May is here, flowers are blooming, and we’re all young at heart.  Apropos, as this month in our Rotary International world is Youth Service month.  Youth Service recognizes the importance of empowering youth and young professionals through leadership development programs such as InteractRotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA), Rotary Youth Exchange, and Rotaract.  D5510 just wrapped up another wildly-successful RYLA in Heber a few weeks ago.  PDG Sherry Mischel, John Wintersteen, Larry Horton and their hard-working team did a fantastic job in planning and executing a four-day event in which 85 high schoolers were helped to transform into tomorrow’s leaders.
 
Also executed to near-perfection last month, led by DGE Nancy Van Pelt and DGND David Simmer, was the inaugural Club Leadership Academy (CLA).  Over 150 Rotarians took part in an educational extravaganza which will surely be the blueprint for future training events. 
 
Don’t forget about awards!  Every club should be striving for the RI Presidential Citation and the District Achievement Award.  Contact me with any questions. 
 
Clubs may still apply for PI/PR mini-grants of $100 to promote an event or project. The application takes ​only two minutes and we'll get a check in the mail the very next day. Contact me for details.
 
Join a mere 50,000 or so Rotarians from around the globe in Atlanta for the RI Convention, June 10-14.  It looks to be a stupendous one!  Register at http://www.rotaryconvention2017.org/.
 
Still time for some ‘free labor’ from First Dude Steve and me.  Please let us know if you can use us some for one of your club's service projects or fundraisers.
  
Don’t miss the May 15th deadline for the Early Bird discount registration rate for the 2017 Conference of Clubs.  We’re promising fun, friendship, fellowship, and philanthropy!  Register and book a room at Little America Hotel now at http://rotary5510.org/Stories/district-conference-2017.  There are also many other hotels just minutes away.  Please be part of this extra-special event!
 
Wear Rotary on your sleeve (and collar) ... DG Tonya, RotaryTonya@gmail.com