A Youth Night
Chairperson for this evening, Julie Lynch, welcomed our guests who were participating in our Youth Night.
Julie gave an overview of the Ruth Konig Scholarship, which was awarded to Declan and Olivia in 2022.
Ruth was passionate Rotarian and Teacher, who passed away in 2016. She provided funds to support the Day-springs School, South Africa (a school for disadvantaged youth) which was supported by a Rotary Global Grant of $120,000 to build an ablution block for the school. Ruth also left a bequest to Yea Rotary Club, which is being used as a scholarship to assist to improve educational prospects for tertiary level students. $2,000 per year for 3 years while studying. This has also been offset by a $2,000 district foundation grant.

Declan Fulford thanked Rotary for the opportunities given to him through the Ruth Konig Scholarship. He is currently studying a Batchelor of Science at Melbourne University, and hopes to major in either BioTechnology or Bio Medical field. The scholar-ship has helped offset rent, enabling Declan to live close to campus.

Olivia Johnson told us of her Diploma of Nursing (RMIT Bundoora) and of her plans to undertake her Batchelor of Nursing in 2025 where she will then specialise in her chosen nursing stream. The scholar-ship has helped pay for accommodation during her professional placements, one in a metropolitan hospi-tal and one at Hamilton, along with helping to offset her university fees.
RYLA (Sue Carpenter) This year Yea Rotary Club sponsored Lachlan Kellet (Paul’s grandson) to attend the RYLA conference, and he has gained so much from the experience. Sue, Fabio and Paul attended the conference dinner on Tuesday night. It is a week long conference where attendees work through goal setting and public speaking among many activities and all come home saying it is a life changing experience.
Henry Creed, 2022 attendee, unfortunately was not able to attend this evening.

Exchange Student Fabio, from Switzerland, gave an overview of his life back home, with his hobbies being mountain bike riding, hockey, scouts (leader) and freestyle skiing. His family include father Marcus, mother Helena, 19 yr old brother, and his dog Isla, who is very special to him. School is very different, attending a large secondary school with 1700 students (compared to 200 on site at Yea) He has recently visited New Zealand with Kristie, Eoghan and family which was exciting, and has been on a trip to Airley Beach, Qld, with Rotary Exchange Students. He thanked the Rotary Club of Zug, Switzerland, for sponsoring his exchange.
Secretary Julie        Declan and Olivia                                            Fabio