What is the Rotary Leadership Institute?

The Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) is a grassroots leadership development program for Rotarians throughout the world. It is not an official program of Rotary International and is not under its control. RLI is professional development or continuing education for any district Rotarian who would like to increase their Rotary knowledge as well as leadership skills for volunteer organizations.

How does it Work?

Rotarians attend three 1-day seminars throughout the Rotary year. The seminars will be held in selected locations around the district for ease of access.

Does it replace District Leadership Academy?

Absolutely Not! The best comparison is that of a Bachelors Degree to that of a Masters Degree. The coursework in the RLI is concise and held in classroom  type environment over 3 days while the Leadership Academy (DLA) is self taught,  online; exploring each topic in greater depth over a period of 8 months. .

Why Should I Attend?

An effective Rotarian is a knowledgeable and informed Rotarian. Do you understand how to use The Rotary Foundation, increase membership, design a successful project, or lead volunteers? Besides it’s just more fun to know more about our great organization and be able to talk about it in an informed manner.
Let this be your first step toward a leadership role or just becoming a better Rotarian.

Which Leadership Development Course Should I Attend?

Depends on your goals and time. RLI provides basic education on club administration, The Rotary Foundation, strategic planning, service projects, membership, leadership and effective communication. There is a small charge of $130 for the three RLI sessions to cover the cost of materials and a lunch provided at each session. DLA will take each of those subjects and explore them in-depth with subject specialists moderating each month long course.
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“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.”


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What is the Next Step?

Contact the Dean of the District Leadership Academy (DLA) or the Chairs f D5110’s Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) for further information and application.