EXCITING TIMES: Danielle Wust in the green shirt front row and Lillie Sermon with green hair, blue head band in the middle row and were Biloela RYLA participants last year.
EXCITING TIMES: Danielle Wust in the green shirt front row and Lillie Sermon with green hair, blue head band in the middle row and were Biloela RYLA participants last year. Contributed

Busy year ahead for Biloela Rotarians

THE Rotary Club of Biloela has a busy 2019 schedule ahead of it with several community based upcoming events.

Biloela Rotary Club New Generations director Michaela Lawson said there was the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards event that local youth could apply for.

"The RYLA enables the youth to not only fine-tune personal and professional skills, but to help make an impact with the community,” Michaela said.

"You don't have to be a member of Rotary for this and it will help to develop skills, leadership and connections with other youth.”

The RYLA is a seven-day retreat for youth aged 18-28 years and will be held at the Capricorn Caves February 16 to 22.

The seven days will involve participants with problem solving skills, commitment and vision opportunities.

Applications close on January 16.

Michaela strongly recommended Biloela youth in that age group apply for RYLA after noticing a difference for the better Rotary has helped her.

"I have been here (Biloela) for six years and being a part of Rotary for the last six months has helped me,” she said.

"Coming from a small country town like Gunalda just north of Gympie, there wasn't the same opportunities as Rotary has on offer here.”

The next event coming up for Biloela Rotary is the Beer and Wine Festival fundraiser on March 9 at the Biloela Civic Centre.

"This is the second year running this festival and the money raised from it goes towards Rotary International to help end polio,” Michaela said

Also, each year the club looks to sponsor an exchange student.

"There are some prerequisites to being an exchange student such as being a member of Rotary and the opportunities for this can range from a short or long stay of three months or 12 months,” she said.

Towards the end of the year and in conjunction with the Callide Valley Auto Club, there will be an autofest with cars and bikes from all over Queensland descending on Biloela to show off some motoring talent.

It will be a full on couple of days during the autofest with the traditional and very popular burnout competition.

"There are a lot of exciting events happening this year with Biloela Rotary and a great opportunity to help out the community at the same time.”

For details about the awards and upcoming events go to Rotary Club of Biloela Facebook page.


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