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RLI International Newsletter

May 2016
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.

In Memoriam

RLI mourns the passing of PDG Nils Ove Jensen of Denmark who served as RLI Regional Chair for Zones 15-16 and as Chair of our Denmark Division. Nils Ove led the development of RLI in all of Denmark and initiated RLI Divisions in Sweden, Finland, Poland, the Baltic Countries and was working on establishing RLI in other parts of Scandinavia. We express our condolences to his wife, Bente, and all the members of his family. He is succeeded by the Vice-Chair of the Denmark Division, PDG Grethe Christiansen. Grethe was part of the Curriculum Committee in Orlando.


The RLI Annual Convention Breakfast will soon be held at the Seoul. Here is the latest update:

Principal Speaker:

Speaker from the R.I. Board: R.I. Director Salfay Alpay of Turkey,

Chair of the Board's Executive Committee

Presider at the Breakfast: PRID Kwang Tae Kim, Chair of the Korean RLI Division

Presenter for "Thoughts for the Day": PDG Geeta Manek, Kenya

Speaker for the Rotary Global History Fellowship, announcing the joint project with RLI: PDG Matts Ingemanson, Past President, RGHF

Presenter on RLI in Korea: PDG Jungho Cho, Vice-Chair, RLI Korean Division

Presentation of RLI Awards: PDG Michael Rabasca, RLI International Executive Director

The Breakfast will be concluded at or before 9:00 a.m., well in time for the Plenary Session of the Convention at 10:00 a.m.

A wonderful Asian and American Breakfast Buffet will be served.

The site: MVL HOTEL GOYANG, near the Kintex Convention Center - doors open 7:15 a.m., official opening at 7:30 a.m.

FOR REGISTRATION, SEE www.rotaryleadershipinstitute.org home page for English and Korean language flyers. Cost, a modest US$ 28.00 per person.



As previously announced, the International RLI and the officers of the Rotary Global History Fellowship have entered into a special agreement to collaborate on the creation of Rotary History Courses for RLI's Recommended Graduate Program. Members of RGHF have been invited to register for the RLI Breakfast in Seoul at which RGHF Past President Matts Ingemanson will announce this agreement. The Agreement is based on the special skills and resources that both organizations can bring to the development of such Rotary history courses. We thank the current RGHF Board Chair Steve Hellersperk and his officers for cooperating in this project.

Welcome New Rotary Division

RLI is proud to welcome the Central-East Division of Brazil. Organized by Past Rotary Director and Trustee, Antonio Hallage, the new division consists of Districts 4520, 4530, 4580, 4760 and 4770, parts of Minas Gerais, Goias, Tocantina and Distrito Federal. The Agreement, was signed by PDG Francisco Fernando Schlabitz of District 4530, the Chair of the new Division. The District Governors of the new Division are Onesimo Moreira Ramos, 4520, Jose Ataide Miranda Barretto, 4530, Andre Luiz Cota, 4580, Alexandre Pires Ramos, 4760 and Cleiber Rogerio Rodrigues, 4770.

Welcome New Member of RLI Sr. Leaders Advisory Board

RLI is pleased to welcome R.I. Director Nominee Robert C. Knuepfer, Jr. of Illinois, USA as a member of the RLI International Senior Leaders Advisory Board. Robb created the RLI Midwest Division in 2010. He is a member of the Chicago One Rotary Club, the oldest Club in Rotary.

COL Decisions Affecting Clubs and Districts

A summary of decisions by the 2016 Council on Legislation that affect Rotary Clubs and Districts has been posted on the RLI Materials Website as part of the 2015-18 Curriculum materials. The summary was prepared by Dr. Tam Mustapha who was a delegate at the COL meeting. It is strongly suggested that all RLI Faculty (Discussion Leaders) review the summary before serving again as discussion leaders at RLI courses. Some major changes were adopted by the Council.

Personnel Change

PDG Juan Carlos Contreras is the new Chair of the RLI Peru Division. He succeeds PDG Julio Cesar Silva-Santisteban O, whom we thank for his service to RLI.

Faculty Training and Division Orientation Held in Bulgaria

Under the leadership of PDG Kalcho Hinov, RLI Regional Chair for Zone 20B, a successful special meeting of Zone 20B RLI Division leaders was held in April in Bulgaria. A report will be included in the RLI eBulletin of June, 2016.

RLI Discussion Group on R.I. Discussion Groups Site Keeps Growing

We urge RLI members to join the RLI discussion group on the R.I. My Rotary/ Discussion groups. The RLI site is called, "Rotary Leadership Institute/RLI". At the time of the writing of this eBulletin, 597 Rotarians have joined the site and 22 discussion topics have been opened. Any Rotarian may join the group.




“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.”