Rotary International's 2003-04 theme, “Lend a Hand” is an appropriate way to continue summarizing the role the Auburn Rotary Club has in supporting many local programs, events and organizations. Auburn Rotary continues that motto as we strive toward making our community a better place.
Boy Scouts of America
Troop 7, under the direction of Scoutmaster and Rotarian Ted McMurtrie, is sponsored by the Auburn Rotary Club. Boy Scouting like Rotary, upholds the high principles of honesty, fairness and service. Through this support, Rotarians provide troop leadership and oversight, while helping to shape and mold our community's future leaders.
In late 2004, Auburn Rotary established a Explorer career club. This club enables high school-aged youth to learn about different professions represented within the club, with a special emphasis on business and teaching. With Rotary's vocational focus, giving students the opportunity to take an in-depth look at these specific career opportunities is a natural fit. Explorer Scouts interact with club members who share more about their chosen vocational and professional careers.
Both the Boy Scout troop and Explorer career club are affiliated with the Chattahoochee Council's Saugahatchee District.
Fall Festival, Auburn City Schools
Rotaract Club, Auburn University
The Auburn University Chapter of Rotaract was established in 1998 as a service and professional development venue for undergraduate and graduate students. The club's officers plan several professional, service and social activities for its members each month. Auburn University Rotaract has helped coordinate food-collection and clothing-collection drives, among its many worthwhile projects.
Interact Club, Auburn High School
Auburn High School's Interact is a Rotary-sponsored service club for high-school-aged young people. The program gives young people an opportunity to participate in fun, meaningful service projects while developing leadership skills and meeting new friends. Through these activities, Interact Club members learn the importance of developing leadership skills and personal integrity; demonstrating helpfulness and respect for others; and advancing international understanding and goodwill.
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA)
RYLA was officially adopted by Rotary International in 1971, and is one of the most significantly and fastest-growing programs of Rotary service. This program often helps cultivate future participation by young people in Rotary's Interact, Rotaract, Youth Exchange or Ambassadorial Scholars programs. The program also attempts to expose students to leadership principles, team building techniques, and ethics principles.
RYLA aims to:
- Demonstrate Rotary's respect and concern for youth
- Provide an effective training experience for selected youth and potential leaders
- Encourage leadership of youth by youth
- Recognize publicly young people who are rendering service to their communities
Auburn Rotary Club was instrumental in establishing the District 6880 RYLA in 1997. For the first nine years, RYLA was held at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery. In recent years, RYLA has shifted venue to Camp ASCCA on Lake Martin, near Dadeville, AL. In our district, the program is focused on students in the 11th and 12th grades, but some sophomores have been permitted to attend past events.
Auburn Rotary Club can sponsor a teen to go to Camp ASCCA. If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact the club for more information.