RYLA Applications now open

Are you, or do you know, a current junior that will be a senior in the fall? We have an excellent opportunity for soon to be seniors - RYLA!
RYLA is an all-expense paid, six-day experiential leadership program made possible for selected participants through scholarships awarded by local Rotary clubs. Students completing their Junior year of high school are eligible to apply. Sixty scholarships will be awarded throughout District 6840, encompassing Rotary clubs from Southeast Louisiana and Southern Mississippi.
Throughout the week, campers take an active role in evaluating their leadership skills through the unique peer-workshops that RYLA provides. Exercises on leadership, teamwork, anti-bullying, public speaking, and civic duty allow campers to sharpen skills while making lifelong friends. The leadership techniques learned at RYLA are valuable for all high school students, from athletes to musicians to club officers of all kinds.
Using keynote speakers and group activities, RYLA provides an interactive environment for campers to learn how to better serve their schools and communities. RYLA campers also learn how to make the most of their senior year, while planning for college. Campers will partake in activities which will utilize their creative, physical, and problem-solving capabilities.
Rotary’s motto, “Service Above Self,” is active during this one-of-a-kind program through a community service project held on the campgrounds. All campers will help in the service project from beginning to end, experiencing the unique reward found in serving the international community.
Application Deadline: The application can be accessed from the application link below. Applications are due by April 30, 2023. Please send to Haven Ilgenfritz (hilgenfritz@thefirstbank.com), our RYLA Chair.
Interviews: Rotary Clubs will contact students within two weeks and schedule interviews.
Selection Made: Rotary Club representatives will contact students about their scholarship selection and inform the RYLA committee by May 17, 2023.
Confirmation Mailed: Confirmation packets will be mailed to those students selected to participate in RYLA by June 15, 2023.
RYLA Applications now open John Brdecka 2023-03-13 05:00:00Z 0

Ribbon cutting at the Hancock County Youth Court

The Rotary Club of Bay St. Louis along with the Satellite Rotary Club will hold a ribbon cutting at the Hancock County Youth Court at 856 Highway 90, Suite B in Bay St. Louis on Friday, March 24, 2023 in conjunction with the Hancock County Chamber of Commerce. This space was designed and created by Rotarians for the use of children who appear in front of Judge Trent Favre. The ceremony will begin at 1:30pm at Youth Court. This project was made possible by generous community volunteers who donated books and in part through a Rotary District 6840 grant. 
Ribbon cutting at the Hancock County Youth Court John Brdecka 2023-03-13 05:00:00Z 0

Stock Those Shelves

In these uncertain times, Rotary is certain to be "People of Action". 

“At the end of the day, all you need is hope and strength. Hope that it will get better, and strength to hold on until it does.” ~Unknown

Stock Those Shelves Ashley Mayley 2020-05-13 05:00:00Z 0

Rome Wasn't Built in a Day, Right?

  That’s the question and/or sarcastic answer my parents have been throwing at me since childhood. Patience is not my strong suit, but in the case of our RYE kiddos, it has to be. To step into a culture that is so out of character can be difficult yet breathtaking. To venture into a foreign country, away from the friends and family that have been by your side since – well forever – requires not just patience, but natural instinct, optimism, encouragement, and confidence. All of our young ambassadors seem to possess this talent and many more.
Rome Wasn't Built in a Day, Right? Ashley Mayley 2020-01-15 06:00:00Z 0

What's on the Menu?!


As I was thinking about traditions and my mom slowly dealing with the fact that she wasn’t getting her typical New Year’s Day meal because we spent that day at a softball field in Orlando, I began to think of all the food I’ve had. The worst, the best, and the ones I’m totally obsessed with like New York style pepperoni pizza. I thought to myself, “I wonder if Chawin thinks any of my meals are gross…”


So, I posed this question to our students:


Best and worst foods so far? I won’t even lie, I laughed a quite a few of these.

What's on the Menu?! Ashley Mayley 2019-07-22 05:00:00Z 0
What Would You Do? Ashley Mayley 2019-04-23 05:00:00Z 0

A New Place to Call Home

You will never be completely at home again, because part of your heart always will be elsewhere. That is the price you pay for the richness of loving and knowing people in more than one place.” ~ Miriam Adeney
A New Place to Call Home Ashley Mayley 2019-04-23 05:00:00Z 0

Divine Mirrors

“I call my horses ‘divine mirrors’ – they reflect back the emotions you put in.  If you put in love and respect and kindness and curiosity, the animal will return that” – Allan Hamilton
Divine Mirrors Ashley Mayley 2019-04-23 05:00:00Z 0
A Valentine for All Ashley Mayley 2019-02-20 06:00:00Z 0
Get to know your Youth Exchange Students Ashley Mayley 2019-01-15 06:00:00Z 0