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District 5190 is pleased to offer the Rotary Eighth Grade Leadership Program (REGL), a special youth leadership program to selected 8th grade students.  Attendance is by scholarship only; students are selected by their principals.  All costs are covered by sponsoring Rotary Clubs. 

You can click here to obtain a REGL Program Brochure.

The purpose of REGL is to provide high quality leadership training with a strong emphasis on ethics to selected 8th grade students who have demonstrated leadership skills. Our aim is to provide these selected students with tools for the difficult choices that they face as they move into high school. 

Jennifer Burton's Website Positively Northern Nevada has an excellent article about the Eighth Grade Leadership Program.  Read the full article at

2016 Program Offering:

REGL I - Our three-day weekend residential camp at Grizzly Creek Ranch will begin at noon on Friday, September 16th and conclude with graduation on Sunday, September 18th, beginning at 3 pm.


REGL II - Our three-day weekend residential camp at Grizzly Creek Ranch will begin at noon on Friday, September 23rd and conclude with graduation on Sunday, September 25th, beginning at 3 pm.


REGL III - Our Reno/Sparks schools will attend a day program at the Nugget in Sparks, NV on October 7 - 9, 2016.  REGL III will begin at 8 am on Friday, October 7, and conclude with graduation on Sunday, October 9th, beginning at 3 pm.  Saturday, October 8 will be a special day at Grizzly Creek Ranch.


REGL started in 2009 as a day-program by the Rotary Clubs of Sparks and Sparks Centennial Sunrise, and four middle schools in Sparks.  In 2011-2014 the Rotary Clubs of Alturas, Portola and several clubs in the Grass Valley/Auburn area expanded REGL to include a 3-day residential program to serve middle school students throughout our large District.

Through our experience from Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) for students entering their senior year of high school, along with the Ethics Initiative materials developed for Rotary by the Josephson Institute, we benefit from the expertise and energy of Dean and Rochelle Whellams.  They are the program directors at RYLA, and along with the staff of Grizzly Creek Ranch (Sierra Nevada Journeys), we are most fortunate to offer an amazing program for our 8th grade students.


Professionals skilled in interfacing with this age group will conduct the actual exercises with trained former RYLA campers in the role of junior counselors and role models.  Structured working sessions on making choices, self-understanding, teamwork, resolving conflicts and ethical behavior will be conducted each day.  

A community service project will be included to give the students the importance and the benefits that come from helping others.  A graduation ceremony (parents and siblings invited) will be conducted on the last day.   

All sessions will be conducted under the direction of Dean and Rochelle Whellams, who are also the program directors for the RYLA program (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards).  The Adventure Challenge Program will be directed by staff from Sierra Nevada Journey.  All sessions will be conducted under the supervision of the Rotary Clubs in District 5190.

Expected Outcomes:

The highly selective process of choosing students for this program will allow us to focus on students who have already demonstrated leadership skills.  We will further develop and refine those skills and add tools to help in making choices, understanding themselves and being effective in a team situation.  Our graduates will be equipped to be more effective communicators, to know themselves well and to make sound, ethical decisions in the coming years. We hope your club will sponsor a middle school in your community and participate in the Rotary Eighth Grade Leadership Program. If a presentation or discussion with your Club would be of value, please contact us.  We look forward to hearing from you.

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