Friday, December 16, 2016

West Point VA RLI Graduates 6

District 7610 hosted its first Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) event for Rotary Year 2016-2017 in West Point, VA on November 5th. Six individuals from 7610 and 7600 completed their Part II seminar focusing on key aspect of Club operations.

The next District 7610 RLI event will be on February 11th in Charlottesville, VA. For more information, see the RLI topic link on the left side of the District 7610 web page.

Many Thanks to AG Ron Saunders and Steve Radich who helped set up the event.

Part II participants left to right:  AG Ron Saunders (Gloucester Point),  Engie Mokhtar (Alexandria West), Nadia Mokhtar (Alexandria West), Dana Rieves D7600, Shel Douglas D7600, Rick Harmon D7600, and D7610 RLI Chair Hayward Hull (Herndon).

Monday, October 10, 2016

Charlotte Holds Successful Event Despite Storm

District 7680 RLI Chair Georgia Oakes
& Regional RLI Coordinator Gene Morehead
In spite of the impending threat of bad weather resulting from Hurricane Matthew, 23 eager Rotarians from all around Zone 33 gathered at the lovely LEEDS Gold certified UNC Center City building in Charlotte on Friday, October 7th to complete one of three parts of Rotary Leadership Institute.

District 7680 Governor Tom Smith was there to greet them and encourage them on, and returned to pin the graduates. Sensing the enthusiasm in the room after the sessions were held, Tom asked for a show of hands on who planned now to go to the Rotary International Convention in Atlanta in 2017 and a clear majority of hands shot up!! article & photo by Georgia Oakes & Ed Shearin. 
DG Tom Smith, 7680, congratulating
two graduates, Lee Tabor and Sean
Gautam of the Charlotte Rotary Club.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Morgantown RLI by the Pictures

Click here for pictures from the Morgantown WV RLI on August 27, 2016.  Thanks to PDG Michael Ellington for providing the photos and Ed Shearin for posting them to our Flickr account.   

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Past Board Chair Clymer Passes

Past RLI Board Chair
Abe Clymer 
It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Past Board Chair and charter Faculty member of Zone 33 RLI, PDG Abe Clymer on September 1, 2016. Abe was Board Chair in 2013-2015, and a long time staff and faculty member of the institute. He was among the group of Rotarians in District 7570 that brought RLI to Zone 33 from the Northeast America Division in the late 1990s, paving the way for its adoption as a zone wide program in 2003.

Abe was a Rotary leader by word and action. His talents and friendship will long be missed. Click here for the In Memoriam. Bevin Wall, Zone 33 RLI Executive Director. 

Sunday, June 5, 2016

RLI Summer Meeting with Steve Miller Band

RLI Summer Meeting registration is now open for event dates Friday, July 15, 2016 beginning at 1:00pm through Sunday, July 17, 2016 in the Raleigh-Cary NC area. The event is for New Faculty and Existing Faculty and New and Existing Staff. The venues will include the Doubletree Raleigh Cary, Wake Tech West (Saturday), Friday night included dinner at Tony's Oyster Bar, and legendary RLI Socials!  

Special entertainment (optional) will be the Steve Miller Band on Saturday night.

See the Division & Faculty Meetings Page for more information. Register Now!

Monday, May 2, 2016

Register Now - RLI Breakfast at Seoul RI Convention


Join RLI at its Annual Convention Breakfast on
Wednesday, June 1, 2016
The MVL Hotel Goyang 
10 Minutes Shuttle or 15-20 Minutes Walk to/from the Kintex Convention Center
7:30 a.m.- -9:00 a.m. (Doors open at 7:15 a.m.)
Asian and American full breakfast buffet
USD $28 per person

Principal Speaker will be 
Rotary International President-Elect John Germ

LaPlata MD RLI- Part I & II Classes

A successful day of Rotary learning, sharing and empowerment at our LaPlata MD RLI event on April 29, 2016.
LaPlata MD RLI Part I Class 

LaPlata MD RLI Part II Class 

Ten Graduate at LaPlata, MD RLI

Congratulations to our 10 LaPlata MD RLI Graduates from April 29, 2016!

First Name
Last Name
Rehoboth Beach Sunrise
Rehoboth Beach Sunrise
Southern Harford County
Southern Frederick County
Southern Harford County
Historic Prince Georges County
Historic Prince Georges County
Lexington Park

We also that their clubs for helping encourage them to attend! FANTASTIC!

One Booth, Two Conferences

Steve Hellersperk and a Rotarian getting a chance at the $500 pot!
Photo courtesy Leigh Hudson. 
District 7730 RLI Coodinator Steve Hellersperk put RLI front and center at the recent joint D7710-7730 District Conference in Wilmington. He established his presence with an informative booth, and then offered extras that caught the eye- and the attention- of other Rotarians.

Instead of just raffling off a free RLI course, he did a 1/2 the pot raffle (up to $500) to the winner, and gave a away a book and a print. This created some extra excitement and dynamism, but all the time allowed him to talk up the RLI courses and their benefits! he raised over $1000, gave away $500, put $200 (about) into expenses, and has seed money for next time! Great job, Steve!  

Friday, April 22, 2016

Mooresville NC RLI Enjoys No Ice & Snow!

"W O W"!  No ice or snow; Great facilities (Mitchell Community College); Great "hot" food; Great faculty team and Great attendance (twenty-four) equals a successful RLI Event and that is what we had on Saturday, April 2nd, 2016 at our Mooresville, NC RLI Event. Our past history has shown we have had good attendance for Part III and this year was no exception with nine graduates (see group picture ). In Part II we also had nine Rotarians and Part I had six Rotarians.

We want to thank our Faculty Team for giving up a Saturday for being at this RLI Event to show their passion for Rotary and support the RLI mission to Rotarians in our districts and zone. Faculty were: Kim Adkins; Milton Iossi, Tarek Moneir, Bob Newton, Joe Running, Gene Moorhead and Alvin Lewis.

Listed below are some very interesting notes about this event:
  1. We had one DGND in Part I, David Hare, District 7680; one DGND in Part II, Issac Owolabi, District 7670 and one DGN in Part III, Scott Van Der Linden, District 7680.
  2. Noted from the faculty, there was good interaction between the Rotarians. 
  3. Noted from the evaluation forms indicated a day well spent in learning more about what Rotary opportunities are available to Rotarians so they can find a way to use their talents and apply their passion in some capacity in Rotary to make a difference in other peoples lives that have special needs that we can't do alone, but with other Rotarians, almost any thing is possible.
Article by Rtn. Alvin Lewis.  

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Even More Clubs Participate in the Fairfax VA RLI

Our Fairfax VA RLI Graduates.
See the linked article for more... 
District 7610 hosted a Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) event on Saturday March 19th at George Mason University, Fairfax, VA with 38 participants from 19 clubs in 7610 and several clubs outside our district. The event makes a total of 35 out of 57 7610 clubs participating in RLI so far this year, over 60 Percent! Click here for more article and photos.

Remaining RLI events in the Chesapeake area for Rotary Year 2015-2016 are
  • April 2nd, Dover, DE
  • April 9th, Norfolk, VA
  • April 29th, La Plata, MD
Visit http://www/ for complete info and registration.

Many thanks to our clubs for a great year! Hayward Hull, D7610 RLI Chair

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Highlights from Greenwood SC RLI

L to R:  Regional RLI Coordinator Gene Moorhead, 
Michael Seymour, Marnie Nicholson, 
Nancy Goplerud, William Callahan, 
Helen Westmoreland, 
7750 District Governor Terry Weaver. 
Spring in its warmth, early colors and timeless renewal of life itself was present for the Rotary Leadership Institute in Greenwood, SC. The event was held on March 12 at the James C. Self Conference Center at Piedmont Technical College. Twenty-three participants and six facilitators contributed to the success of the event.

Regional Coordinator Gene Moorhead managed what is perhaps a Zone 33 RLI first by having two sitting District Governors as facilitators. Thanks to Terry Weaver (7750) and Rod Funderburk (7770) for contributing a day from their busy schedules. Thanks as well to PDG Rich Waugh and PDG Lorraine Angelino, as well as Gene Moorhead and District Coordinator George Fletcher, who served as facilitators.

The Institute recognized five enthusiastic new graduates:
· William Callahan, Rotary Club of Westminster, SC
· Nancy Goplerud, Rotary Club of Emerald City, Greenwood, SC
· Mamie Nicholson, Rotary Club of Greenwood, SC
· Farris Michael Seymour, Rotary Club of Laurens, SC
· Helen Westmoreland, Rotary Club of Seneca, SC

The Part III group spent their Making a Difference session on discussing the “value proposition” of RLI. All agreed that there was significant value in RLI and that we need to do a better job selling it to the clubs. All agreed to make presentations to their own clubs using newly developed RLI promotional materials.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Beaver WV RLI Has Special Polio Eradication Bonus

Rotary District 7550 (Southern West Virginia) RLI Chair, Jim Ferguson shares that they had an added bonus in addition to the March 5, 2016 RLI courses. An Award wining presentation on Polio by two 5th graders from Princeton WV. These young ladies won first place in their School Social Studies Fair and in the County-level Social Studies Fair. This coming Saturday they will compete at the regional level competition. 

In Part I Courses, 16 Rotarians and 3 Interactors audited the class for a total of 19 participants. Nine Rotarians completed Part 2 and we have 5 RLI graduates who completed the Part 3 Course. All together 46 participants came together to enjoy learning about Rotary, leadership development, community building and other topics in the March 5 event. Three Interactors from Princeton High School manned the registration desk the registration desk for the morning. A few inches of snow and cold weather did not stop Rotarians from around the state from making the trip to Beaver. We also had the distinction of having a 74 year old Rotarian ( Keith McKinzie) graduating from RLI. It's true, you never stop learning no matter your age, ask Keith. It's a successful second year of RLI at the New River Community and Technical College in Wild, Wonderful, Beaver West Virginia.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

RLI Remarks at District 7710 Event

RLI Executive Director Bevin Wall shared some of the following comments with District 7710 Governor Newman Aguilar and his Leadership Team during their District Leadership Team Meeting on February 1, 2016.  
Thank you so much for allowing me a few minutes on your very jam packed agenda for last night's meeting in Cary. As I said, it brought me back, in that the Cary Chamber of Commerce was the site of our first RLI in your district, over ten years ago!
It was an amazing feeling to see the overwhelming show of support for the program, evidenced by the fact that everyone in the room, more than 20 participants, raised their hand when I asked if they had been to an RLI session, and most of them, in fact, had graduated. The phrase "preaching to the choir" comes to mind.    
As stated, we are promoting the following ideas:
  • AGs to promote RLI to clubs using our new video and powerpoint, but mainly speaking from their own experience... 
  • Clubs to be encouraged to financially subsidize the cost of attendance and promote those opportunities; 
  • Districts to incentivize RLI attendance by making it part of your awards scheme and planning; 
  • District to consider opportunities to financially subsidize the cost of attendance and promote those opportunities, via scholarships, split costs plan, etc.     
We consider District 7710, as our home base for Division activity and training, to be the heart of our RLI in many respects. Thank you again for your continued support as a member district of RLI.    
Please let us know if there is anything we can do to make your Rotarians' experience in RLI better or more effective. 

Monday, January 25, 2016

Pictures from the January 2016 Annual Meeting Posted

RLI Promotions Manager Bob Stinson leads the assembled Faculty on Friday!

Pictures from the RLI Annual Meeting, January 8-10, 2016, in Cary, NC are now posted. Click this link to access the photos.

Thanks to Lorraine Angelino for her excellent "fill-in" photography for our RLI Photographer-in-Chief, Ed Shearin.  

Sunday, January 24, 2016

RLI Graduate Information Updated

Our hats off to our RLI Graduates! 
The Zone 33 RLI Graduate Page has been updated through our January 2016 Graduates at  the Cary NC RLI.

Zone 33 RLI boasts over 1100 Graduates during the past 10 years. These are the elite Rotarians in your clubs and districts. many of these graduates have gone on to hold important club, district and international Rotary positions. They are the leaders of doing good in our world and communities. Graduates are listed by district, and alphabetically for your reference.