Contests will be held in March

Sue Fleming

The Freer Press

Myra Barrera and Kevin Serna, recepients of the 2007 Freer Rotary Youth Leadership awards, were special guests at the Freer Rotary Club's regular meeting, which was held last Wednesday in the Fire Department Annex.

The Freer High School students each thanked the club members for the privilege of having attended RYLA training at Camp Zephyr in Mathis the previous weekend along with 120 other juniors representing high schools throughout the South Texas area, also sponsored by local Rotary Clubs.

Serna spoke of the various activities which took place, having gained various knowledgeable skills while having fun as well during workshops.

"We learned many things about leadership and listened to guest speakers that taught us how to be good leaders in the future," he said.

Barrera afterward also spoke of enjoyable experiences that took place during the training sessions, reporting how creative and challenging the workshops were.

"I left RYLA with a better understanding of my peers and what being a leader is," she said in part. "I think I can speak for us both when I say it was a weekend well spent."

Concluding the presentations, Serna and Barrera also said they each have applied to serve as counselors at camp next year.

President Norman Jenkins followed, announcing the Rotary Four-Way Test Speech will be held March 19 for freshmen and sophomores, March 20 for juniors and seniors and on March 21 the local contest will be held in which winners of the previous contests will compete.

Area Four-Way Speech Contest will be held March 31 in Kingsville.

Also attending the meeting was special guest, Rotary Assistant District Governor, Elva Short of Corpus Christi.