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.