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RLI International Newsletter

April 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.

Note for Governors Elect and Nominee (and others):

Those whose districts are not yet members of RLI and who wish to discuss possible membership in RLI are invited to contact RLI International Chair David Linett, PRID to arrange to meet at the Sydney Convention. Write ginlin@aol.com



RLI Annual Convention Breakfast

Exhibit Booth #374 in House of Friendship

Small Group Meetings and miscellaneous meetings


A highlight of many past conventions has been the Annual RLI Convention Breakfasts open to all Convention goers. At Sydney, the Breakfast will be held on Wednesday, June 4 at 0700 in the Grand Ballroom of the Four Seasons Hotel, 199 George Street in Sydney. As usual a substantial number of Directors and Trustees as well as other Senior Leaders will be present. RLI leaders will attend from many parts of the world.

The principal speaker will be Past R.I. President Richard D. King and other speakers include Director John Boag of Australia, Director Bryn Styles of Canada and Director Celia Giay of Argentina. The annual RLI Awards will be presented to outstanding Rotarians for service to RLI.

A full breakfast buffet will be served at 0700 and the program will start promptly at 0730.

Why should you attend? Enjoy a great hotel and a great buffet breakfast. Listen to a great program with outstanding speakers. Meet RLI leaders from all over the world and quite a number of Senior Leaders.

REGISTRATION may be made by credit card, PayPal or bank check drawn on a U.S. Bank. See flyer on home page of www.rotaryleadershipinstitute.org . Tickets may be picked up at the RLI Exhibit Booth #300.


During past Conventions, the RLI Exhibit Booth has been one of the busiest booths. RLI leaders will continually staff the booth from the opening of the House of Friendship until the closing. Much information about RLI will be available and current RLI members will be able to meet and chat with RLI leaders.


Each Convention is an opportunity for RLI International leaders to meet with prospective district members and many others. We will be having what we call, "Small Group Meetings" on Monday afternoon of the Convention (June 2). The place has not yet been selected, but it is usually in a board room in a hotel near the Convention Center. Those wishing to discuss membership in RLI or who need to discuss matters in an existing division/district should contact either David Linett, International Chair at ginlin@aol.com or Michael Rabasca, International Executive Director at m.rabasca@comcast.net.

Welcome New Member Districts

RLI is pleased to welcome Districts 5420 and 5750 as members of the RLI Rocky Mountain Division. District 5420 covers 46 clubs in the U.S. State of Utah. The Agreement of Membership was signed by District Governor Stephen W. Skinner. District 5750 covers 38 clubs in the U.S. State of Oklahoma and its District Governor is Michelle Schaefer. The Division Chair is PDG Michael Forney and the former chair and Regional Vice-Chair for America West is RIDE Greg Podd of Colorado.

RLI is also pleased to welcome District 3590 as a member of the Korea Division. The Agreement of Membership was signed by DGE Jong Bu, Jin and by the Division Chair PRID Kwang Tae Kim of Seoul. The Division Vice-Chair is Jungho Cho. Two additional member districts are in process for Japan and Australia and will be announced next month.

The Spain Division Conducts its First Faculty Orientation

With the leadership of the Spain Division Chair, PDG Jose Ramon Ruiz Echevarria of District 2201, Central Spain, the first faculty orientation was held in Madrid, Spain on April 4 and 5. The Division contains the three districts in Spain and all district leaders worked together for a successful event. The orientation was conducted by PDG Juan Pedro Torroba of Argentina, who also serves as Assistant Regional Vice-Chair for Spanish speaking divisions in South America. He was assisted by International Training Leader and RIDN Eduardo de San Martin of Madrid. The three District Governors in Spain are Francisco Arcos Gabriel, Manuel Herreros de las Cueves and Graciela Waen Herrendorf. Governor Waen made the initial contacts that led to the formation of the new division.

The West Africa Division to Conduct a Faculty Orientation on May 10

The West Africa Division will inaugurate its faculty orientation program on May 10 in Accra, Ghana. The event, organized by Division Chair Ralph Mills-Tettey, will introduce the Division's new faculty members to the RLI program and its discussion leader methods. The orientation will be conducted by PDG Tunji Funsho of Nigeria, who also serves as RLI Regional Vice-Chair for Sub-Saharan Africa. He will be joined by PDG Adotei Brown who has served as an R.I. Training Leader for the International Assembly. More on this event in next month's eBulletin.

Join the Rotaryleadershipinstitute/RLI Discussion Group on rotary.org/myrotary. As of this eBulletin there are 192 members in the discussion group. About 14 different discussion topics are being discussed on the RLI site.




“Having leadership skills does not alone assure good Rotary leadership. An effective Rotary leader must ALSO have Rotary knowledge, perspective about where Rotary has been, where it is now and a vision of what Rotary can be.”