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RLI International Newsletter

November 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.

Quote of the Month

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others. —Mahatma Gandhi


RLI congratulates PRIVP John Germ of Tennessee, USA on becoming the R.I. President-Nominee. John is a member of the RLI Senior Leaders Advisory Board.

Odds and Ends about RLI

Some comments by participants at a recent RLI Part III session:

"It would take over 20 years to get the Rotary information that we get at RLI in a club setting alone."

"No member of my club who has attended RLI has left the club (same comment by several participants)".

"My only regret is that I did not become involved in RLI sooner."

(Courtesy of Division Regional Vice-Chair, PDG Norma Madayag-Reilly)

Registration Open for Curriculum Committee Meeting

The Curriculum Committee Meeting flyer is now posted on the home page of www.rotaryleadershipinstitute.org. This annual meeting is one of the more important ones because the Committee will review the curriculum for the 3 year segment beginning July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2018. RLI initiated changing the major revisions of the curriculum on an annual basis to a three year basis to enable the volunteer translators to eliminate the need for annual translations. The committee works mostly through subcommittees on various subjects as well as some plenary sessions.

Every RLI Division is entitled to send one or more representatives to the Committee meeting at the Hilton Garden Inn Airport, Orlando, Florida, beginning Friday, January 30, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. until noon on Sunday, February 1.

Officers for the 2015 meeting are PDG Randy Rawiszer, Secretary and Organizing Chair and PDG Edward King, Editor. Registration Chair is Debbie Maymon. The Sunshine Division of RLI is the host division for the meeting.

Due to limited space, early registration is requested.


Welcome New Member District

RLI is pleased to Welcome District 5670 as a member of the RLI Rocky Mountain Division. The Agreement of Membership was signed by District Governor Roger Marshall and PDG T. Michael Forney, Chair of the Rocky Mountain Division. The district is located in the USA State of Kansas.

The Rocky Mountain Division is growing rapidly under Chair Forney and with the support of RLI Intl. Regional Vice-Chair, RID Greg Podd, former Chair of that division.

New Faculty Orientation Held in Prague

The RLI Czech Republic/Slovakia Division (District 2240) held its first faculty orientation in October. Chair of the RLI Division is PDG Petr Jan Pajas. The events began the day before the training, with an evening dinner meeting of the District leadership/faculty with RLI International Trainers, PDGs Frank Wargo and Knut Johnsen (both International RLI Vice-Chairs) to discuss the implementation of RLI, financing the division, etc. The orientation sessions were held the next full day at a college dating to the 1300s. First RLI courses were scheduled for January, 2015. The District Governor is Peter Ferenc of Slovakia.

Buenos Aires Division Marks First Graduate Course

On October 18, the Buenos Aires Division of RLI held its first Graduate Seminar for 100 graduates of the basic three part course. Guest speakers at the event included R.I. Vice-President Celia Giay and Past R.I. President Luis Vicente Giay (a great Rotary team). Both spoke to the group about the importance of RLI and how communications and vocational service are essential topics of understanding among peoples and lead to better leadership. The event was reported by Division Co-Chair Miguel A. Martinez Pereyra. RIVP Celia Giay is the founder of the Buenos Aires Division in Argentina.

Record Number of Rotary Institutes hold RLI Events in 2014

A number of RLI Breakfasts, meetings, etc. at Rotary Institutes (formerly called Zone Institutes) were announced in previous eBulletins.

The RLI South Asia Organization will hold its Annual General Meeting on Saturday, December 14 as a pre-lunch event at the Rotary Institute in Chennai, India. All RLI Divisions in India, Nepal, Bhutan, Maldives and Sri Lanka have been invited to participate. Officers of the South Asia RLI Organization include Binod Khaitan, Executive Vice-Chair and Secretary PDG Subhash Saraf. After the Institute is over, RLI courses will be held for the next two days in District 3230. More after the event is held.

Planning is underway for the RLI Breakfast on Saturday, November 22 at the Rotary Institute for Zones 6B, 7A and 10B at Kota Kinabalu, Sabah State, Malaysia. The Convener of the Institute is RID Guiller Tumangan. More on this event in the next eBulletin.