Posted by Bob Wicks on Mar 09, 2021
On March 3, the monthly Open Doors with DG Diana explored the great opportunities open for Rotarians who work with and mentor our youth leaders. During the session, hosted by District Governor Diana Nestorova, the attendees also listened to some of the current participants in our district's youth-related opportunities.
Top, left to right, are session presenters: Sharon Spaulding, Concord Interact advisor; Samantha Burns, Weston-Wayland Interact member; Susan Rack, District Rotaract chair; Jane Schroeder, District ESSEX chair; Gabriel Imhoff, Bedford's 2019-2020 inbound student from Brazil; and, Christine Pinney, District RYLA chair;
Bottom, left to right, are session presenters: Allie Salvino, WPI Rotaract member; Max Brown, Boston University Rotaract member; Nathan Persempieri, MassBay Community College Rotaract member; Nate Johnson, Athol-Orange Rotarian; Joe Roberts, Wellesley Rotarian; and, Kelsey Maira, Acton-Boxborough's 2018-2019 outbound student from France.
To watch the session's 90-minute video, click here.
To download the session summary, click here.
Discussed during the sessions, were these seven youth-related opportunities:
  1. Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA): An intensive leadership experience organized by Rotary clubs and districts where youth develop skills as a leader while having fun and making connections. -Interact clubs – Rotary-sponsored high school service clubs.
  2. Earlyact clubs: Rotary-sponsored elementary school service clubs.
  3. Rotaract clubs: Brings together people ages 18 and older, to exchange ideas with leaders in the community, develop leadership and professional skills, and have fun through service.
  4. Rotary Youth Exchange (ESSEX): Incoming and/or outgoing students ages 15 to 19 are sponsored by Rotary clubs, to spend a school year in one of 100 countries either earning or perfecting a new language, discovering another culture, and truly becoming global citizens.
  5. Morley Endowed Grant Scholarship: Established by a generous bequest from a Rotarian and his wife, David and Eleanor Morley, for the sole use of Rotary District 7910, it is managed by The Rotary Foundation Permanent Fund in cooperation with the D7910 Rotary Foundation Scholarship Subcommittee. The window of application of two months will be followed by an interview, and the announcement of one qualified candidate.
  6. Rotary Global Grant Scholarship (formerly the Ambassadorial Scholarship): Funds graduate-level coursework or research for one to four academic years.
  7. Rotary Peace Fellowship: For leaders with work experience in peace and development.
Attendees felt the energy and heard the inspirational stories of our young partners currently or previously serving in these activities, and learned how Rotary has changed their lives.
For more information on this session, contact Coordinator Bob Wicks at
Shown, below, are all of the session's attendees.


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