Sunday, March 29, 2015

Mooresville NC RLI's Happy Rotarians

What a group of happy Rotarians! Pictured above are the recent graduates of the RLI event in Mooresville, NC on Saturday, 28 March 2015. Pictured from left to right are Regional Coordinator PDG Bill Parker, District RLI Chair Alvin Lewis, Joe Grooms, B. Keith Barbee, Brian Hovey, Rick Johnson, Mark Ryman, and District 7680 Governor Ken Dresser

View more photos from the Mooresville NC RLI

Thursday, March 19, 2015

A Great Day at the Duncan SC RLI !

The Spring District 7750 RLI was conducted on Pi Day, March 14, 2015, at the Tyger River Campus of Spartanburg Community College. Attendance was lower than normal, as many District Rotarians felt compelled to celebrate this once in a century date, which was also Albert Einstein’s 136th Birthday. In fact, at 9:26 AM and 53 seconds, there were another five digits of this famous irrational number, which never ends and never has a repeating pattern. 3.141592653. Wow.

Fortunately, none of the 17 enthusiastic participants and six inspiring faculty members felt compelled to celebrate Pi Day until the end of the day. And six new RLI graduates had additional reason to celebrate. The graduates are:
· David Brenner, Greenville Breakfast Club
· Norman Bunn, Rotary Club of Mauldin
· Shalonda Calhoun, Emerald City Rotary Club
· Therese Moore, Emerald City Rotary Club
· Lance Young, Greenville Evening Club and 7750 District Governor Nominee

Thanks to regional coordinator Bill Parker and to faculty members Lorraine Angelino, Becky Faulkner, Gene Moorhead, Georgia Oakes, Rick Snider and David Howard for a great event. Submitted by George Fletcher, D7750 District RLI Chair

Graduates & Staff (L to R): Bill Parker (staff), George Fletcher (staff), David Brenner, Norman Bunn, Therese Moore, Shalonda Calhoun, Lance Young, DG Tom Faulkner. DGN Lance Young and Regional Coordinator Bill Parker are shameless promoting the forthcoming Greenville Evening Duck Derby. Tom is displaying the $100 Emerald City raffle ticket which he just purchased. The Four Way Test says that he will have to report the Chevy Spark on his taxes when he wins.

Emerald City (Greenwood, SC) was well represented with six students and one faculty member. L to R, Prudence Taylor (Part I), Therese Moore (Part III). Les Brown (Part I), Graham Sullivan (Part I), Lorraine Angelino (Facilitator & RLI Board member), Rosemary Bell (Part II) and Shalonda Calhoun (Part III). Thanks, Lorraine. They are headed back to Emerald City’s Annual St. Patrick’s Day bash.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

More Beaver WV RLI Support

Here is another group photo taken at our RLI in Beaver. DG Herb, wife Carol along with District Secretary completed New Faculty Member training course. Nine altogether completed course. Submitted by District 7550 RLI Chair Jim Ferguson

Monday, March 16, 2015

Fairfax VA RLI a Success!

Fourteen Rotarians (pictured below) graduated from the District 7610 hosted RLI event on Saturday March 14th, 2015 in Fairfax, VA. Three clubs had members in all three RLI Parts: Alexandria, North Stafford, and West Springfield! Overall 22 clubs participated bringing the total to 30 of the district 7610’s clubs participating in RLI this year.

There are a few more sessions this year in the Chesapeake area to begin your RLI journey or complete another part – see for most current event listing.

Our Fairfax RLI Graduates- Back Row Standing (Left to Right): Michael Kempton ,
Chuck Reavis (Leesburg), Satish Chauhan (Dulles), Jeffrey Brown (Manassas),
Bob Beach (Fairfax), Peter Knetemann (Alexandria), Howard Manas (Dulles)

Rotarians enjoy Fairfax opening... 

Friday, March 13, 2015

Our RI Board Supports RLI- The History

Click here for the background on the RI Board's support for RLI, including their recent consideration of COL Resolution 13-168. 

Monday, March 9, 2015

Towson MD Class Photos

Rotaractors at Towson MD RLI

Part I Class at Towson MD RLI  

Part II Class at Towson MD RLI  

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Photos: Cary NC RLI Features Over a Hundred Excited Rotarians

Click here for the photos from the Cary NC RLI.  

Thomasville NC RLI Photos Posted

Click here for photos from the February 28, 2015 RLI in Thomasville, NC. Photos courtesy of Van Sherrill.    

Beaver WV RLI in Local News

March 8, 2015. Click here for today's article in Beckley, Metro area regarding the Beaver RLI yesterday. Bluefield Daily Telegraph did the same article in their newspaper but with different pictures of Bluefield and Princeton Rotarians.

Beaver WV RLI's Eager Beaver Rotarians Triumph Over Weather, Set Records!

An "Eager Beaver"
In the 1860s, the community of Beaver, WV was named for the great numbers of beavers abounding in its area creeks. In 2015 "eager beaver" Rotarians descended upon the town to take part in the first RLI held there and the first RLI to be hosted by New River Community and Technical College, in its new Beaver campus. Jim Ferguson, District 7550 RLI Chair said, "We are so excited about this years event being held on the campus of New River Community and Technical College. It’s a beautiful campus and has everything we need to have a successful event. We have a record number of Rotarians registered to take part in our RLI and this will be the first time we will hold training for New Faculty Members." 

Prior to the event, a winter storm blasted the region with a mix of rain, sleet, and 6”of snow on top of the ice. Ferguson and Travis White, RLI Regional Coordinator made the decision to stay on schedule with optimism the weather would break and warm up enough for the highway crews to clear the roads to the site where the RLI would be hosted. It took a lot of work to prepare for the event and with great determination and teamwork we pulled it off said Ferguson. The event turned out to be a huge success with a record number of participants, and set a record for District 7550. Rotarians traveled from three Districts to take part in the event. PDG Sandy Duckworth facilitated nine Rotarians in New Faculty Training. Newer and seasoned Rotarians filled the classroom for Part I, several Rotarians returned from last years' RLI to take the Part II course, and while the numbers were lower for Part III, there were two RLI graduates at the end of the day. PDG Harry Faulk said,”We have had some of the most impressive Rotarians I have ever had the opportunity to work with at this RLI. It took team effort made up of professional facilitators to make this a successful RLI." 

Many thanks to RLI Faculty for the event: PDG Dave Cavender, Don Duckworth, PDG Jon Allen, David Raese, Bill Goad and Bob Stoddard. Having a great venue was made possible by the support of Dr. Marshall Washington and New River Community Technical College. Special Thanks to Jill Holiday, Director of Operations for New River who went the extra mile or should I say miles in getting the facility ready for the RLI. We had all the essential ingredients for an RLI; a great Venue, delicious food and most importantly an outstanding group Rotarian’s (eager Beaver’s) that had the desire to advance their knowledge and understanding of Rotary. Thanks to all who had a role in making this event such a huge success. Article by Jim Ferguson.  

Beaver WV RLI Firsts

District 7550 RLI Chair Jim Ferguson shares his excitement about the very successful RLI in Beaver WV on March 7, 2015, including these "firsts".
  • First RLI in Beaver WV
  • First RLI For New River Community and Technical College
  • Highest registration for a RLI in District 7550, Total of 47 Registered. *Rotarians attended from three Districts
  • Record set for RLI attendance in District 7550
  • First New Faculty Training in District 7550  (9 completed course)
  • 2 RLI graduates

Beaver WV RLI Photos

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

RLI International Cancels São Paulo RLI Breakfast

Announced today, there will be no RLI Breakfast at the São Paulo RI Convention in June 2015. Venue cost was cited as the reason for the cancellation. 

Sunday, March 1, 2015

RLI Thomasville NC Most Enthusiastic Yet!

From the faces one can see we had a most enthusiastic RLI event at Davidson Community College.
It was a beautiful day and a perfect session in every respect.  No doubt all the attendees, including faculty and staff will remember this event as the best ever!  All were certainly inspired to use the experience gained to make Rotary and the world a better place.  Thanks RLI!!!

Past District 7690 Governor Rick Snider was maybe the happiest Rotarian of the day shown congratulating the newest RLI graduates (l to r) Kimberly Cecil from the Rotary Club of Thomasville, Mary Moss from the Rotary Club of Downtown Raleigh (celebrating their 100th anniversary this year) and Karl Milliren also from the Rotary Club of Thomasville.