May 1, 2020
Dear Rotarians,
I wanted to formally announce that with the current COVID-19 situation, the Missouri Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Academy has been cancelled for 2020.
With health considerations for both student participants and the staff, the decision was made in conjunction with our academy venue, William Woods University in Fulton, Missouri.
The Rotary clubs who have already signed up and paid for students will be receiving a full refund of $450 per student in the next couple weeks.  The refund will come in the snail mail as a check, made out to the club.  The checks will be mailed to the Rotarian contact that was used to sign up the students on-line.
Naturally, we are disappointed we will not be able to bring together some of Missouri’s most outstanding high school students this summer, to build strong leaders, educate about Rotary and inspire the RYLArians to make the world a better place.
I want to take a moment to thank the Rotary Clubs who have sponsored students for RYLA over the past 27 years.  This program is what it is because you have consistently sent students who genuinely have hearts of Rotarians…hearts of service.
The way I see it is that when we are back in 2021, the top-notch program we teach, motivate and inspire at RYLA will be even more valuable than it has ever been for our communities and the world!
If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me directly. 
Valerie Anderson, Executive Director