Monday, October 31, 2011

Sunshine Division Needs Spanish Speakers

Sunshine RLI Division Chair Gary Israel was seeking qualified (Spanish-speaking) discussion leaders that might be interested in going down to Caracas, Venezuela on November 25 (day after Thanksgiving) thru Sunday (could probably fly back Sunday afternoon/evening) at the D-4370 RLI. It is a new district in their division and their first RLI event.

If you are interested, please contact Gary at

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

RLI Hickory NC 2011

A report from District 7670 RLI Chair David Sink regarding the RLI session held on September 24 in Hickory, NC
The Hickory RLI was well received by all who attended.
The evaluations from all 23 Rotarians accross the three levels were strong. Positive comments were noted for the faculty, location, facility, and curriculum.
Five Rotarians completed level III and were recognized at a graduation ceremony conducted by Karen Shore and David Sink at the end of the day. Graduates are: Florence Allbaugh (Hendersonville Club), Lysa Deaton-Smith (Lake Hickory Club), Charlotte Gonzalez (Low Country Club), David Lery (Greenville, NC), and Michael Solomonides (Black Mountain Club).
Several of the graduates inquired about the process for becoming RLI Faculty. All of the level I and level II participants expressed interest in signing up for the next level.
Click here for a link to pictures from the event.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

RLI Salisbury MD 2011

Rotary Leadership Institute is alive & well in Salisbury, Maryland in District 7630.

The venue was moved to the beautiful campus of Wor-Wic Community College.

In two years' time, this site attracted so many new first timers to RLI that two Part 1 classes were needed.

With the support of both District Leadership and RLI33's Leadership, Salisbury MD will continue to evolve into one of Zone 33's premier sites.

Pictured are [r to l] DG & RLI Faculty Roger Harrell, Part 3 Grads Dr. Phil Allen & Audrey Brody.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Greensboro NC RLI reset to Thomasville NC Venue

The Greensboro NC RLI set for February 10, 2012 has been sited at Davidson County Community College in Thomasville, NC.

The address of this campus of the college is called the "Davidson Campus", and the address is 297 DCC Road, Thomasville, NC 27360, located just off I-85 Business. Click here for a map to the Davidson Campus. The event will be held at the Conference Center. Click here for a campus map showing that site as #14.

For more information contact 7690 District Chair, Bob Newton.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Why $95?

We are often asked "why RLI costs $95 per session?".  The registration fee of $95 is the same in our division as it is in the Sunshine Division and in most Northeast Division locations. Each RLI division sets their own fees, based on their costs and overhead. Our fee has been $95 for several years, having been started at $85 in 2004. As I am sure you can attest, there's not much that has gone down in price since 2004. In 2006 we raised the fee to meet our projected budget, and we have kept it the same since then.  

If you are in a field that requires continuing education, a daily seminar, with meal, will usually run somewhere in the $180-$300 (or more) range. Seldom do those seminars provide different instructors for almost every session. We think that is valuable for our participant's RLI experience! 

Our faculty members are top Rotarians, have committed to significant Rotary and facilitation training, and work free in the RLI setting, donating their time and expertise.     

Generally, here's where the $95 fee goes: 
  • $50 of the fee is for site charges and meals; 
  • $20 is for faculty expense reimbursements for travel, lodging and meals;
  • $15 is for the book and any supplements. 
  • $10 is for registration, faculty training costs and general overhead of the Institute.
There's no such thing as a "free lunch", but your club will benefit from the knowledge, energy and empowerment that RLI provides to its participants. We believe that $95 invested in people will reap great rewards in our clubs, communities and world! That's why we all are Rotarians!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Faculty Technique- Quiz It!

Quizzes are a great way to strengthen learning. Here is an activity from the Brain Friendly Trainer that uses a quiz to reinforce learning in multiple ways.

Ask participants to split into two or three groups. Each step below is an opportunity for participants to use what they’ve learned from the training event.
  1. Ask each group to design a five-question quiz for another group, based on what participants have learned during the training event.
  2. Once groups have created their quizzes, ask them to exchange questions with another group. Each group now should complete the quiz created by the other group.
  3. Have the groups pass the completed quizzes back to the creators, who should now score the results.
  4. If three or more groups are participating, give each group the opportunity to see each group’s questions.
From Rotary Training Talk

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Adamson helps start RLI Turkey Division

If Turkey was to become a member
district of Zone 33 RLI?
Our own Chairman Emeritus of Zone 33 RLI, PRIVP Eric Adamson, has been busy helping RLI get established in Turkey. 

Quoted from the RLI International E-Bulletin: 
RLI is very pleased to welcome the Turkey Division, with 2420 as the initial member district. The Chair of the new division is Past District Governor H. Tahsin Tugrul of Kocaeli, Turkey and the District Governor of District 2420 is Fatih R. Saracoglu of Istanbul. We thank PRID Orscelik Balkan, who serves as an RLI Intl. Regional Vice-Chair and PRIVP Eric Adamson for their assistance in the establishment of the new division.
Great job, Eric!

RLI International on Leadership

"Do not let yourself be tainted with a barren skepticism." 
Louis Pasteur, French scientist (1822-1895)

As a scientist, Louis Pasteur (quote above) was obviously concerned about scientific research with an open mind. Our world history is replete with both scientists and non-scientists rejecting ideas without full consideration or sufficient research. Skepticism can be a valid approach when considering ideas, but not if the ideas are prematurely rejected. 

Younger Rotarians, especially, become very upset when club leaders continually reject their ideas. Good leaders keep an open mind and give careful consideration to all ideas and proposals and spend sufficient time to talk with the proposers. "Barren skepticism" is both anti-scientific and anti-good leadership.

From The RLI International E-Bulletin, Oct 2011.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Faculty Advisory- Important Rotary Foundation Changes

For Faculty facilitating Rotary Foundation courses. Please note the following newly announced changes.  

Effective October 1, 2011, Foundation recognition points will be awarded for all contributions to the Annual Programs Fund, PolioPlus, or the sponsor portion of a Foundation grant. One Foundation recognition point will be given for every dollar contributed to these funds, which can then be extended to others to help them become a Paul Harris Fellow. Donors will no longer need to be a Paul Harris Fellow themselves before Foundation recognition points are awarded.

New and improved reports were made available to club and district officers on the Member Access Portal at
the end of September, including:
• Benefactor Report
• Club Recognition Summary Report
• Donor History Report
• Every Rotarian, Every Year Eligibility Report
• Monthly Contribution Report

Other forthcoming enhancements include new TRF Contribution and Recognition Transfer Request Forms, and additional contribution/recognition reports. Donor recognition processing time and associated costs will also decrease as the benefits of a new system are fully realized.

Implementation of these improvements began recently. As a result you may experience some delays or data inconsistencies with the enhanced contribution and recognition reports to which you are accustomed.

Information provided by RRFC Joe Mulkerrin, Zone 33 TRF News, Oct. 2011.