Avery Darida, a senior at West Stokes High School, recently visited a weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of King, North Carolina, to talk with members about her experience as a participant in the Rotary Youth Leadership Program held on the campus of Guilford College this past July.
Ms. Darida commented on the weeklong experience by saying, “Each day that passes I am reminded of the journey that helped shape my life by teaching me so much about myself, about others and about leadership. It was a week I will never forget.” She explained to the group of Rotarians that much time was spent in self-exploration and awareness allowing her to learn about her personality preferences, goals, and communication and leadership styles. She learned in small group and classroom activities and in day-to-day situations resulting from living in a college dorm for a week. She mentioned that learning leadership strategies from representatives from the Center for Creative Leadership located in Greensboro, North Carolina, was particularly valuable as were opportunities to practice knowledge and skills by interacting with 40 other high school students from across the Piedmont. “I was exposed to so much information and so many leadership strategies which I find myself incorporating into my role as president of the West Stokes Interact Club, in sports and life in general,” she said.
The Rotary Youth Leadership Program is sponsored by Rotary District 7690 and held annually on the campus of Guilford College. Students in grades 10 and 11 with at least a “B” academic average and a demonstrated interest in leadership are encouraged to apply. Applications are available on-line at www.rotary7690.org and from high school counselors. Since the year 2000, the Rotary Club of King has sponsored one student per year and paid the full tuition making the program free to the student. This opportunity is possible because of financial donations from club members and from community support of the club’s annual fundraiser.
The Rotary Club of King, a chapter of Rotary International, is committed to the principle of,
“Service above Self.” It meets each Thursday at 7 a.m. at P.B. Clark’s Family Restaurant in King. Visitors are welcome to attend club meetings without a formal invitation or prior notice.