VOCATIONAL SERVICE ACTIVITIES
Life Leadership Conference
Rotary District 6290 conducts a Rotary Leadership Conference for youth. This four day
conference provides a unique opportunity for selected youth to participate first
hand in stimulative discussions in the area of trust, integrity, attitudes, and leadership
qualities. Attendees are selected on the basis of academics and service activities. For the
2009 LLC, the Rotary Club of Houghton Lake sponsored two student conferees.
2009-10 Goal: Send four students to the Life Leadership Conference.
STRIVE is a program that recognizes and rewards students, academically ranked in
the lower one-third of the senior class, who demonstrate their desire for success by
achievement in three areas: academics, attendance and attitude. To be eligible, students
must be in their senior year at Houghton Lake High School and fill out a commitment form
available at the orientation meeting or from the counseling office. Regular meetings are
held with STRIVE scholars to provide tutoring, discuss areas where they need assistance,
and recognize achievement. Strive scholars can receive cash incentives when completing a
semester with passing grades. The top three scholars will also receive scholarships. The
third most improved scholar will receive $250 in tuition assistance, the second most improved
will receive $500 in assistance, and the most improved will receive a scholarship of $750 for
tuition, fees and books. Each will receive additional tuition assistance from Kirtland
Community College. for 2009, eighteen students passed STRIVE with three scholarships awarded.
2009-10 Goal: Improve the academic standing of ten underachieving students and award three
scholarships with tuition assistance.
Each year, the Rotary Club of Houghton Lake recognizes a person in our community
for Outstanding service to his or her vocation and community. Rotarians submit
candidates with a description of why they would make a great example of their
vocation. The Rotary board approves a list of candidates. The Rotary membership
selects the recipient who will receive a plaque to recognize this prestigious award.
2009-10 Goal: Select and present a local vocational award.
The Rotary Club of Houghton Lake annually presents $4,000 in scholarship money
to graduating Houghton Lake High School students. Five $750 scholarships are
awarded to HLHS Seniors select by the Rotary CLub of Houghton Lake Scholarship
Committee One $250 scholarship is awarded to the Miss Houghton Lake Spirit winner.
2009-10 Goal: Increase Scholarship Awards to $5,000 for 2010 HLHS graduates.
Houghton Lake High School Career Day
Every other year, the Rotary Club of Houghton Lake sponsors a Career Day at
Houghton Lake High School. Students are surveyed weeks in advance for career
interests. Based on the results of the survey, career presenters are contacted to talk
to students about their respective career.
2009-10 Goal: No action as a Career Day was sponsored in 2009.