March, 2012 SPECIAL CONVENTION EDITION
CELEBRATING 20 YEARS OF SERVICE TO ROTARY CLUBS
Quote of the Month
"I am only one, but still I am one
I cannot do everything, but still I can do something.
And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do."
Edward Everett Hale
Random Thoughts About Leadership
The quote by Edward Everett Hale sets forth the attitudes that leaders need to cultivate. It also reflects why Rotary has been so successful. The great successes of Rotary have been achieved because Rotary is an example of not only the "power of one", but also the "power of the group". The group is a great motivator and the great fellowship of Rotarians is the basis for successful service. Never underestimate the role of warm fellowship in great projects.
RLI AT THE CONVENTION....................................
As always, RLI officers and members will have a busy time during the Rotary International Convention in Bangkok, Thailand. Here are some activities:
MAY 5 RLI Exhibit Booth #100 opens in the House of Friendship. All Convention Goers are Invited to visit the booth to talk with RLI officers. RLI brochures and other materials will be available.
MAY 7 afternoon -RLI Senior Officers will be available for meetings with any Rotarians interested in learning more about the RLI program. Current divisions are also invited to such meetings to discuss any items of concern. THOSE WISHING TO SCHEDULE A MEETING SHOULD CONTACT RLI International Chair David Linett at firstname.lastname@example.org . If necessary some meetings may also be held on Tuesday, May 8 afternoon.
MAY 9 7:15 a.m. (doors open at 7:00 a.m.) ANNUAL RLI CONVENTION BREAKFAST AT THE ROYAL JUBILEE BALLROOM FOYER AT THE IMPACT CONVENTION CENTER. THE PRINCIPAL SPEAKER WILL BE DR. ROBERT (BOB) SCOTT OF CANADA, PAST CHAIR OF THE ROTARY FOUNDATION TRUSTEES, CURRENT CHAIRMAN OF THE INTERNATIONAL POLIO PLUS COMMITTEE AND PAST R.I. VICE PRESIDENT.
FOR REGISTRATION INFORMATION, SEE THE HOME PAGE AT www.rotaryleadershipinstitute.org . The Breakfast cost of US$ 25.00 per person may be paid by credit card online or by a check drawn on a US bank (see above website home page). No tickets will be sold at the door, but "paid tickets" may be picked up at the Exhibit Booth or at the door. For questions contact the Breakfast Chair, PDG Michael Rabasca at email@example.com .
The RLI Annual Report will be distributed at the Breakfast. Language tables will be available on request to PDG Rabasca.
Welcome New Member of the RLI Senior Leaders Advisory Board
RLI is proud to welcome Rotary International Director Samuel F. Owori of Kampala, Uganda, as a member of the RLI Sr. Leaders Advisory Board. In addition to his other leadership activities, Director Owori is an important Rotary leader in Africa and has supported RLI's major expansion in that Continent in recent years. Of the sixteen Rotary districts in Africa, 13 (plus Egypt thisionat is part of a Middle East District) are members of RLI. Director Owori attended the faculty orientation in Kampala recently for District 7200.
RLI Intl. Training Team on the move....................................
RLI Intl. Vice-Chair for Training Frank Wargo recently spent a week and a half in India. After attending the Polio Plus Conference in Delhi, he participated in training and course events in Southern India and Sri Lanka. He was accompanied by India RLI Organization Secretary, PDG Subhash Saraf of Pune, India. Said PDG Saraf, commenting on the visit to Sri Lanka, "They (the participants) were keen, involved and interested to add value to their potential and personality, out of the magic of RLI Training."
A successful faculty orientation session to start the new Ecuador Division took place in Guayaquil, Ecuador. RLI Intl. Training Team Member Juan Pedro Torroba of Argentina conducted the sessions for16 Rotarians. Torroba is also an Assistant RLI Intl. Regional Vice-Chair for Spanish speaking districts in South America. Division Chair PDG Hector H. Plaza also participated in the sessions.
Kampala, Uganda was the site of the first faculty orientation session for the East Africa Division of District 9200. Leading the sessions were Dr.Tamton Mustapha, RLI Intl. Vice-Chair and Dr. Tunji Funsho, RLI Intl. Regional Vice-Chair for Sub-Saharan Africa. The two DGNs for the two districts into which 9200 will split in 2013 were present and agreed to continue the division for the two new districts. The two RLI trainers also participated in the D9200 Team Training Seminar. After the Kampala events, both trainers visited clubs and various events in Nigeria.
RLI Around the World
The Heartland USA Division, Nebraska/Iowa USA, held a successful course in March. Said Division Chair, Nicki Klein, "The entire group was energized and Part III participants showed real interest in continuing in their leadership roles into club and district positions."
The Pacific Northwest Division hosted a session for new discussion leaders in February at Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada under the leadership of PDG Chris Offer, Division Chair and RLI Intl. Trainer.
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