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Rotary offers conference grants to Evanston teens

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Evanston students at public and private high schools are eligible for grants from the Rotary Club of Evanston Lighthouse to attend a popular conference in Wisconsin this spring.

The conference, popularly known as RYLA, for Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, will be held on two successive weekends, March 10-13, and April 7-10, at Camp Edwards in East Troy, Wis.

The conference is put on by the 72 Rotary clubs in District 6440, which covers the area north and west of Chicago, from Evanston to the Wisconsin border.  The $350 fee to attend the conference, which includes all meals and camp accommodations, including bus transportation from Evanston and back, is paid for by the local club.

Each year, the Evanston Lighthouse club sends several students to the conference. After their return, they are invited to attend a meeting of the club, along with their parents, and speak briefly about their experience.

Although most of the attendees are juniors, any student from grades 9 through 12, at public or private high schools, are eligible to attend, according to Marv Edelstein, who heads the New Generations Committee of the local club.

Applications must be submitted to Edelstein by Jan. 15 and may be obtained from him, along with additional information, by email request.

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Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio stations and business-oriented magazines.

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