Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) News

Dave Kaiser, District 7910 RLI Chair


Save the Date!

D7910 Rotary Leadership Learning Institute (RLI) Session

Saturday 1/20/18   7:30am-3:30pm Boxborough MA

Okay. I admit I’ve taken license in this headline by unilaterally changing the official name of RLI. However, at all the recent RLI meetings I’ve attended, most people agree the name is a bit misleading in today’s Rotary given who is attending and benefitting from RLI.

So, please don’t be fooled by the name; while it was originally founded 25 years ago by Past RI Director and PDG David Linnet of New Jersey to fill the void of leadership training, RLI’s structured-discussion format has made it a great way for all Rotarians to increase their understanding of Rotary. Rather than the typical lecture format, RLI allows attendees of all backgrounds and Rotary experience levels to ask questions and share ideas on important topics to 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.

While I am providing the following information on RLI, I encourage you to 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 they had to learn about Rotary. If you are an RLI Graduate, please be vocal within your Club to ensure the true value of RLI is well understood.

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 Boxborough session which includes 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? (The link to register for our Boxborough session is 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 DON’T MISS OUT ON A GREAT EXPERIENCE!