Project Name: Rotary Youth Leadership Academy for 2017
Date: February 24, 25, 26
Place: Kilauea Military Camp
Description: Annually, the RYLA program is offered to high school students on the Big Island. The nine Rotary Clubs on the Big Island partner to provide the program and logistics for RYLA. The program is designed to give high school students leadership skills and experiences. RYLA is Rotary’s commitment to developing our youths to become future leaders of our communities. in addition to developing these leadership skills, students participate in the Volcanoes National Park program to eliminate the invasive ginger plant.
RC of Hilo Bay sponsored 13 high school students for RYLA 2017. 5 from Keaau High School and 8 from St. Joseph High School. The students are members of the Interact Clubs at these high schools, and both clubs are sponsored by RC of Hilo Bay. There were a total of 62 high school students participating in this year’s RYLA at the Kilauea Military Camp.
Two members of RC of Hilo Bay participated in the planning and facilitation of RYLA 2017.
Are you aging gracefully? Or, are you noticing weight gain, loss of muscle mass, compromised immune system, wrinkling and thinning of the skin, depression and stress, cognitive decline, insulin resistance, loss of sex drive, fatigue, sleep disorder. What are you doing about it-- accepting all your aches and pains, taking drugs to treat symptoms, buying larger clothes to fit your weight gain, reducing activity due to pain, feeling and acting old? Well, if you want to start taking responsibility for your health, you may want to consult our newest Club member, Dr. Michael Fitch, M.D., who introduced us to his new practice.
Rape victims need trained physicians and nurses to timely and effectively gather evidence, as well as tend to the physical and emotional trauma of the victim. In 1995, a rape victim waited over five hours in the emergency room for a trained doctor. She left in frustration, abandoning any chance to prosecute. Terri Lum, Director, explained how the Big Island Coalition Against Physical and Sexual Assault (BICAPSA) formed after that incident vowing to provide 24-hour service for rape victims. BICAPSA was the worthy recipient of our Club's Weinberg Foundation grant this year.
An elderly wife calls 911. Her husband has fallen and she can't lift him. When the paramedics arrive, they notice the home is in disarray. This couple needs help beyond the immediate assistance to lift the husband off the floor. Jesse Ebersole, Fire Department Captain, presented the community paramedicine program-- the first in the State. A team of paramedics, physicians, and social service providers identify and assist underutilizers of the healthcare system, particularly elderly, to connect them with services and prevent more serious injuries or sickness. The team also regularly strolls through homeless camps to tend to wounds and other needs. They use a computer program to identify frequent 911 callers and assess their needs. When they are called to a home and notice potential fall hazards, they perform an assessment and provide preventive aids such as slip-resistant mats or shower chairs. The goal of the community paramedicine program is to save overall healthcare costs by proactively preventing people from using the emergency care system as their primary care.