Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men’s blood” ~ Daniel Burnham
Every one of us, or say most, want to be great – some want to be remembered by history as great men or women. Whereas metrics of greatness differ person to person, it is not debatable that achieving greatness is never accidental. As Joe Otin, District 9212 Governor Nominee and one of our speakers, notes: success is either of three: talent, persistence or luck.
However, those who achieve greatness use something that separates them from the masses. In this fast changing world, where there is a high amount of competition, limited resources and a sense of urgency, it is the WILL TO WIN that makes one truly great. If we must win; we must PLAN – we must know where we are headed; we must SET GOALS; scary goals.
I shall try very hard not to mention New Year resolutions. All the same, I bet my worth that less than 10 percent of Africans set goals and of those, very few review their goals on a weekly, monthly … basis. The ability to set goals and make plans for their accomplishment is the “master skill” of greatness. Lady or gentleman, RYLA – Rotary Youth Leadership Awards – Kenya 2017 dubbed “RYLA 4G: Get Goals; Grow n Give” is set to teach you the master skill.
Besides DGN Joe Otin we shall host the representative of the Chamber Of Commerce, Industry & Crafts of the Republic Of Guinea in Kenya; entrepreneur and innovator – Amadou Chico Cissoko; Rotary District 9212 New Generations Chair – Joash Mbogo and the current District 9212 Governor – Peter Mbui just to highlight a few of the phenomenal facilitators lined up. Never before has anyone been a speaker at 2 consecutive RYLAs and the awesome Valentine Nyakiere – Personal Hygiene Specialist – is set to make history. Not only is he a charter member and a Past President of the Rotary Club of Lang’ata but has also organized RYLA for District 9200 in 2008 – Hon. Mutula Kilonzo Jr. shall be speaking at RYLA Kenya 2017.
Let no-one cheat you that we are all that serious – outside and inside the conference hall it shall be all fun and play; cool music and dance; a lot of food (don’t mention drink) and a serene environment. Right at the foot of the second highest mountain in Africa – Mt. Kenya – is our host: the Sportsman’s Arms Hotel, a hotel whose deluxe self-contained rooms; open and airy picturesque terrace and the well-organized landscape areas give one no option but to extend their stay in the town that goes back in time – Nanyuki. Besides, lined up are a series of exciting evening theme dinners that shall offer the best opportunity for chilled out socialization.
Nanyuki is nestled at the heart of the Mt. Kenya and Aberdares ranges eco-system and presents an ally of nature trails. Rumors have it that on Friday, 17th Nov., afternoon we shall visit the Ol Pejeta Conservancy – the largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa and home to the last male northern white rhino in the world. In the spirit of doing good – we shall spend Sunday, 19th Nov., morning at the Nanyuki Children’s Home for what we shall dub the early X-Mas party.
Dear friend, you better be one of the more than 200 young leaders to attend this year’s RYLA. It shall not only be transformative but also exciting and relaxful. A road trip to and from Nanyuki; 4 days and 3 nights at Sportsman’s shall be the best thing that happens to you this year. Register and pay up now at the super-subsidized rate of $145.
See you on Thursday, 16th Nov. to Sunday, 19th Nov.