Youth urge participation in golf tourney

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On Friday, June 16, the Olds Rotary Club will hold its 17th annual fundraising golf tournament.

The tournament, held at Olds Central Highlands Golf Club, is an 18-hole scramble. It includes a power cart and poker rally, as well as lunch, dinner and door prizes.

Registration begins at 8:45 a.m. The tournament features a shotgun start.

Fees are $675 per corporate team, $550 per foursome and $150 per individual golfer.

RYPEN (Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment) and RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) are two programs among many the tournament helps raise money for.

Olds High School Grade 12 students Daniel Charchun, Tyana Gall and Amy Morton have attended these leadership facilitating camps. They say they have learned a lot from them.

They urge Olds and area residents to participate in the tournament and thereby help create the leaders of tomorrow.

ìI think it built on my leadership skills. The main reason people go there is to build confidence and become a better leader,î Charchun says. ìThere were talks on how to build self-confidence and how to do public speaking and things like that.î

Gall and Amy Morton say they benefited too.

They say one exercise in particular made a huge difference for them. In that one, they had to physically break through a board on which they’d written down their deepest insecurities.

ìThat one was very (em)powering. Lots of people were crying, especially when your hand goes through that board; the feeling. For me, it took me quite a while and I had to use different techniques and everything,î Gall says.

ìIn those moments ñ it almost feels like it’s not possible, like I’m not going to get through it. When your hand finally breaks through it, it’s like a weight is lifted. That’s also very life-changing. I still have that board in my room broken and everything. It’s almost like a daily reminder: ëOK, we can do this.’î

Morton says it was much tougher for her to break the board.

ìMy dad’s in law enforcement and it scares me every time he walks out the door. So I can never know when he’s going to come home, and so I actually had to go and call him privately by myself and tell him that and have a good conversation with him, and then I went outside and I broke it,î she says.

ìI think definitely the funding behind it is really important, because if we can’t go, we can’t learn everything that RYLA has to teach us. So if someone’s not going, then someone’s not learning.î

“I think definitely the funding behind it is really important, because if we can’t go, we can’t learn everything that RYLA has to teach us. So if someone’s not going, then someone’s not learning.” AMY MORTON RYLA PARTICIPANT

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Doug Collie joined the Olds Albertan in 2014 as editor. He covers municipal politics, news, community events, arts and entertainment and sports happening in and around Bowden and Olds.