Leadership retreat offered by Rotary International

The Rotary Club is once again searching for a candidate to send to a leadership conference in Estes Park.

One high school student from Moffat County will be selected to participate in a week-long, all-expense-paid conference with other students from Wyoming, Nebraska and other parts of Colorado. The leadership conference will be held in Estes Park during the last week of July, combining lectures, panel discussions, sports and outdoor activities to promote community leadership and improvement in high school students.

The local Rotary club has been sending a student to the conference for more than a decade, and is eager to send another deserving candidate, Kasia Stevens, a local Rotarian, said.

"This is something we've done for 12 years now, and we're looking to get applications from local students," she said. "The student must be entering their junior or senior year. There is no cost to the student, they just need to turn in a written application that they can pick up at Moffat County High School. One student will be chosen to attend the leadership conference."

Interested students can contact Moffat County High School Dean Tim Paschke to receive an application, or an application can be printed off the Internet and turned into Stevens directly at Community First National Bank. To access the application online, go to www.rockymountainryla.com.

Applications are due by May 7.

The impacts of the program on youth who attend are immediately noticeable, said Nancy Muldoon, an aide at the high school.

"I've taken and picked up kids from several communities to the conference, and when they come back, they are so full of ideas and abilities," Muldoon said. "They are changed, changed in a way that will benefit them for the rest of their life.

"The experience builds excellent leadership qualities. Students come back with a plan for what they can do for the community."

Rotary International is a worldwide service club that provides humanitarian service and programs for youth, the elderly, the disabled and health-related issues.

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