Polly Ford-Hunter

District 7640 RYLA Chair

Rotary Club of Penns Grove
Contact Information:
Email: polly@blueberrylaneshop.com
Cell: (856)981-4594

Claudia Kammer

District 7640 RYLA Co-Chair

Rotary Club of Lower Township
Contact Information:
Email:  Crkammer@aol.com

Happy 39th year for RYLA!
Our 38th RYLA Conference was a great success with over 160 students in attendance.

The Club and Student registration deadline is March 31, 2018.


Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is a leadership development program run by Rotary. Our District focuses on high school juniors entering their senior year in September.  RYLA conference is 5 days/4 nights long at the Stockton University, and includes presentations, activities, and workshops that cover a variety of topics, including:

  • Leadership fundamentals and ethics
  • Communication skills
  • Problem solving and conflict management
  • Community and global citizenship


Follow RYLA on Facebook to learn about inspirational events happening around the globe.  Each year our Rotary Clubs interview eligible students to participate in our RYLA Program. Information is updated for the upcoming RYLA year on the web site in December.

History of RYLA

In 1959, the state government of Queensland, Australia, invited local Rotary Clubs to help plan an event to help celebrate the upcoming centennial of the state. Princess Alexandra, who was in her early 20s was due to attend the celebrations, so activities were planned specifically for the princess’s age group.
The gundoo, an aboriginal word meaning “festival” or “fun together,” was deemed successful with more than 300 men and women between the ages of 17 and 23 attending. Encouraged by the event’s popularity with the young attendees, Rotary saw potential to create an annual youth program based on Gundoo. The governor of the then District 260, Art Brand, approved the project and on 2 May 1960, RYLA was an official Rotary project.

Australian districts 258 and 260 established a committee together that developed the official framework of RYLA: to train youth ages 14-30 in character, leadership, personal development, and good citizenship.

These guidelines helped RYLA expand to all Rotary districts in Australia and led to its approval as a Rotary International program by the RI Board at the 1971 Convention in Sydney, Australia.

For more information, contact our District RYLA Chair, Polly Ford-Hunter at polly@blueberrylaneshop.com, or call at (856)981-4594.