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Area Rotary clubs provide scholarships for teens to attend leadership camp

June 27, 2006

HUNTINGDON, Pa. - On June 11-14, Rotary clubs in District 7350 provided scholarships for 42 high school juniors and seniors from around the area to attend a leadership camp at Juniata College.

Known as Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, the program provides education and training for young people with outstanding leadership potential.

The Rotary Club of Hagerstown sponsored Kelly Toms, daughter of Rick and Cinda Toms, and an incoming senior at North Hagerstown High School.

Those chosen to participate learned about Rotary's 4-Way Test: Is it the truth?; Is it fair to all concerned?; Will it build goodwill and better friendships?; Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

They participated in such activities as a GPS and compass orienteering course; team-building programs at Penn State's Shavers Creek; community service projects at the Huntingdon United Way and Westminster Woods, a continuing care retirement community; a leadership program developed and instructed by Rotarian Bruce Harlan; and meetings at the Rotary clubs of Huntingdon and Tyrone.

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Program participants receive training from successful professionals, with special emphasis on the importance of ethics and community service. They often become leaders in their schools, communities and career paths.

The Rotary Club of Hagerstown is part of Rotary International's global network of more than 31,000 clubs in 166 countries. Rotary International consists of 1.2 million professionals who volunteer to improve the quality of life in their home and world communities.

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