New Rotary Leadership Institute

By Eric Marcus, District Governor-Elect

District 6670 recently became the newest member of our Zone’s Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI), designed for emerging and potential leaders in Rotary. The program consists of three separate all day seminars, with advancing lessons in each course. The three different courses will be offered over a one year period.

We are actively accepting candidate names from club leaders of members they would like to send, plus self-nominations from Rotarians that would like to attend our very first class on November 16, 2013 at the Greene Country Career Center Adult Education building. In the event of large first-time enrollment, club nominated candidates may have priority or a second RLI #1 session may be offered. The class will begin with registration at 8 a.m. and finish promptly at 3:00 p.m. A light breakfast and lunch is included in the $70 cost.

Candidate names should be emailed to our RLI Coordinator, Eric Marcus.

RLI believes that excellent CLUB leadership (all types of club leaders) is essential to the future of Rotary in a complex and fast changing world. Most Rotarians have not been exposed to the great scope of Rotary around the world and have not considered what leadership skills are necessary to move Rotary forward.

RLI strongly believes that a good Rotary Club leader must know the evolution of Rotary, its current status and activities in the world and have a vision for what Rotary can be in the future. Therefore, RLI provides a three day non-consecutive basic course in both Rotary knowledge and leadership skills, especially for voluntary organizations. In addition to the specific leadership skills sessions, all the RLI sessions have a leadership component.

The mission of RLI is to have the clubs in the member districts identify those with the potential for future club leadership and send them to RLI courses at club expense. All member clubs may send any club Rotarian to RLI courses and any Rotarian may attend any course at his/her own initiative.

The overriding goal of the courses for club Rotarians is to create ENTHUSIASM for Rotary by opening up to them the world of Rotary outside of their own clubs and also showing them the great potential of Rotary service for the benefit of the world that can be furthered with excellent leadership in our clubs.

RLI is a general education program, while most Rotary International training programs are “job-specific”; that is R.I. trains Rotarians for specific positions. RLI is not a PETS or any other district training program, but graduates of RLI bring a greatly enhanced background in Rotary when they later attend job-specific programs.

For more information, visit the RLI website.

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