Monday, December 9, 2013

Rotarians Excel at Fredericksburg VA RLI

District 7610 (Northeast Virginia) hosted a Rotary Leadership Institute training event on Nov 16th, 2013 in Fredericksburg to wrap-up their Fall 2013 RLI event schedule. Nineteen of the district’s clubs sent 43 participants and 9 facilitators/staff to the event which was also attended by 9 Rotarians from Districts 7570, 7600, and 7620. A very big thanks to Ken Tillman and his Rappahannock-Fredericksburg club support for setting up the venue, catering, and handling the registration table!

Eleven District 7610 Rotarians from eight clubs graduated from the series of three one-day “parts” by completing the Part III course this fall: Crystal City-Pentagon: Eric Barr, Andrew Provo, Renee Wolforth; Fairfax: Paula Kelley (Completed at the Richmond Event Nov 2nd); Falls Church: Erica Brouilettte; McLean: Robert Hahne, Paul Sawtell; Rappahannock-Fredericksburg: C. Lewis Taylor; · Rosslyn-Ft Myer: Fayez Saleeb; Springfield: Pat Locke; West Springfield: Steve Cook (who especially enjoyed the course as a participant after having facilitated so many sessions!).

Three other Rotarians from Districts 7570, 7600, and 7620 also graduated from the course on November 16th: Club President Debra Morfit, Front Royal Club, District 7570; Rudy Garcia, Fluvanna Rotary Club, District 7600; Mike Smith, Clarksville Rotary Club, District 7620.

The District 7610 RLI staff was very excited to have the first ever participant from the Gloucester Club when Steve Wood attended Part I at Fredericksburg. Four other clubs that do not have any graduates sent participants this fall: Albemarle, Blue Ridge Mountains, King George-Dahlgren, and Manassas. We hope these clubs will have their first RLI graduates soon! Two clubs from Arlington County participated in all three parts this fall: Crystal City-Pentagon and Rosslyn-Ft Myer! During the past two months, eleven District 7610 Rotarians also attended RLI events in Beltsville and Wye Mills, Maryland as well as Richmond and Harrisonburg, Virginia. 

Overall, 24 clubs participated in RLI activities this fall: Albemarle – Parts I and II Participation; Bailey’s Crossroads – Part II participation; Blue Ridge Mountains – Part II participation; Bull Run – Part II participation. 

Average Attendance at RLIs Up 48 Percent

A point of emphasis and measurement this year is event average attendance. After highlighting this as a measuring tool during the Summer Meeting in August 2013, RLI Events Coordinator Bob Stinson reports that we have seen improvement. Congratulations RLI Staff and District leaders! Here are the numbers.
  • 2012/13 Average Event Attendance – 26
  • 2012/13 Fall Average Event Attendance- 21
  • 2013/14 Fall Average Attendance – 31 ( 48% Increase from the Fall of last year)

Pictures from Pinehurst NC RLI

Photos by Rtn. Ed Shearin

Pinehurst NC RLI Part of a Three Event Approach in District 7690

Pinehurst RLI Participants Engage in Rotary!
November 22, 2013 marked the first of three District 7690 RLI sessions scheduled for the 2013-14 Rotary year. Hosted by the Sandhills Community College in Pinehurst NC, this session was the first in efforts to move the RLI sessions around the district geographically, in order to bring them closer to home for Rotarians throughout the district, and to closer to our neighboring districts as well.

Attendance was relatively light. Nine Rotarians participated in Part I and four others completed Part III and are now graduates. Two others in Part II rounded out the participant group. Many thanks to Rotarians Milt Iossi, Randy Hollister, Ed Shearin, Jim Harrington, Van Sherrill, Sherry Harris and Bob Stinson who served as faculty, and to Western Carolinas' Regional Coordinator Bill Parker. Speaking of faculty, RLI Executive Director Bevin and RLI Faculty Trainer Pam Wall were also present and conducted faculty training for four new faculty. The next District 7690 RLI will be in Thomasville, NC in February. Submitted by District 7690 RLI Chair Bob Newton. 

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Virginia's RLI One-Two Punch ends up in Richmond!

Pictured are RLI Regional Coordinator George Tyson,
RLI Graduates Karnes, Yeargin, Hasbrouck, York, Steele,
Feltman, Kelley, and District Chair Cap Neilson.
It was a busy weekend for the Rotary Leadership Institute staff, faculty and participants in the State of Virginia this past weekend. After a great RLI in Harrisonburg on Nov. 1, the next day saw RLI move to Richmond for some great interactive sessions.  

Thirty-eight Rotarians attended the RLI session held at Richmond's Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) on November 2, 2013. Part I consisted of two separate classes of 11 and 12 respectively, and Part II had eight students while Part III has seven students.

Graduating from the program were Linda Doland (RC of Chesapeake), Laura Feltman (RC of James City County), Christine Hasbrouck (RC of Blackstone), George Karnes (RC of Linden, VA), Paula Kelley (RC of Fairfax), Jay Steele (RC of Innsbrook), Kevin Yeargin (RC of The Virginia Peninsula) and Wes York (RC of Innsbrook).

Facilitators were Hayward Hull (D-7610), Bob Stallworth (D-7600), Jim Probsdorfer (D-7600), Colleen Bonadonna (D-7610), Kim Garey (D-7600), Steve Cook (D-7610) and Bob Stinson (D-7730).

This was the first time that the event had been held at VCU's School of Business and the facilities were excellent. "We really appreciate VCU accommodating us for this event. It is a great venue and they were very helpful and cooperative," said Regional Coordinator George Tyson. Article by D7600 RLI Chair Cap Neilson

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Harrisonburg RLI Held on November 1, 2013

Faculty Member Janet Brown facilitates
a course at the Harrisonburg VA RLI
Twenty-eight Rotarians attended the RLI session held at the National College in Harrisonburg on November 1, 2013. Parts I and II were fairly full. Because of low numbers those signing up for Part III were encouraged to attend the RLI session in Richmond the following day.

District 7570 expects all Presidents-elect to attend at least Part I before they assume office as president of their club. The district provides a stipend to attend and RLI session to all incoming presidents.

The next RLI program scheduled in District 7570 will be on February 1, 2014 in Blacksburg, Va. This venue usually draws from 40 to 50 Rotarians.

The following RLI faculty members taught in Harrisonburg: Don and Sandy Duckwork, Eric Adamson, Steve Cook, David Cavender, Tarek Monier, Janet Brown and Rosemary McDowell. Article by D7570 RLI Chair Ned Lester.  

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Wye Mills RLI in Photos

(From top left, clockwise) D7620’s G String DGE Bill, DG  Peter & DGN Ken; DG Dan Houghtaling & DG Peter Kyle with AG Ted Doyle;  G String 7630 --DGN Rob, DGE Jen, DG Dan; Ocean City’s President David Blair & new Rotarian Margaret Mudron; (bottom) Lunch Group PDG Roger Harrell & RVC George Tyson;  animated lunch discussion led by DGN Ken Solow;  RLI Lunch group

Wye Mills MD RLI: Bringing Rotarians Together!

The first ever RLI in Wye Mills MD was a big success with participants from 3 Districts and 2 District Leadership Teams. Rotary District 7630 (Maryland’s Easter Shore and Delaware) hosted an RLI for the first time at Chesapeake College in Wye Mills near the Chesapeake Bay on the beautiful Maryland Eastern Shore. The central location of this new venue attracted Rotarians from District 7620 (Central Maryland), 7610 (Northeastern Virginia) as well as District 7630.

The entire leadership team or “Governor String” from two districts participated. From host District 7630, Governor Dan Houghtaling completed Part III and is now an RLI graduate, Governor-Elect Jen Reider facilitated topics in all three RLI Parts, and Governor-Nominee Rob Hemmen completed Part II. From District 7620, Governor Peter Kyle and Governor-Nominee Ken Solow completed Part II and Governor-Elect Bill Fine graduated from RLI by completing Part III. In addition to their leaders, District 7620 sent eight other members to the session, all of whom had completed Parts I or II two weeks earlier at the Beltsville, MD RLI. Five members of District 7610 attended Parts I or II, four from the same club: Crystal City-Pentagon. The total number of participants was 27: 9 in Part I, 12 in Part II, and 6 in Part III.

The facilitator team came from four Rotary districts. Zone 33 RLI Board member and PDG Dave Cavender came the furthest from Morgantown, WV in D7530. AG Mark Milby came from D7620 while D7610 was represented by PDG Steve Cook and RLI District Chair Hayward Hull. In addition to DGE Jen Reider, D7630 RLI District Chair and PDG Susan Giove and PDG Roger Harrel facilitated sessions. Zone 33 RLI Chesapeake Regional Coordinator George Tyson from D7610 was the overall event coordinator.

A serendipitous effect of the regional coordinator concept and scheduling of RLI’s sequentially in neighboring districts is that Rotarians can complete all three parts of RLI fairly quickly without having to travel great distances. Some of the members who completed Part I in Beltsville MD two weeks ago attended Part II in Wye Mills MD and have already registered for Part III in Fairfax VA. A member who attended Part I in Wye Mills has already registered for Part II in Fredericksburg VA. Several others stated that they intended to register for nearby sessions coming up in November. We have always had some people doing this but the district chairs – and leaders - in Districts 7600, 7610, 7620, and 7630 have been publicizing the dates of RLI’s in all four districts as well as District 7570 and we are seeing the effect in cross-district registrations.
Photo (courtesy of DG Peter Kyle): Facilitator and PDG Roger Harrel, Regional Coordinator George Tyson, Graduates Ion Ileanu, 7630 DG Dan Houghtaling, 7620 DGE Bill Fine, Marie Calafiura, Clifton Harcum, Facilitators PDG Steve Cook, AG Mark Milby, DGE Jen Reider.  Missing: Graduate Max Hutsell, Facilitators PDG Dave Cavender, PDG Susan Giove, 7610 RLI Chair Hayward Hull.

November 2013 RLI Newsletter Available

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Our Condolences to the Family of Faculty Member Kay Gresham

DGE Kay Gresham
It is with a sad heart that I report to you the passing of RLI Faculty Member and District 7730 District Governor Elect Kay Gresham. She passed away last night at Duke University Hospital in Durham, where she had been for some major medical problems. The funeral will be at 2 pm Sunday, November 3, 2013 at the Trinity United Methodist Church, 301 Marine Blvd, Jacksonville, NC. Please keep her husband and Rotarian John in your prayers. 

John requested that in lieu of flowers, that you make a donation to: Sponsor for Academic Talent, PO Box 233, Jacksonville, NC 28541. Kay, her bright smile and the way she lit up a room will be sorely missed by all.    

Monday, October 28, 2013

New RI Discussion Group for RLI

R.I. has started discussion groups on their new web site. As of this date, the ROTARY LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE/RLI discussion group has 80 members and is growing. We ask that all division chairs join the group on My Rotary and encourage their other division and district leaders to do so. The goal is quality discussion that may lead to continued improvement in the RLI program. All Rotarians are welcome to join the group and participate in the discussions. This is a great opportunity for all RLI members (and others) to express their opinions on all relevant issues. Reprinted from the RLI - International Newsletter. 

Duncan RLI holds Great Event!

From L to R:  PDG / Regional Coordinator Bill Parker,
 7750 DG Lorraine Angelino, Gene Moorhead, 
Linda Bailey, PDG Isaac Shaffer, Brian Brewer and 
PDG / District RLI Coordinator, George Fletcher.
The second annual District 7750 Rotary Leadership Institute was held at the Spartanburg Community College in Duncan, SC on October 26, 2013. There were 14 Rotarians in Part I I, 8 in Part II and 4 in Part III. District 7750 Governor Lorraine Angelino welcomed the students, facilitated two classes and pinned the graduates.

Rotary Regional Coordinator for RLI, and George Fletcher, District 7750 Coordinator, offered their sincere thanks to the faculty for giving up a day to attend the event. The faculty were: DG Lorraine Angelino, PDG Bruce Baker, PAG Raffaele Beltram, PDG Becky Faulkner, PAG Alvin Lewis and Past Club President Bert Strange.

They also thanked the 26 Rotarians who invested a day to further their Rotary knowledge and congratulated the four newest graduates of the program shown above.

Closing ceremony.  Front row L to R:  Gene Moorhead, PDG Isaac Shaffer and Rotarian Babette Sabia.  Second row:  PDG Isaac Shaffer, Travis Elmore and Edgar Francis.  Third row:   Bert Strange, Stephen Yacobi and Nancy Eichstadt

PDG and Rotary Regional Coordinator Bill Parker, his wife (and recent RLI graduate) Barbara, and Facilitator Alvin Lewis.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Photocollage: Morgantown WV RLI

(top) RLI Graduates pose with D7530 Governor Mike Ellington (r) and RLI Mountain-Valley
Regional Coordinator Travis White; (2nd row, l-r) PDG Ranjit Majumder pins wife Indira;
new graduate Michelle Wolford gets pinned; and the same for graduate David Raese;
(bottom row)  graduate Russell Koon is recognized as Travis White looks on.   

Monday, October 21, 2013

District 7720 Sets RLI Enrollment Record

District 7720 Governor
Brenda Shaw supports RLI!
Largely rural District 7720 set its record for RLI enrollment with 47 students attending the September 21 Greenville NC session. That was almost three times the participants from the previous year. According to District Trainer Mary Vincent, “this was the result of commitment at the top levels of the district to get all President Elects and all President Nominees trained before they take office.”

Current DG Brenda Shaw took on the challenge more than a year before she was installed as Governor. She worked closely with then DG Nominee Lee Adams to make the push for RLI training for all potential and current leaders. This was emphasized in the March PETS training with both Brenda and Lee encouraging President Elects and President Nominees to complete participate in RLI training. That was followed by dozens of emails, telephone calls, and other gentle reminders about the relevance of RLI training to being an effective leader at both the Club and District levels.

Increasing the number of participants was only half the task. Receiving quality training in an atmosphere conducive to learning and the sharing of ideas were the other vital elements. The training of faculty and the curriculum established are the products of Bevin and Pam Wall, and they are second to none. The faculty assigned were experienced and well trained by the Zone 33 RLI leadership with the curriculum designed to maximize participant interaction with each other. Pam Wall’s philosophy is that more can be learned by the sharing of experiences and concerns than can any lecture. It made for lively classes and raised areas of concern that were relevant and meaningful to the participants. The experience of the faculty – most of who are past District Governors – also added to the quality of program.

Finally, the administrative side, often overlooked, showed what good planning can do to enhance the experience. The electronic registration process was relatively easy for participants, the facility arranged by Rotarian Dr. David Lusk was superb, and the leadership and attention to detail provided by Zone 33 Regional Coordinator and PDG Mack Parker all helped to guarantee the smooth processing of the attendees. Both Parker and Vincent emphasized the importance of flexibility and service to those attending to overcome the inevitable problems that arise.

DG Brenda Shaw is aware of the large drop off between the first and second parts of RLI training and she is not about to let that continue in District 7720. The District leadership will follow up with more calls, emails and other communications urging the attendees to complete all three training sessions and become better leaders in the District. And DGE Lee Adams will make sure the success in 2013 will continue into the future. As DGE Lee put it: “A strong and effective training program makes the District better and Rotary stronger.” Article by RLI District Committee Member Jim Findley.  Click here for event photos.

Past RI Vice President Audenart: Use RLI to Engage Members!

PRIVP Monty Audenart
Monty Audenart, PRIVP and Trustee, Past Chair of the R.I. Membership and Retention Committee
What can your Rotary club do to enhance membership retention? One of the most important things a club can do is to open up the world of Rotary to every new member. THE GOOD NEWS is that Rotary International is arguably the greatest worldwide organization of business, professional and community leaders, engaging in unbelievable service projects to help alleviate the most critical problems affecting the peoples of the world. THE BAD NEWS is that most Rotarians do not know much of anything about the world of Rotary outside their own clubs. 

What to do? RLI has adopted a new effort to encourage every Rotary club to send every new member to a RLI Part I course during their first year of membership. Why? Through education, RLI creates enthusiasm for Rotary and motivates members to help strengthen their clubs. If new members are not enthusiastic about Rotary within a year, chances they will leave are greatly increased. The rate of loss of new members is enormous and unnecessary. We MUST do something about it. Send each new Rotary club member to RLI Part I during the first year! Let's attack the retention problem now so we can increase our efforts for a better world and its peoples.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Morgantown WV RLI Celebrates a Birthday!

RLI Regional Coordinator Travis White of the Burke VA
Rotary Club, enjoys his October 13 birthday celebration with
his friends at the Morgantown WV RLI  

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Second Annual Charlotte NC RLI a Success!

Charlotte RLI Graduates step up! (from bottom up)
William Woodruff, Barbara Parker, Ring Stafford, 
Jerry Coughter, John Pea, Reinhard von Hennigs
 and Nathaniel Jones.  
The second annual Charlotte NC Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) held on Friday, October 4th, 2013 was fun, successful, exciting and engaging.There were 10 Rotarians participating in the Part l A class; 8 in the Part l B class; 7 in Part II course; and 7 in the Part III course. This makes a total of 32 Rotarians representing over 20 Rotary clubs expanding their Rotary horizons through RLI at this event. We were pleased to have District 7680 Governor Luther Moore, also a RLI graduate, share a few word with the graduates and participate in the graduate ceremony celebrating our seven new graduates. (see picture below, with names)

(L to R) Arthur Lightbody, Bill Parker, Robert Newton, Robert Stinson and Milton Iossi.
front row L to R are: Ed Shearin, Tarek Moneir and Alvin Lewis.( Ed Hamilton, not in picture)
PDG Bill Parker, RLI Regional Coordinator and PAG Alvin Lewis, District 7680 RLI Chair wish to thank our dedicated faculty for their time: PDG Milt Iossi, Tarek Moneir, Ed Shearin, PDG Ed Hamilton, Arthur Lightbody, PDG Bob Newton, Bob Stinson, Bill Parker and Alvin Lewis. Also thanks to all Rotarians that attended this event acknowledging they gave up a work day to attend and learn more about what Rotary is doing around the world and what opportunities they have through Rotary to make this world a better place for everyone. Our special thanks to Jerry Coughter, Executive Director of UNC Charlotte Center City for the use of their great facilities. Jerry is a Rotarian and one of our seven graduates. Ed Shearin, thanks for the pictures as always you do great work. Click here for all the pictures.

Monday, October 14, 2013

A West Virginia Thank You

PDG Ranjit
Rotary Past District Governor Ranjit Majumder of District 7530, encompassing Northern West Virginia, writes the following after the recent Morgantown WV RLI:
I want to thank you [RLI Regional Coordinator Travis White] and the faculty members for conducting the RLI program in District 7530 on October 12, 2013. This program benefits the Rotarians, the Rotary clubs and our District. Yours in Rotary, PDG Ranjit Majumder

Columbia SC RLI Article

Click here for the article posted this week on the Rotary District 7770 website regarding the September 20, 2013 Columbia SC RLI. Thanks to RLI District Chair Harriett Hilton & her team! 

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Virginia Rotarians Hear About The Value of RLI

RLI took center stage at the District 7600 District
Conference in Hampton, Virginia  
Zone 33 RLI Executive Director Bevin Wall addressed the Rotarians of District 7600 (Southeast Virginia) on October 4, 2013 at their District Conference Opening Plenary in Hampton Virginia.

The topic was "A Rotary Value", which included a RLI style facilitated session on the "core values" of Rotary, including "leadership", and a presentation on the "value" of the Rotary Leadership Institute program as compared to leadership training courses in the "for profit" and educational business leadership training field. District Rotarians helped underscore onstage the significant economic and professional training value delivered to Rotarians as a valuable part of their Rotary club membership.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

RLI Int'l E-Bulletin Available

Columbia SC RLI Helps Rotarians be More Engaged!

South University - Columbia SC provided a great venue
for Rotarians to exchange ideas and get ENGAGED!   
Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) is engaging Rotarians to change lives in Rotary District 7770 (East South Carolina). The Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) is a series of fast-paced, interactive, one-day courses offered to refine a Rotarian's leadership skills and increase their base of knowledge in Rotary.

The three newest 7770 RLI graduates are Jamie McDowell, North Charleston Breakfast Club, Terrel Jones, Myrtle Beach Club, and Steve Rayl, Spring Valley Club, (Columbia).
Columbia SC RLI Graduates with Gov. 
Lou Mello & RLI Exec. Dir. Bevin Wall 

Forty four Rotarians attended the Columbia, SC fall event. PDG Bevin Wall, RLI Executive Director and his wife, RLI Faculty Trainer Pam, led a full day’s event for all three parts of RLI as well as a graduate session and faculty training session. Additional Rotarians and RLI graduates serving as faculty were Sandy Brooks, Randy Hollister, Alvin Lewis, Mark Markanda, and Rosemary McDowell. Regional RLI Staff PDG Mack Parker, Bob Stinson, and Stan Kahn, managed operations and set up. 
Rotary District 7730 District Governor Lou Mello with 
RLI Executive Director Bevin Wall in Columbia

The support and presence of District 7770 Governor Lou Mello and Governor Nominee Ron Funderburk strengthened the impact of the sessions. With district leadership behind this program, RLI continues to thrive and prepare Rotarians to be more engaged, more knowledgeable, and more service oriented within their own clubs and areas. Attendees had between 1 and 44 years of membership in Rotary, proving that RLI is valuable to a variety of Rotarians, across ages, years of Rotary experience, and stage of their business or professional life.

The next RLI 7770 event will be Saturday Feb. 22 at the Citadel in Charleston, SC. Those attending may also come on Feb. 21 for a welcoming social and Dutch treat dinner. Dinner and hotel accommodations have been made at the Town and Country Inn in Charleston. Clubs can support RLI through announcing its upcoming programs and helping members attend the event. RLI is an international program and Rotarians may attend the sessions in any location. Additional information may be found at Harriett Hilton District RLI Chair may be reached at or 843 812-7201.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Greenville NC RLI on the Move!

How to Triple Your District's RLI Participation!

District 7720 Governor
Brenda Shaw had a plan!
Gov. Brenda Shaw of District 7720 relates this strategic plan that tripled their district's participation in RLI in the event last weekend: (paraphrasing)
  1. The event was announced as soon as we set the date last year and put on the calendar.
  2. RLI was explained and clubs were given the goal of PE and PN's (minimum) as attendees at RLI during the monthly First Monday Conference Calls held with the 2013-14 Presidents and AG's.
  3. RLI was explained and commitments were requested with the AG's at their annual Training Retreat in February. 
  4. RLI was highlighted at PETS and on the calendar as one of the 3 Fall Events for Club Participation.
  5. RLI was explained at all Club Board Meetings held prior to September 21.
  6. RLI was highlighted at each "Official Visit" talk before clubs prior to September 21. The emphasis was on the value of people from around the Zone coming to share their Saturday with us (including a joke about this being the only Rotary Saturday during football season this year). Mary Holt Vincent actually attended one visit and collected checks on the spot from a club which does not generally attend such functions.
  7. RLI was written about in the monthly district newsletter which is sent electronically to every Rotarian in the district. The article was about this event being "the September Key Monthly Event". 
  8. The RLI District Committee (Mary and Jim Findley) promoted RLI relentlessly at every opportunity including information PMails and telephone calls. This constant and sincere follow-up with clubs "closed the deal" and actually caused the registrations. Thank you, Mack, for your guidance to them.
Irregardless of last year's numbers, with hard work and a plan it is possible to dramatically increase your district's participation in RLI- giving more clubs the tools they need to be successful, strong Rotary clubs and a force in their community!

Fall 2013 RLI 33 Newsletter Available

Hear ye! Hear ye!

Click here for the September 2013 version of the Zone 33 RLI Newsletter.

Thanks to Editor Georgia Oakes for her work on this issue!  

Graduate Course Comments 2013

2013 Columbia SC RLI Graduate Course participants with
DG Lou Mello, proudly display their Rotary History Timeline
A snippet of recent comments from evaluations of the RLI Graduate Course 01- The History of Rotary: How Did We Get Here?  

"Most informative of the RLI sessions I have attended" 

"Timeline did a great job of demonstrating the growth and accomplishments of Rotary from inception up to today."

"[The only] improvement [needed]: More time to expand on the topic - This is important!"

"Timeline was outstanding". 

"Individual readings kept the class moving and allowed for different interpretations of [the] history."

"Truly a collaborative, student enabled course."     

"One of the best!"  

"the best part was the quick overview of history highlights..."

"Good facilitator... [he] warmed up the room quickly"

If you have completed Parts I, II & III of the RLI Curriculum, you are a "Graduate". We encourage you to continue your Rotary journey by taking our Graduate Courses or becoming involved in Faculty or Staff. Check here for Graduate Offerings. Check here for Faculty & Staff opportunities. Or, see the RLI Calendar for more information.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Join the RLI Discussion Group at My Rotary rolled out its new website last month. Included in the new and improved site is a "My Rotary" feature that allows you to personalize your webpage, including joining "Discussion Groups" like "Rotary Leadership Institute/RLI", the official discussion group of RLI International. Wow, and Good Job RI! I encourage you to explore the new website features, and to join and use the "Rotary Leadership Institute/RLI" discussion group. It is an open group, so no permissions are needed to join the group.

An easy step-by-step guide to joining the group:
  1. Go to the RI Website
  2. On top of Home page Click on "My Rotary" link 
  3. You need to register if you have NOT already registered, or "Sign In" if you have already registered
  4. Scroll down at the end ... under "What's New", click on the "Join a Discussion Group" link
  5. In the search box enter "RLI", click "Search"
  6. Select "Rotary Leadership Institute/RLI" (Note: any group under any other name is not the "official" RLI International Discussion Group 
  7. Join the Group
  8. Browse the discussions and engage!

Sunday, August 4, 2013

RLI Faculty & Staff Meet at Summer Meeting

RLI Faculty & Staff in Training at Cary
Zone 33 RLI Staff and Faculty met in Cary, NC at the Hilton Doubletree and Wake Tech West Campus to prepare for the upcoming season of Rotary Leadership Institute events. Click here for photos from the event.

Over 50 Rotarians and guests gathered for the training event that featured separate training tracks for Staff, Existing Faculty and New Faculty (see accompanying New Faculty article), and also featured fun and fellowship with several meals outings and group attendance at the Sheryl Crow concert at the Durham Performing Arts Center on Saturday night.

Saturday Night entertainment - Grammy award winning
artist Cheryl Crow at DPAC
The event started with updates of RLI information on the International and Division levels, including informational on recent Zone 33 RLI Board decisions by Chair Abe Clymer, Executive Director Bevin Wall, and Board members David Cavender and Sandra Duckworth. Faculty Trainer Pam Wall conducted a joint session on Innovations in Adult Learning Theory with information that carried into the weekends sessions.  

The next day, Staff, including 3 new Regional Coordinators, and several new District Chairs, learned the basics of running Institute events, including roles and responsibilities, event management processes, available resources. The group spent several sessions in hands-on training in the Wake Tech West computer lab, led by RLI Executive Director Bevin Wall and Bio update sessions with Ed Shearin. Staff also met by region to discuss work throughts of multi-district event management issues.

Faculty worked on facilitation techniques led by senior RLI Faculty members Barbara Shayeb-Helou (moderator), Van Sherrill, Rxoger Harrill, Mark Lynch, Jerry Fields and Brenda Tinkham.

Sunday included a demonstration and critique of a role playing technique for the Vocational Service/ Ethics Part I Session.

The next Divisional Meeting is scheduled for Cary on January 17-19, 2014. Stay tune to the Division Meetings Page for more information.    

New Faculty Join the Institute

Twelve New Faculty joined the Zone 33 Rotary Leadership Institute Faculty rolls during the August 2-4, 2013 Summer Meeting in Cary, NC. Click here for the article on the Summer Meeting. New Faculty Training was led by RLI Faculty Trainer Pam Wall and Past RLI Board Chair Sandra Duckworth. Joining in the recognition of the New Faculty on Saturday afternoon was RLI Board Chair Abe Clymer and RLI Executive Director Bevin Wall.

OUR NEW FACULTY (l-r) Exec. Dir. Bevin Wall, Past Chair Sandra Duckworth, Julia Phalunas (Morgantown WV), Rosalyn Lester (Blacksburg VA), Sherry Harris (Four Oaks NC), Mike Jallo (Hampton VA), Cap Neilson (Newport News VA), Mary "Boo" Elmore (Chester VA), Chris Hoecke (Bailey's Crossroads VA),  Rick Phalunas (Morgantown WV), Terry Mathias (Charleston WV), Indira Majumder (Morgantown WV), Dana Guthrie (Forest VA), Barbara Snyder (Bailey's Crossroads VA), Adric McDowell (Fairfax VA), Rosemary McDowell (Fairfax VA), Faculty Trainer Pam Wall, and Board Chair Abe Clymer

Friday, July 26, 2013

Summer Meeting Update

Dear RLI Summer Meeting Registrants,

1. Registration Extended: until Monday night, July 29 at midnight. Please call your friends!

2. Homework for All Registrants: NOTE From FACULTY TRAINER Pam: The focus of faculty training for this meeting is going to be examining our role as Trainers in Rotary individually and collectively. To this end, you each have a 'homework' assignment. Please take a few minutes to read the article 'How to Train the Aging Brain' and do a bit of pondering. I'm looking forward to seeing each of you next week and shaking things up! Link:

3. Doublecheck Your Ticket Order for the Concert: the list is below...

We are excited to see you all in Cary. Registration time at the Doubletree is 1:30 pm on Friday!-- 


PDG Bevin Wall
Executive Director 2011-13
RLI Board Chair, 2007-11 
Zone 33 Rotary Leadership Institute

(252) 223-4411

Sheryl Crow Concert

1 Ticket Purchased:

Stanley Cahn
David Cavender
Abram Clymer
JIm Ferguson
Jerry Fields
Susan Giove
Roger Harrell
Hayward Hull
Ranjit Majumder
Terry Mathias
Bob Nelson
Robert Newton
Karen Shore
Brenda Tinkham
George Tyson
Bevin Wall
Pamela Wall
Travis White

2 Tickets Purchased:
Jon Allan
Saundra Brooks
Sandra Duckworth
Mary ELmore
Kay Gresham
Dana Guthrie
Chris Hoecke
Ned Lester
Mark Lynch
Rosemary McDowell

Steven Studebaker

Friday, July 12, 2013

Regional RLI New Faculty Qualification Classes Announced

RLI has announced the following regional New Faculty Qualification Classes available in the Fall of 2013:
The courses all run from 8:30am-4:30pm and include a $50.00 registration fee. Click the event links above for more information and event registration. Click here for the complete event calendar.

The class is the qualifying training to be on the Faculty of the Zone 33 Rotary Leadership Institute. 

Prerequisites include completion of Parts I, II and III of The Rotary Leadership Institute (Graduate status) or comparable vocational and Rotary experience, at the discretion of the RLI Faculty Trainer, contact: Pam Wall at for more information.     

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Wall Presented International Award

RLI Exec. Dir. Bevin
Zone 33 RLI Executive Director and Past Board Chair Bevin Wall was presented the 2013 Outstanding Achievement Award by RLI International during the Lisbon, Portugal Rotary Convention on June 26, 2013. The award recognizes exemplary service for the cause of leadership development for the clubs of Rotary International worldwide.

Wall was integral in pioneering the materials that eventually became the first International RLI Curriculum in 2005, and has since served as Editor of the International RLI Curriculum, webmaster and originator of the RLI Faculty Website, RLI International Training Leader, and on the Curriculum and Legal Committees of RLI International. At the same time, he served as Board Member, Board Chair and now Executive Director of Zone 33 RLI, providing leadership development and training for Rotarians across 15 Rotary districts in the mid-Atlantic states USA and in the Caribbean.
Zone 33 RLI Exec. Dir. Bevin (center)
with Pam and Chairman Abe at the
RLI International Breakfast, Lisbon  

Wall, from Newport, North Carolina, was District Governor in 2002-03, and has served Rotary as RI Membership Zone Coordinator, Regional RI Membership Coordinator and Rotary Coordinator. He is a recipient of the RI Service Above Self Award and The Rotary Foundation's Citation for Meritorious Service.  

The award was presented by RLI International Chair and Founder David Linett and RLI International Vice-Chair for Training, Frank Wargo. Wall was accompanied at the presentation by Zone 33 RLI Chair Abe Clymer and Zone 33 RLI Faculty Trainer, Pam Wall.    

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Sheryl Crow Concert featured entertainment for RLI Summer Meeting

9 time Grammy Award winner Sheryl Crow
Free-spirited, fearless and fierce, Sheryl Crow has garnered nine Grammy® Awards, performed duets with musical luminaries such as Sting and Mick Jagger, released seven studio albums which sold more than 35 million records worldwide, launched her own clothing line Bootheel Trading Co., is a cancer survivor and passionate humanitarian and has performed for President Obama!

RLI has a block of discounted tickets at her Saturday night concert, August 3, 2013 at D-PAC Durham Performing Arts Center, 15 minutes from our hotel venue. Limit 2 per Rotarian. This will be an evening to remember! 

Sunday, May 12, 2013

RLI International News

Click here for the lastest RLI International E-Bulletin. This one has information about RLI related events at the RI Convention in Lisbon, and the recently enacted RLI legislation at the RI COL (Council on Legislation).

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

RLI Fletcher NC Catches the Excitement

The Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) session sponsored by District 7670 was held at the Clarion Hotel in Fletcher, North Carolina on Saturday, the 20th of September. 29 Excited Rotarians participated in the one day event. Substituting for Past District Governor David Sink was PDG Bill Parker, representing the District 7670 and serving as Facility Chair, Registrant, and Facilitator. Substituting for PDG Karen Shore was Alvin Lewis, serving as the Academic Coordinator and Facilitator. The other Facilitators were Georgia Oakes, PDG Mark Markanda, Bert Strange, John Tabor, and Steve Studebaker.

Session I participants were Wayne Bell – Greenwood 7750, Patrick Bradshaw – Waynesville 7670, Carl Brock – Greenwood 7750, Harold Edwards, Jr - Centerville 6920, Belva Evans – Waynesville 7670, Craig Kirkpatrick – Hendersonville 7670, John Lindsay – Aiken 7750, Gene Moorhead – Gaffney 7750, and Maurice (Mo) Scott – Greenwood 7750.

Session I participants were Harry Agnew – Laurens 7750, Brian Brewer – Emerald City 7750. M. Diane Elrod – Seneca 7750, Terrell Jones – Myrtle Beach 7770, John Orolin – Hendersonville 7670, Barbara Parker – Blowing Rock 7670, Isaac Shaffer – Emerald City 7750, Linda Watson – Greenville Evening 7750, and Helen Westmoreland – Seneca 7750

Our RLI Graduates were William Biggers – Weaverville 7670, Wade Cleveland – Pleasantburg 7750, Jim Friar - Summerville Oakbrook Breakfast 7770, Lowell Macher – Seneca 7750, Alberto Meloncelli – Spartan West 7750, Wayne Putman - Summerville Evening 7770, Candace Surkin – Greenville Evening 7750, Karen Ann Wall – Hendersonville Four Seasons 7670, Philip Watson – Greenvillle 7750, Kenneth Nicholson – Sylva 7670 and Joyce Morin – Lancaster 7750. Congratulations Graduates!

RLI News from the RI Council on Legislation

The Rotary International Council on Legislation, Rotary's legislative body, approved Resolution 13-168 on Friday, April 26, 2013, to request the RI Board to consider designating the Rotary Leadership Institute as an RI affiliate or as a structured program of RI. More information will follow on this action, and expected action by the RI Board in the near future. The Resolution was co-sponsored by many districts around the world, including many in the Zone 33 RLI area.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Faculty Focus: Becoming Collaborative without becoming Competitive

Question: How do you become Collaborative without Competitive?

Answer: Collaboration has to flow from a place of generosity, truly believing that a higher tide lifts all boats. Be more concerned with others. Listen instead of talk. Be interested over interesting. To be collaborative we must understand that it’s not about me. It’s not about your organization, your non profit, or your project. It’s about connecting people, not competing. Collaborators are okay sharing their wisdom, their knowledge, their connections, and their networks, because collaboration means working together alongside others. Co-laboring. Building bridges instead of constructing walls. We ... have partnered with those who might be seen as competitors, because we believe in an abundance mentality. When you have an abundance mindset you are more likely to collaborate instead of compete. Avoid the scarcity mentality – the idea that there is only so much to go around.

Shared by Brad Lomenick, the president and lead visionary of Catalyst, the innovative and experiential leadership movement that has been going on for now almost 14 years and is now one of America's most influential leadership movements, with conferences and leadership gatherings all around the US. Brad is also the author of the newly released book, The Catalyst Leader. Click here for his newsletter

If in Lisbon, Join us for the RLI Breakfast

Click here for the details and registration.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Lisbon RLI Breakfast

Any interested Rotarians attending the RI Convention in Lisbon this year are invited to attend the RLI International Breakfast. RI Past President Jonathan Magiyagbe will be the keynote speaker.

Click here for more details and registration information.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Great Idea - a Club RLI "Endowment"

Shared to District 7770 Chair Ellison M. Smith, Jr. by a Rotarian who is soon to complete Level 3. 

The Rotarian, who wants to remain anonymous, just informed Ellison that he is establishing a yearly amount for RLI registrations at the club level with the idea of an endowment for the long term. This will allow his club to automatically send prospective club leaders of their choice to RLI annually, without having to budget the item every year. What a great idea and worth passing on... 

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Feb 23 Charleston SC RLI Graduates

FROM LEFT BACK ROW: Bill Greene, Bob Barton, Andy Kiracole (blue shirt) , 
DGE Lou Mello, Bill Taylor, Jacquelyn Jenkins, Gary Bradham (partially hidden) ,
 Bob Stinson, RLI Zone 33 Events Manager, And Matt Dover.

FROM LEFT FRONT ROW:  Harriett Hilton, Upcoming RLI District  Chair 
with Raffia and Ellison Smith , current RLI District Chairs.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

St. Albans WV RLI Photos

Photos credit Paul Grist and Abe Clymer

Photos from the Mooresville NC RLI

Another successful RLI Mooresville, N.C. Event held on Sat February 16th. which ended with a bang as we had 17 excited RLI graduates (see picture) to receive their pin and certificate as a heavy snow storm was in progress outside.We want to thank District Governor of 7680 Chris Jones for spending the day at this event and participating in the graduating exercise.We also had 5 participates in Part l and 6 in Part ll.

Karen Shore, RLI Regional Coordinator and Alvin Lewis, RLI District Chair want to thank all 28 participates for spending the day meeting other Rotarians, sharing their experience and receiving new ideas , in summary gaining more Rotary knowledge. Also a special thanks to the 7 faculty members (see picture) for their time sharing their knowledge to make this event a success.

RLI Regional Coordinator Karen Shore, District 7680 Governor
Chris Jones and District 7680 RLI Chair Alvin Lewis at the
Mooresville NC RLI on February 16, 2013 

RLI Faculty and Event Staff  celebrate a great day 
(L to R) Raffaele Beltram, Tarek Moneir, Ed Shearin, Georgia Oakes, Bert Strange, 
Barbara Shayeb Helou, Karen Shore, Karl McKinnon, Alvin Lewis

RLI Chair Alvin Lewis with some important paperwork

We are very proud of our RLI Graduates! Congratulations! 
1st row (L to R) Alvin Lewis, Sonny Morton, Stephanie Bradley, Suzanne Amos 
2nd. row (L to R) Brad Morris, Marc Friedland, Sharon Heinrich, Sandy Osborne, Douglas Finney, John Luebke, Karen Shore 
3rd. row (L to R) Chris Jones, Luther Moore, Nicolino Iannelli, David Keith, Tim  Brewer, Brenda Hawkins, Roy Boone, Mike Walker, David Baker 

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Photos from Duncan SC RLI

Faculty Dinner Friday Night

Your RLI Duncan SC Faculty

RLI District Chair PDG George Fletcher with
D7750 DGE Lorraine Angelino. setting the
standard as a RLI Graduate and Faculty Member! 

RLI Regional Coordinator Karen Shore (left), D7750 DGE Lorraine
Angelino (center), and RLI District Chair George Fletcher flank
our new RLI graduates!