RYLA Northwest 2020 and the Coronavirus

The next RYLA Northwest was scheduled to be held on March 12-15, 2020 at Pacific Lutheran University.  The planning committee for RYLA NW has spent the last several months planning an amazing experience for this year’s students.  In fact, we have been preparing right up until now.  But the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the greater-Seattle area has caused our committee to pause and consider whether we would be putting students, staff, speakers, and their communities at risk if we held RYLA at this time.  

RYLA NW will place participants from all over the region in close living and sleeping arrangements for four days.  When we look at what the public health departments are recommending for preventing the spread of the virus, there are few steps we can take as a committee to host the conference while also ensuring that the virus is not spread to areas that are currently virus-free.  We have to ask ourselves, as much as we want to put on RYLA as planned, would doing so pass Rotary’s ethical standard, the Four-Way Test?  The answer we came up with is “No”, it does not.

So, it’s with regret that we are informing you that we will not be holding RYLA as we know it at this time.  We are very grateful and fortunate that Pacific Lutheran University will be giving our committee a FULL refund which will enable our committee to avoid a financial hardship. 

We’d love to thank you all for your support of RYLA NW.  For 50 years, RYLA NW has had significant and lasting impact on attendees and we intend to continue that tradition for 50 more! As we work through this and begin planning, we’ll share updates at www.rylanw.org and on our Facebook @RYLANorthwest. For immediate questions, contact us at rylaconference@hotmail.com

Sincerely, Your RYLA Planning Committee 


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The RYLA NW Committee is comprised of representatives from Districts 5020 and 5030. Please contact us if you would like to get involved, have general questions, or comments about RYLA NW. We welcome additional Rotarians on the planning committee, as onsite volunteers, and to help promote RYLA throughout our districts.