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RLI International Newsletter

March 2014
The Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) is a multi-district, grassroots leadership development program of member districts organized into regional divisions throughout the world. It is not an official program of Rotary International and is not under its control. The RLI seeks to have Rotary Clubs in member districts identify those Rotarians who seem to have the POTENTIAL for future club leadership (not necessarily as club presidents) and provide those so identified with a quality education in Rotary knowledge and leadership skills for voluntary organizations.


Our View and Quote of the Month

Mark Wallace, Editor of Rotary Down Under, the Regional Magazine for Australia, New Zealand and Oceana, summed up some of the reasons for RLI in a column in that magazine last fall, (without mentioning RLI). His conclusion was that most Rotarians know very little about Rotary outside of their own clubs. Here are some quotes about many Rotary Clubs from Mark's writings:

"If the best you can do is provide a decent meeting venue, an occasionally entertaining guest speaker, and a series of cheques presented to various charities once or twice a year from proceeds raised at the club's one or two big annual events, one wonders what those members are saying when they try to recruit new members. What makes Rotary unique is its spirit of volunteerism. With 1.2 million of us all over the world, it's pretty handy to know that when you join Rotary, you join one of the biggest volunteer armies in the world, which means every cent raised for good causes hits the target."

RLI seeks to open the world of Rotary to all Rotarians. Our experience is that by so doing we create enthusiasm that engages Rotarians and aids membership retention. While not the whole story, what Mark says is very important.

RLI Annual Convention Breakfast in Sydney, Australia

RLI Intl. Executive Director Michael Rabasca has reported active reservations/ticket sales for the Annual Convention Breakfast at the Four Seasons Sydney on Wednesday, June 4 at 0700. Tickets may be obtained with a credit card by following the procedures on the RLI Intl. Web Site home page at www.rotaryleadershipinstitute.org or with a check drawn on a USA bank. The cost is $US 32.00 per person, very reasonable in that city.

The featured speaker is Past R.I. President Richard D. King and other presenters will be R.I. Directors Bryn Styles of Canada, John Boag of Australia and Celia Giay of Argentina. Questions about the Breakfast may be directed to PDG Mike Rabasca at m.rabasca@comcast.net .

STOP AND VISIT THE RLI EXHIBIT BOOTH IN THE HOUSE OF FRIENDSHIP. IT IS BOOTH NUMBER 300 that will be staffed by RLI Officers who will be able to provide any and all information about the RLI program. Those who purchase tickets for the Breakfast may pick them up at the Booth.

Small Group Meetings

Informal meetings of non-member districts wishing to learn more about RLI may be arranged by contacting Executive Director Mike Rabasca before May 23, preferably earlier. Current members may arrange meetings by contacting RLI Chair David Linett. Email addresses are m.rabasca@comcast.net and ginlin@aol.com .

Welcome New Members of Sr. Leaders Advisory Board

RLI is pleased to welcome two R.I. Directors as members of the RLI Intl. Senior Leaders Advisory Board. They are R.I. Vice-President, Anne L. Matthews of South Carolina, USA and R.I. Director Steve Snyder of California, USA. Steve initiated the membership of his district in the RLI Far West Division.

Membership in the Rotary Leadership Institute/RLI Discussion Group Growing Fast

As of this date, 170 Rotarians have joined the above Discussion Group on the Rotary International/MyRotary web site. 11 discussion topics have been posted on the group's site. One of the topics seeks suggestions for the triennial revision of the RLI Curriculum that will cover 2015-18. New topics may be posted by any of the group's members. We look forward to growing participation and active discussions that will benefit RLI.

In the March 11, R.I Weekly enews, there was a suggestion that Rotarians participate in the Rotary Leadership Institute Discussion Group on the web site.

Personnel Update

PDG Tunji Funsho has stepped down as Chair of the Nigeria Division that covers that entire country and a new Executive has been appointed as follows:

PDG Yomi Adewunmi - Chairman PDG Tayo Alabi - Vice-chairman South west PDG Obafunso Ogunkeye - " North PDG Yinka Babalola - " South east PAG Akabom Enebong - Secretary PDG Richard Giwa-Osagie - Treasurer PAG Ayo Faroun - Registrar PDG Tunji Funsho - Ex officio

We thank Tunji for his great contributions for the formation of the Nigeria Division and for his service as RLI Intl. Regional Vice-Chair for Subsaharan Africa, a position in which he will continue.

Report of PDG Juan Pedro Torroba for Trainers Seminar in Paraguay

I am sending the report of the Seventh Guidance for Trainers Seminar recently held in Paraguay with the participation ofPDG Daniel Elicetche,Coordinatorand the presence and participation of Governor Marina Petrovic . This seminar was very special, as it did to begin with our service for strengthening Rotary clubs in the latter incorporated area and to complete the entire map of Spanish speaking South America in the Rotary Leadership Institute. A Part 1 Course has been scheduled in Paraguay to begin to enjoy this educational system and motivation for new members. (translated from the Spanish).

Now that the Argentina Central-South Division covers parts of 3 countries, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay, a division name change is being considered to reflect the division membership. PDG Juan Pedro Torroba has been the founding and current chair. He is also the Assistant Regional Vice-Chair for Spanish Speaking South America.

Report of PDG SubhashSaraf of India on a 2 Week Tour of India for RLI


RLI International Training Vice Chair PDG Frank Wargo, accompanied by Intl. Regional Vice Chair PP BinodKhaitan and RLI South Asia Extension Chair cum Secretary PDG Subhash Saraf, recently made an exhaustive training tour on the mission "Train the Trainers" in four divisions of India (Northern, Eastern, Southern and Central) at sites (Delhi, Bhubaneshwar, Coimbatore and Mysore) in four Rotary districts (3010, 3262, 3201, 3180) with multi-district participation, when 80 Rotarians completed their Faculty Orientation Training and 120 received their RLI Graduation certification. The respective Division Chairs (PDG RanjanDhingra, PDG Sandeep Narang, PDG Sankara Pillai and PDG RajendraRai) with their teams in various districts deserve congratulations for the successful conduct of these courses, during the period Feb 20 through March 3.

Great Lakes (USA) Division Conducts RLI Course for Club Presidents-Nominee

PDG Renee Merchant, Chair of the Great Lakes Division, reports:

"We presented RLI Part I at PETS for presidents-nominee Friday. The positive response was overwhelming. Special thanks to PDGs Chris Etienne, Jane Millar, Mike Crabill, Jim Goodwin and DGND Bill Smith who facilitated modules. We had 36 attendees including two from D6400 (a nonmember). Most are looking forward to attending Part II." This is not a part of the PETS program that is run by R.I., but it does inspire support from future club presidents and more.

For further information about this approach, contact PDG Renee Merchant at rmerchant@dmci.net



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