Posted by Dave Kaiser on Jul 18, 2018
Save the Date! 
D7910 Rotary Leadership Learning Institute (RLI) Session
 Saturday 1/26/19
7:30am-3:30pm
Marriott Courtyard
Marlborough MA
 
Okay.  Once again I’ve taken license by unilaterally changing the name of RLI.  However, at every RLI session I’ve attended, most people say the name is a bit outdated in today’s Rotary given who is attending and benefitting from RLI. 
So, please don’t be fooled by the official name; while it was originally founded in 1992 to fill the void of leadership training, RLI’s structured-discussion format has become a great way for all Rotarians to increase their understanding of Rotary.  Rather than being lectured to, RLI attendees of all backgrounds and Rotary experience levels are able to ask questions and share ideas on important topics which make their personal Rotary experience more meaningful.  You don’t have to aspire to become a Club or District leader to find RLI a great experience. 
 
Save the Date! 
D7910 Rotary Leadership Learning Institute (RLI) Session
 Saturday 1/26/19
7:30am-3:30pm
Marriott Courtyard
Marlborough MA
 
Okay.  Once again I’ve taken license by unilaterally changing the name of RLI.  However, at every RLI session I’ve attended, most people say the name is a bit outdated in today’s Rotary given who is attending and benefitting from RLI. 
So, please don’t be fooled by the official name; while it was originally founded in 1992 to fill the void of leadership training, RLI’s structured-discussion format has become a great way for all Rotarians to increase their understanding of Rotary.  Rather than being lectured to, RLI attendees of all backgrounds and Rotary experience levels are able to ask questions and share ideas on important topics which make their personal Rotary experience more meaningful.  You don’t have to aspire to become a Club or District leader to find RLI a great experience. 
I encourage Club Presidents and Boards to support and send to the 1/26/19 District RLI:
  • Newer Club Rotarians to round-out their orientation to Rotary, filling in the gaps they may have in understanding the structure, purpose and value of Rotary as well as Club involvement.
  • Incoming / upcoming / aspiring Club leaders to increase or rekindle their understanding of Rotary, as well as get ideas from other attendees which may help formulate ideas for the the Club’s future.
If you are unfamiliar with RLI, please:
  • Visit the RLI Northeastern America website—www.RLINEA.org
  • Speak with those in your Club who have attended RLI; I have yet to find anyone who hasn’t said it was one of the best experiences to learn about Rotary.
Here is a summary of RLI
1.  WHAT is RLI?  The Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) is a multi-district, grassroots leadership development program of member districts organized into regional divisions in various parts of the world.  RLI is not an official program of Rotary International and is not under its control. 
The Institute offers a learning of Rotary in three separate full-day sessions (Parts I, II and III). The courses are designed to provide Rotary knowledge and leadership skills for voluntary organizations. Some examples of course sessions include:
  • A Look Outside the Club
  • Membership Orientation and Activation
  • Introduction to Leadership
  • Creating Service Projects
  • Problem Solving Workshops
  • Vocational Service
  • Effective Committees
  • Membership Development
  • The Rotary Foundation
  • Analyzing a Rotary Club
  • The Object of Rotary
  • The District
  • International Service
  • Problems of Leadership
  • Creative Service
  • Written Communications
  • Motivating Rotarians and Effecting Change
2.  WHO should attend RLI?  Anyone interested in learning more about Rotary and how Clubs, Districts and International interrelate will find RLI a great resource.  Perhaps you have no current interest in a formal Club or District leadership role, but you are interested in helping in a Global grant, growing your Club’s membership, or how to run effective Community / Fundraising projects.  RLI can be helpful.
 
3.  WHY attend RLI?  As previously mentioned, RLI can help those interested in getting involved in Club or District leadership, those with a particular interest in segments of Rotary’s endeavors, or those wishing to gain a greater awareness and better understanding of Rotary as a volunteer organization. 
4.  What’s the COST to Register?  The registration fee for our Marlborough session which includes materials, breakfast and lunch is $95.  While it is a great value for what you receive, some clubs offer reimbursement for those who attend RLI as they see it is an investment in building a stronger club.  (Speak with your President to see if your club has such a program.)
5.  HOW can you register for RLI or learn more?  http://www.rlinea.org/.   The link to register for our Marlborough session will appear around October 2018, on the Left side of the home page.
If you have other questions or would like to arrange for me to speak at a Club meeting, please feel welcome to email me at Kaiser@westboroughrotary.org.   DON’T MISS OUT ON A GREAT EXPERIENCE!
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