs was $1980, bringing our Youth and Community Service funding for next year to $3980, which will fund all the 2010-2011 youth programs.

The funds raised from last year’s St. Paddy’s Day Event in 2009 are announced below:

We are pleased to announce that the funds raised from last year’s St. Paddy’s Day Event have been awarded.  The Club is sending two young women from Pleasant Grove High School on June 21st to the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) Camp at Grizzly Creek Ranch in Portola California.  RYLA is a complete scholarship awarded to men and women of high school age who are leaving their junior year and will be next year's senior high class. The intent of our program is to prepare these students for leadership roles in their senior year and beyond.  Congratulations to Theresa Totah and Rajveer Dhaliwal, both young women are members of the Pleasant Grove Interact Club and have goals in the health sciences area.

At Camp RYLA the young women will have the opportunity to learn more about themselves through the voices and eyes of people who have experienced life, people who can help our youth see things from a different viewpoint. They will learn not only from special speakers, volunteer Rotarians and non-Rotarians, but by interacting with other scholarship winners from high schools from northern California and Nevada.   If there is a young person in your home entering their junior year in September 2010 and this program sounds of interest, please contact the local Rotary Club.  Applications for next year’s RYLA Camp are due by December 31st, 2010.

We are also pleased to announce that the Rotary Club of Rancho Murieta will be again sponsoring a student abroad for a 10 month cultural and educational exchange through the Rotary Youth Exchange Program (RYE).  Paul Orozco, who is a senior at Folsom High School, will represent Rancho Murieta in Spain beginning August 2010.  Paul is currently participating in the educational sessions provided by the Rotary District 5180 prior to his departure to assist him in his integration with his new host families.  Our inbound exchange student is from Germany, Sandro Mueller;   he will also arrive in August and will attend Folsom High School.  Sandro will be a regular attendee at Rotary Meetings here in Rancho Murieta and we will be holding special meetings to introduce him meet our community, date to be announced.  Many of you know that our inbound student this year is from Brazil and has lived in Rancho Murieta since August, attending Pleasant Grove High School.  Luis Felipe (Phillip) Caetano has had many adventures these past months and will be discussing his perspective of this adventure at the April 28th Rotary meeting (7:00 RMCC).  All residents are welcome to come and learn about the Rotary Youth Exchange and one experience of a young man.  Phillip is an outstanding student and young man, he will return to Brazil in July to study for his university exams.  The local Rotary Club supports both inbound and outbound students financially and is responsible for the young person’s health and safety, providing counseling and support.  If a high school student in your family is interested in experiencing life in another country, please contact the local Rotary Club for more information.  Applications for next year’s RYE Program are due by December 31, 2010.

“Thank You” Rancho Murieta!

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