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Rotary camp brings out leadership skills

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By Lou Elliott Jones, Editor

Matthew Horne and Jeremy McClelland, two 10th grade students from Chiefland High School felt a little out of place at the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards camp in the Panhandle.
It wouldn't last long.
Before Sunday they would come out of their cocoons.
Call it the RYLA effect.
"It changes their life," said Dr. Bill Martin, a dentist and former president of the Chiefland Rotary Club. The camp uses team-building exercises, personal challenges and group challenges to draw out the students from around the state and get them to reach out and bond with total strangers. "This is the kind of thing corporations pay a couple of thousand dollars to do."
This is the second year Martin has participated in the camp with students sponsored by the Chiefland Rotary Club. Last year he took Eli Poole, now an 11th grade student at CHS. Martin said on the trip up to the camp Poole said very little to him and his wife. On the way back from the camp he was exuberant and didn't stop talking to the couple.


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