Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Exciting Dinner Venues Set for Annual Meeting

Klara's Restaurant
During the RLI Annual Meeting & Faculty Training Event in Cary NC January 21-23, two exciting dinner venues have been selected.

For Friday night's Faculty Appreciation Dinner: Klara's Restaurant. A world-class Authentic Czech cuisine right in Cary, North Carolina! Contemporary European eatery, beautiful hardwood floors, intimate tables. Racks of wine fill the bright, airy space. It sounds upscale, and it is, but in a casual, comfortable way. The only thing more stunning than Klara's picturesque interior is its world-class Czech and European cuisine. This will be a great dining experience. Visit the Klara's Restaurant website.  

For Saturday night: Maximillians Grille. The impressive and original menu boasts creative food presented with flair, and with a taste unique only to Maximillians. Entrees include the tasty fire pan voodoo tuna lightly seared in peppercorns and mounted on a fiery bed of noodles. With a dining area featuring large tinted windows, high ceilings and dark wood paneling, Maximllians promises a warm dining experience. Visit the Maximillians Website

Private Dining will be available both nights. We are glad that you can join us! 

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Charleston WV Area Site Set in St. Albans

RLI District 7550 Chair Frank Markun announces that the venue for the Charleston area WV RLI has been set in St. Albans WV. The date of the RLI is unchanged at February 26, 2011.

The location is at the AEP - Simulator Learning Center, 620 6th Avenue, St. Albans, WV 25177. Click here for a Mapquest map of the site or directions. Further information can be obtained on the RLI registration page.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Murfreesboro NC RLI New Date

The Murfreesboro NC RLI at Chowan University has been reset to Saturday, January 15, 2011. Existing registrants have been moved to the new date and may modify their registration on the RLI registration page. If you have questions, please contact Regional Coordinator, Bob Stinson.    

Friday, September 24, 2010

Salisbury MD RLI ReCap

On Saturday, September 11, 2010, the Rotary Leadership Institute successfully held two sessions (Level 1 and Level 2) in one of our newest entries into Zone 33; District 7630.  There were 20 participants, ranging from Rotarians with 20+ years of service to one who had been in Rotary only 30 days.  The event was hosted in Salisbury, Md. at Dove Pointe, a fantastic facility for the benefit of special needs individuals and run by District Governor Don Hackett.

The arrangements were made by PDG Susan Giove, who was part of the Faculty.  In addition, IPRIVP Eric Adamson, PDG Eric Grubbs,  DGE Roger Harrell, PCP Curt Barrows, and RRLI Coordinator, PDG Bob Stallworth facilitated the sessions.  At lunch, an inspiring and encouraging message was delivered by DG Don Hackett, who also entertained the audience with a rousing rendition of 'When the Saints Go Marching In'.  While Governor Don may be an accomplished trombone player, his back up band members, consisting of selected members in the audience, needs more practice to really show off their talents, except for the cymbals player (who shall remain anonymo`us), who must have seen the Florida State A&T Marching Band to learn his moves.  His technique qualified him to be a cymbals player!!

From the evaluations received, the participants enjoyed the opportunity to learn more about Rotary and its many programs.  The bite-size format of RLI enables participants to cover many topics of interest in a relaxed and informative atmosphere.  Thanks to the leadership in District 7630, they are already gearing up for another bigger and better RLI session to be held later in this Rotary year.

Bob Stallworth, Regional Coordinator, Chesapeake Region, Zone 33 RLI

Friday, September 17, 2010

Fayetteville NC RLI Changes Date, Not Location

Please take note that the Fayetteville NC RLI, originally scheduled for Friday, October 22, 2010, has been moved to the new date of Saturday, October 23, 2010.

The venue is still Fayetteville Technical Community College in Fayetteville, NC.

Please contact District 7730 RLI Chair Sheryl Casey if you have any questions regarding this venue change.

Current Registrants are being notified by email, and registrants can change their registration online at by going back through the event registration process.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Murfreesboro NC RLI Postponed

Due to sluggish enrollments at the new District 7720 RLI site at Chowan University, Murfreesboro, NC, the RLI sessions set for Saturday, September 18, 2010 have been postponed. A new date and possibly location will be set within the next 10 days. Confirmed registrants have been contacted by RLI staff regarding the postponement.

Confirmed Registrants will have their registrations automatically moved to the new date, but will be able to modify their registration online once the new date is set. If you have questions, please contact Regional Coordinator, Bob Stinson.    

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Trainer's Site at RI

Click here for the RI Website Train the Trainers Page.

Salisbury MD RLI Hotel Deal

A block of rooms has been reserved for Friday September 10 at the Hampton Inn, 121 E. Naylor Mill Rd. Salisbury, MD 21804.  The rate is US$103.20 plus tax for the night.  Please call 1.410.334.3080 and say that you are with Rotary or RLI for this rate.  This rate is good until August 27 after that is will be US$129.00; they require a 48 hour cancellation. Click here for hotel link.  

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Regional Coordinators Top Six Objectives

From the RLI Summer Meeting's Regional Coordinator Breakout Group:

  1. Get comfortable with new Scheduling & Faculty Selection system
  2. Build Relationships with District Leadership
  3. Implement proactive Marketing & PR Effort
  4. Maintain Oversight on District Events and Activities of District Chairs
  5. Develop greater presence and sense of accountability, especially for post-event actions
  6. Develop shared event timeline 

Facilitation Timeline from the Summer Meeting

In an exercise at the RLI Summer Meeting in Cary NC July 30-31, RLI Faculty groups developed a list of time priorities for preparation of materials to be facilitated at RLIs. Honoring the baseball theme of the event, the timeline was divided into "In the Hole", "On Deck" and "At Bat" segments.

In the Hole

  1. Signal event availability using Google Docs form on website (, Faculty page) 
  2. Update biography information by responding to online survey
  3. Review material (, Downloads, Faculty Downloads)
  4. Planning & Preparation
  5. Sign up 
On Deck
  1. Verify materials
  2. Review training basics
  3. Verify how many in audience
  4. Review ABC Signup
  5. Coordinate with other faculty for event
At Bat
  1. Introduction (Keep an eye out for potential faculty)
  2. Icebreaker (extended first session only, keep short and work into other techniques in following sessions)
  3. Review objectives
  4. Facilitation
  5. Leave time for review and evaluations

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Photos from RLI Summer Meeting

View Slideshow of photos from the RLI Summer Meeting sessions.

View Slideshow of photos from the RLI Summer Meeting Baseball Outing.

Updated RLI Brochure Posted

The 2010 Zone 33 RLI Brochure has been updated to revise several changed dates since the original brochure was distributed just before PETS training in March 2010.

Click here for the brochure download or go to and click downloads, then downloads for administrators.

The brochure may be run best on 8.5x11 paper and in color.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Raleigh NC RLI & Annual Meeting Moved Up One Week

Due to the NHL Hockey All-Star Game taking place in the Raleigh area, the Raleigh RLI at Wake Technical College, and the RLI Annual Meeting location TBD have been moved up one week in January- to the 22nd of January.

Please note that brochures and calendar cards in distribution may show the incorrect date. The web site and registration systems are currently correct.

7 New Faculty Members Join Institute

Seven new faculty members joined the Institute during the Summer Meeting and Faculty Training event in Cary NC. The new Faculty are eligible to facilitate during the Fall semester Institutes.

The following Rotarians were inducted as Faculty: DG Don Johnson of Hertferd NC Rotary, PP Chuck Killian of Garner-Mid-Day Rotary, PP Jack Maciag of Fair Play SC Rotary, PP Frank Markun of Huntington WV Rotary, also a new District RLI Chair, PP Steve Padgett of Kings Mountain NC Rotary, DGE Mack Parker of North Raleigh NC Rotary, and PP Vance Zavela of McLean VA Rotary.

The Faculty were trained by RLI Faculty Trainer Pam Wall, and Assistant Faculty Trainers PDG Abe Clymer and PDG Sandra Duckworth.

Faculty Members Payne & Lester Recognized

The Zone 33 RLI Board recognized two Faculty Members for Exemplary Service at the Faculty Appreciation Luncheon of the RLI Summer Meeting, July 30-31, 2010 in Cary NC.

Zone 33 RLI Chair Bevin Wall, and Board Member, Past RI Vice-President Eric Adamson made the announcement, and chronicling some of the achievements and attributes of each recipient during the luncheon.

PDG Tom Payne of Washington NC was recognized for the quality of his facilitation activities, outstanding faculty evaluations, and willingness to travel significant distances when needed to support the Institute. He also conducted a session during the Summer Meeting. A retired Clerk of Court, Tom uses self-effacing humor and bona fide "country charm" to make his classes a joy for participants, and a memorable experience. He is an advocate for the Rotary Foundation and has a broad knowledge of Rotary and its programs.

PDG Ned Lester of Blacksburg VA was recognized for his efforts in the promotion area of the Institute, and his determination to complete tasks assigned. Ned led the Promotion Committees development of several much needed assets and procedures during the 2009-10 Rotary year, including the development, distribution and placement of RLI table displays at District Conferences and a Raffle at several conferences of a free RLI tuition. The other members of the Promotion Committee are Board Member Sandy Duckworth and PDG Bill Pollard.

The RLI Board recognizes Faculty annually for significant contributions to the Institute above and beyond  the call of duty.

RLI Board Recognizes Outgoing Board Members, Poss & Dean

The Zone 33 RLI Board of Directors made several board level recognitions during the 2010 Summer Meeting during the weekend of July 30-31, 2010.

The Board recognized two outgoing Board members for their years of service with Certificates of Merit. PDG Sue Poss from Greenville SC is the outgoing Vice-Chair of the Board, and one of the founding Board Members of the organization. She will remain active on the faculty. PDG Sandy Duckworth will assume the role as Vice-Chair of the Institute.  

Likewise, PDG Mary Dean of Buckhannon WV is the outgoing Treasurer to the Board. Both Dean and Poss have served three year terms and have held other posts over the years with RLI. Board Member Grace Roy will replace PDG Dean as Treasurer.

RLI Summer Meeting a Big Hit!

The 2010 Zone 33 RLI Summer Meeting took place in Cary NC on July 30-31. The theme for the event was a baseball theme, with an outing at the ballpark Friday night as the Carolina Mudcats hosted the Jacksonville (FL) Suns.

The event included a solid 47 Faculty and 10 guests for a day and a half of brushing up on facilitation skills, some job-specific training, and Rotary fellowship.

Chair RC Bevin Wall introduced the 2010-11 Board Members, Regional Coordinators, District RLI Chairs, and the functional positions of the Institute. Highlights of the event included a presentation by Past RI Director Ken Morgan on trends in Training at Rotary International, comments by Past RI Vice President Eric Adamson, and a luncheon address by outgoing Board Vice-Chair PDG Sue Poss, one of the original Board Members of Zone 33 RLI.

Several breakout sessions occurred as the Faculty worked on preparation and the division of responsibility between the Board, the Regional Coordinators and the District RLI Chairs. Saturday morning demonstrations of facilitation techniques also occurred.  

10 new faculty were trained in a module that ran separately from the main group during the weekend. New faculty were immersed in personality style based instruction techniques and were encouraged to be active in the Faculty during the upcoming Rotary year.