Friday, December 7, 2012

Bowen Quoted in Rotary Convention Publication

RLI Faculty Member Deborah Bowen of Mooresville NC (D7680) was quoted in this recently released Rotary Convention Update by Rotary International. The blurb: Register for the 2013 RI Convention by 15 December to save up to $100 off the onsite registration fee. Why attend? Deborah Bowen, of the Rotary Club of Top of the Lake-Mooresville, shares her reasons. Bowen attended her first convention in Chicago in 2005 as a centennial club president. “When I saw the flags from all the Rotary countries, I felt a lump in my throat. You had me at the flag ceremony!" Our RLI Faculty are out there- making it happen - in the Rotary World! . Click here for the publication.

RLI International Newsletter Available

Click here for the latest news from around the growing RLI world.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

RLI Gets Rotarians Excited!

Leadership Training Exercise!
Becca Smith, a Part II RLI Participant in High Point last week, shares her excitement at the sharing and comraderie of her RLI class.

Read what Becca has to say about her RLI experience!

Thanks for sharing, Becca!  

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Hickory NC RLI Sees 5 Graduate

Rotary District 7670 held its fall RLI session on November 10 in Hickory NC at the Gateway Conference Center. All three parts were offered and Rotarians were encouraged to take the next level on the following Friday, November 16 in nearby High Point, NC. Nineteen Rotarians registered and five completed part 3. The five graduates are: Greg Dillingham, Asheville Breakfast, D-7670; Ellen Donaldson, Davidson, D-7680; Dirk Lindenbeck, Matthews, D-7680; Joy Rucker,Charlotte Dilworth Southend, D-7680; and Beth Trotter, Mecklenburg County South, D-7680.

Evaluations for the faculty, materials, and facilites were all very good.

Graduates of Part 3 suggested that the April RLI scheduled for Asheville might draw a larger number if it was scheduled with the district conference in Concord.

PDG David Sink
RLI District 7670 Chairman

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Charlotte RLI is a Home Run

The first RLI event in Charlotte, NC was hosted by District 7680 on Friday October 5th. the group was greeted by DG Chris Jones. Over 45 Rotarians participated with representation form Districts 7670, 7680, 7690, and 7750.

The event was held at UNC Charlotte-Center City Building a new modern, hi-tech, high-rise classroom building. Shown on the right are some of the participants assembled on the inside stair way. Many thanks to Jerry Coughter and his staff for welcome us and making the event possible. We have every intention of returning again next year.

RLI Regional Coordinator Karen Shore and District 7680 RLI Chair Alvin Lewis organized the event. Our dedicated faculty included Ken Dresser, Bob Miller, Ed Shearing, Steve Studebaker, Tarek Moneir, Alvin Lewis, Becky Faulkner, and Georgia Oakes.

Many thanks to the participating Rotarians whose involvement make a successful event. Their comments indicated "Fun", Fellowship" and " Sharing of Knowledge and Ideas"

Monday, October 22, 2012

RLI Yoda: How should I time taking the RLI Courses?

Ummmm. The Rotary force is 
strong in this one...
Q. I'm interested in attending these RLI courses. Can you give me an idea of how long the coarse is on a given day? Should one try to cram in all three courses in a few months or should one spread it out over a year or two? I'm assuming you only do 1 part for any given day is that correct? I await your reply. Rtn. Rudy in Roxbury 

A. Dear Rtn. Rudy. Our courses start at 830am with registration, coffee and refreshments and ends at 4:00-4:15pm. How close together you take the courses is personal preference. In my opinion, it is good to take them closer together, so that you have retained more, and can build from the prior class and connections. You are welcome, of course, to take them as they fit into your schedule. I would also recommend taking some courses outside of your district, so that you can be exposed to a new group of Rotarians and differing Rotary ideas! And yes, you can only take one course per day (I, II, or III). RLI Yoda. 

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Bill Orndorff Scholarship Established

A good Rotarian, friend and fellow RLI Faculty Member, Bill Orndorff of the Salem VA Rotary Club passed away suddenly on July 28, 2012. He and his wife Earlene are both involved in the Rotary Leadership Institute, both being exemplary Rotarians.

By action of the Zone 33 Rotary Leadership Institute Board of Directors on August 21, 2012, an RLI scholarship in the memory of RLI Faculty Member Bill Orndorff has been established for the 2012-13 Rotary Year.

The Scholarship will allow a District 7570 Rotarian of the Governor's choice to attend any one RLI session in Zone 33 RLI. The recipient should be a prospective or current Rotary club leader who you think would benefit from connecting with his peers and learning more about the opportunities for service available in Rotary.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

New Charlotte NC RLI Event Approved

By popular demand from Charlotte NC area Rotarians, RLI has approved a new course location in that city on the schedule for 2012-13.

On Friday, October 5, 2012 the Charlotte NC RLI will be held on the campus at UNC Charlotte, at the Center City Building, 320 E. 9th Street, Charlotte NC 28202. See the schedule for more information on this event. The District 7680 RLI Chair is PP Alvin Lewis, and the RLI Carolinas West Regional Coordinator is PDG Karen Shore.

RLI Faculty Bill Orndorff Passes

RLI Faculty Member Bill Orndorff passed away suddenly last week. His wife, Earline, also serves as RLI Faculty and was the Mountain - Valley Regional Coordinator Last Year.

Our condolences to the Orndorff family. See the Memorial here.  

Lower RLI Course Fees Announced

The RLI Board approved a course registration fee change for the 2012-13 RLI year at their July 29, 2012 meeting. Beginning with the September 8, 2012 Morgantown WV RLI going forward, the following course fees will apply:

Part I -$95.00

Part II - $85.00

Part III - $75.00

The online registration has been amended to reflect this fee reduction. The Board lowered the rates in light of the solvent financial position of RLI and to encourage Rotarians to complete all three RLI courses. 

Monday, July 30, 2012

RLI Management Team Appointed

RLI Executive Director Bevin Wall announced July 29, 2012 at the RLI Summer Meeting the members of the RLI Management Team for 2012-13.
PDG Roger Harrell

PP Bob Stinson
PDG Roger Harrell of Cambridge, Maryland joins the Management Team as the Administration Chair and will oversee the basic functions of the Institute including technology & financial.

Board Member PP Bob Stinson of Shallotte, North Carolina is Events Chair and will head up the Events Committee including the Regional Coordinators and District Chairs.  

PDG Karen Shore
PDG Karen Shore of Mooresville, North Carolina is the Promotions Chair and will head up the Promotions Committee of the Institute. She also serves as RLI Regional Coordinator.
PP Pam Wall 

The Management Team includes the board-appointed Faculty Trainer, PP Pam Wall, as head of the Faculty Committee, including Assistant Trainers.

Vote of Thanks Extended to Duckworth and Wilson

On July 29, 2012, the Zone 33 RLI Board of Directors extended a Vote of Thanks to transitioning Board Members, PDG Sandra Duckworth of Fredericksburg, Virginia and PDG Bill Wilson of Statesville, North Carolina. Both were recognized with Board Commendations on the Sunday of the Summer Meeting.

PDG Bill Wilson
Wilson rotates off the Board after serving 2 consecutive terms. He served as Board Secretary and was integral in guiding the organization into its current database and registration system. He is a former RLI District Chair and Regional Coordinator. He will continue to work with the Institute this year as Event Auditor.

PDG Sandy Duckworth receives
commendation from Chair Abe Clymer 
Duckworth stays on the Board as Immediate Past Chair (ex-officio) after completing a full term on the Board. She has served as an Assistant Faculty Trainer, and was key in improving the financial accountability system and transparency of the organization.

New Board & Chair Take Office

New Board Chair, Abe Clymer
The 2012-13 Zone 33 RLI Board of Directors met on July 29, 2012, welcomed several new faces, and made leadership selections for the year.

PDG Abe Clymer of Harrisonburg, Virginia was unanimously selected as Chair of the Institute. He is a 1990-2000 Past District Governor of District 7570, Western Virginia & Tennessee, and was involved with the earliest stages of RLI in that district, as well as subsequently serving as District Chair and RLI Regional Coordinator for the (now) Mountain-Valley Region encompassing Virginia and West Virginia. He has served as a Training Leader internationally for RLI and has served in training capacities at all levels of Rotary, including International Assembly Training Leader and as GETS Trainer. He is a current Assistant Rotary Coordinator.

The Board also selected PDG Sue Poss as Board Vice Chair, and PDG Rich Waugh as Board Secretary, both from South Carolina.

The Board reappointed RLI Executive Director PDG Bevin Wall, Faculty Trainer PP Pam Wall, and Treasurer PP Stanley Cahn. All three are annual appointments and sit as Ex-Officio members of the Board.

New Board Members by Class were welcomed. PDG Dave Cavender of Morgantown, West Virginia was elected in January to fill the unexpired term of PRIVP Eric Adamson (2012-2014), and PP Bob Stinson of Shallotte, North Carolina and PDG Abe Clymer joined the Board to serve full terms (2012-2015). Click here for the full list of RLI leadership positions.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Faculty & Staff Train at Summer Meeting

Faculty Trainer Pam Wall engages
the faculty with Hexagonal thinking  
Over 55 Zone 33 RLI Faculty and Staff trained for the upcoming 2012-2013 RLI Season during the 2012 RLI Summer Meeting in Cary, NC, July 27-29, 2012.

Faculty received updates on the new RLI Curriculum being implemented in September, including the new "Curriculum Spiral", and additionally heard insights from faculty trainers on vocational service courses, the membership curriculum, and engagement techniques.

Staff had "hands-on" computer training and worked ont e success promotion and implementation of the over 20 scheduled events for the year.

9 New Faculty received accreditation during the session, and were pinned with their RLI Faculty Pin.

Hear the buzz in the the following video clip. See the Zone33RLI You Tube Page for more videos from this training!

Friday, July 20, 2012

RLI Summer Meeting News

The RLI Summer Meeting is only 1 week away. Excitement is building for this event and the upcoming RLI year!

There are currently 46 registrants for the event. However, we would love to have you! For that reason we are extending registration through Monday, July 23. Sign up here. Food, Fun & Fellowship!

We NEED excited Rotarians who want to be involved with the institute, whether as faculty, administrators, or promoters!

The draft event agenda is also available here.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

RLI International Bulletin Available

Click here for the latest RLI International Bulletin. Highlights include:

  • Revised Curriculum Posted for 2012-15
  • French RLI Chair appointed RI Director
  • More Bangkok RLI Banquet insights
  • New Divisions Join
  • Some Divisions of RLI are in Merged Districts
  • RLI Training Team News- Finland, Peru, France, Canada

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Ashville, NC RLI

The April 28 District 7670 RLI in Fletcher, North Carolina, was well received by Rotarinas in all three levels.  Eleven graduates highlighted the day.  They are: Rahat Ahmed (Hickory Sunrise), Chuck Morton (Simpsonville), Christopher Bacola (Mooresville Lake Norman), Peter O'Reilly (Davidson), Mike Jukofsky (Hilton Head Island), Melissa Pennscott (Bryson City), Donna McCubbin (Clemson), Sheila Price (Franklin Daybreak), PDG Ed Walcoff  (Asheville West), John Walker (Aiken Sunrise) and Ron Winecoff (Franklin Daybreak). Many of the graduates expressed interest in signing up for RLI faculty training.

Faculty members who worked with Regional Director PDG Karen Shore and District 7670 RLI Chair PDG David Sink were: Ken Dresser, Bob Newton, Steven Studebaker, Bob Stinson, Ed Shearin, Billi Black, and Van Sherrill.  All faculty members received very high evaluation marks from the participants in all three parts.

The Clarion Inn Airport in Fletcher, NC was an excellent facility and will be used again for the April 20, 2013 RLI.  The next District 7670 RLI session will be September 22, 2012 in Hickory, North Carolina at the Gateway Conference Center.

See Pictures above.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

RLI Activities at the International Convention - Bangkok

As always, RLI officers and members will have a busy time during the Rotary International Convention in Bangkok, Thailand. Here are some activities:

  •  MAY 5 RLI Exhibit Booth #100 opens in the House of Friendship. All Convention Goers are Invited to visit the booth to talk with RLI officers. RLI brochures and other materials will be available.
  •  MAY 7 afternoon -RLI Senior Officers will be available for meetings with any Rotarians interested in learning more about the RLI program. Current divisions are also invited to such meetings to discuss any items of concern. THOSE WISHING TO SCHEDULE A MEETING SHOULD CONTACT RLI International Chair David Linett at . If necessary some meetings may also be held on Tuesday, May 8 afternoon.
  • MAY 9 7:15 a.m.  (doors open at 7:00 a.m.) ANNUAL RLI CONVENTION BREAKFAST AT THE ROYAL JUBILEE BALLROOM FOYER AT THE IMPACT CONVENTION CENTER. THE PRINCIPAL SPEAKER WILL BE DR. ROBERT (BOB) SCOTT OF CANADA, PAST CHAIR OF THE ROTARY FOUNDATION TRUSTEES, CURRENT CHAIRMAN OF THE INTERNATIONAL POLIO PLUS COMMITTEE AND PAST R.I. VICE PRESIDENT. FOR REGISTRATION INFORMATION, SEE THE HOME PAGE AT The Breakfast cost of US$ 25.00 per person may be paid by credit card online or by a check drawn on a US bank (see above website home page). No tickets will be sold at the door, but "paid tickets" may be picked up at the Exhibit Booth or at the door. For questions contact the Breakfast Chair, PDG Michael Rabasca at The RLI Annual Report will be distributed at the Breakfast. Language tables will be available on request to PDG Rabasca.

Friday, April 6, 2012

ATTENTION. RLI Goes to the Citadel

District 7770 District Chair Ellison Smith and his committee, Raffia Smith, Julia Boyd, and Angela Black-Drake, provide a very different RLI event for us in Charleston SC on February 24th and 25th. Not only did we have a excellent RLI event at the Citadel on Saturday, but there were a number of other social events, both on Friday and Saturday. The event not only drew 58 Rotarians from both South and North Carolina, but a number of spouses who joined in the fun of visiting the wonderful town of Charleston. Read More. Contributed by RLI Regional Coordinator, Bob Stinson.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Norfolk VA RLI a Success

The Norfolk VA RLI held March 24, 2012 was deemed highly successful by organizers and participants alike. 

All three sessions of the Institute were held at Virginia Wesleyan College in District 7600, Norfolk, Virginia. Forty-six Rotarians participated. There were sixteen Graduates, and certificates were presented by PDG and District 7600 Chair Jayne Sullivan to each graduating participant. The event was coordinated by Zone 33 RLI Regional Coordinator Bob Stallworth. Photos in the embedded video were taken by Kim Garey, one of the facilitators, as was a group photo with current District 7600 Governor Jim Bynum.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Asheville NC RLI Location Change

The Asheville NC RLI scheduled for April 28, 2012 will be held at the Clarion Inn- Airport, 550 Airport Road,  Fletcher NC, which is halfway between Asheville and Hendersonville off of Hwy 26. This facility was previously a Holiday Inn. Click here for a Mapquest link that includes directions and a hotel link. Contact 7670 RLI District Chair David Sink if you have any questions. 

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Purchase RLI Bangkok Breakfast Tickets

Click this link for one click instructions for the RLI Breakfast held in conjunction with the RI Convention in Bangkok, Thailand.

Monday, March 19, 2012

RLI Tabletop Displays Available for Events

Attractive RLI tabletop displays are available for promotional use at district conferences, assemblies, RLIs or other events. The displays are being provided to RLI District Chairs.

The displays have recently been exhibited before 600 Rotarians at Carolinas' PETS in Greensboro, NC, before 900 Rotarians at the District 7570 Conference at The Homestead, Hot Springs VA, and at the D7750 South Carolina Conference (pictured above).

Thanks to 7530 District Chair Mike Ellington for production and shipping and RLI Board Member Rich Waugh (D7750), 7570 District Chair Ned Lester, RLI Board Chair Sandra Duckworth, and PDG Bill Pollard (D7600), and everyone else assisting with the promotions committee for this effort.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Emphasize Combined Wisdom

As a way to emphasize the skills, knowledge, and experiences of your participants, consider doing this “combined wisdom” icebreaker from

On a flip chart at the front of the room, list each participant’s years of experience, and add up the numbers. Then, when talking about the key challenges facing the group in regard to the training or the topic to be discussed refer to the group’s combined years of experience and shared wisdom. Begin to test their ability to respond to the challenges. Refer to this number throughout the session as you develop action suggestions for participants to take away. From Rotary Training Talk. 

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Mooresville NC RLI an Exciting Day for Rotarians

Mooresville RLI Graduates with RLI
Regional Coordinator Karen Shore
(more pictures below)
It was a beautiful day in downtown Mooresville, NC where RLI participants and faculty members gathered at the new Mitchell Community College facility. With 19 part one and 11 part two Rotarians from Districts in NC, SC and Virginia, the event was energized by outstanding interaction, good food, and learning.

Thanks to faculty members Deborah Bowen, Ken Dresser, Mark Markanda, Bob Newton, Alvin Lewis, Raymond Raedy, and Karen Shore.

Special congratulations to our Part III participants, who graduated at the conclusion of the session: Branden Chopelas of Union West, Tim Matthews of Surry Sunrise, Jerry McGuire of Matthews, and Gene Stewart of Charlotte International Rotary Clubs.

Article by Western Carolinas RLI Regional Coordinator, Karen Shore. 

Gene Stewart of the Charlotte
International NC RC poses
with his new RLI Graduate
Branden Chopelas of the Union West NC RC receives
her graduation certificate from Western Carolinas'
Regional Coordinator Karen Shore

Jerry McGuire of Matthews NC RC graduates!

Tim Matthews of Surry Sunrise NC RC
is pinned as a RLI Graduate

Pictures from the Thomasville NC RLI

Regional Coordinator Karen Shore
presents Allen Rembert, from the
Greensboro Summit Rotary Club with
his graduation certificate  

Christie Smith (Asheboro RC), Leroy
Stokes (Greensboro RC), Diane Winnemuller
(Randolph RC), and Daniel Beckman
(Mecklenburg Co.-South RC) enjoy
a Part I Roundtable Discussion! 

Kim Cecil, Karl Milliren, and Toni Underwood
of the Thomasville RC and Zack Engle of
Greensboro Summit RC are having FUN
in their Part I course on Membership. 

Linda Brown (Cabarrus RC), Lori Tackitt
(Yadkin Valley RC), and John Foster
(Greensboro Summit RC)  enjoy planning
their Service Project in Part I. 

"Moe" Mulhall (Union West RC), Allen
Rembert (Greensboro Summit RC),
and Sam Troy (Greensboro RC)  discuss
Rotary's Six Areas of Focus for Service
during a Part III session.
Tara O'Brien (Clemmons RC), Beth Sheffield
 (Gate City RC), Thomas Orr (Clemmons RC)
and Brooks Haworth (Greensboro Summit
RC) work on their Part I project idea.   

Saturday, February 4, 2012

RLI Breakfast Tickets Available for Bangkok

The Annual RLI Convention Breakfast meeting tickets may be ordered now. The Breakfast flyer has been posted on the RLI Website at and contains instructions for ticket purchases at US$ 25.00 per person through an online credit card transaction or by mailing a check drawn on a USA bank.

The event will be held on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 7:15 a.m. at the Bangkok Impact Convention Center, Royal Jubilee Ballroom Foyer. Tickets will be provided up to the 500 seat capacity of the room and early purchases are highly recommended in light of the very large attendance expected at the Convention. The principal speaker will be Dr. Robert (Bob) Scott of Canada, past Chair of The Rotary Foundation Trustees, Past R.I. Vice-President, and current Chair of the R.I. International Polio Plus Committee

Annandale VA RLI Now Set in Fairfax Venue

The RLI scheduled for Annandale VA on March 17, 2012 has been been changed to a new venue at George Mason University, Fairfax, VA. Directions can be accessed from the RLI Fairfax VA Registration Page, or off the "directions" link on this page.

FAQ: What is the International RLI?

The International RLI is the umbrella organization that coordinates the activities of RLI worldwide. It is NOT a division, but provides resources and support to all divisions. All divisions are created by agreement with International RLI and the divisions are subject to the general policies of International RLI. Until about 2001, both the Home Division activities (now the Northeast America Division) and national and international matters were handled by the Home Division, but at that time the functions were divided and the International RLI was created as a separate entity. The International RLI develops recommended New Division Training and a Recommended Curriculum. Excerpts from The RLI E-Bulletin February 2012. 

Special Events at Charleston SC RLI

Cadets on Parade at The Citadel
The Charleston SC RLI on February 25, 2012 is a special event on its own, but in addition to the inspirational sessions and fantastic fellowship, the Charleston RLI Committee has some fantastic "extras" they are offering to make the weekend truly unforgettable for you, your significant other, and your family. We hope you can join us for an exciting weekend!