Rotary Leadership Institute

What Is The Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI)? 

RLI is a grassroots coalition of Rotary districts implementing a leadership development program for "potential" leaders of Rotary CLUBS. Established in 1992, RLI has become a worldwide organization.

District 7070 is a founding member of the Shining Waters Division of RLI, which currently includes D 6330, D 7080 and D 7090 and our newest member, D7010..

RLI believes that excellent CLUB leadership (all types of club leaders) is essential to the future of Rotary in a complex and fast changing world. Most Rotarians have not been exposed to the great scope of Rotary around the world and have not considered what leadership skills are necessary to move Rotary forward.

RLI strongly believes that a good Rotary Club leader must know the evolution of Rotary, its current status and activities in the world and have a vision for what Rotary can be in the future.

RLI provides a three day non-consecutive basic course in both Rotary knowledge and leadership skills, especially for voluntary organizations. RLI follows an adult learning approach with facilitated discussion led by trained Rotary facilitators.

The mission of RLI is to have the clubs in the member districts identify those with the potential for future club leadership and send them to RLI courses at club expense. All member clubs may send any club Rotarian to RLI courses and any Rotarian may attend any course at his/her own initiative.

The overriding goal of the courses for club Rotarians is to create ENTHUSIASM for Rotary by opening up to them the world of Rotary outside of their own clubs and also showing them the great potential of Rotary service for the benefit of the world that can be furthered with excellent leadership in our clubs.

The Rotary Leadership Institute is a series of leadership courses offered in three fullday parts (Part I, II, and III). Participants must complete each part before proceeding to the next part. The courses are designed to provide Rotary knowledge and to develop leadership skills. Established in 1992, it was developed for newer Rotarians to learn about Rotary. Because Rotary changes its leadership every year there is a constant need for Rotarians to accept leadership positions in their clubs and beyond. Rotary Leadership Institute now has spread around the world being offered by more that 160 districts. District 7070 is a founding district in the “Shining Waters Division” of RLI along with Districts 7080, 7090 and 6330 and now 7010..

The Rotary Leadership Institute is fun, interactive, and participatory and uses skilled faculty and facilitation techniques to make the experience valuable and enjoyable.
Courses cover topics such as:

• Leadership characteristics/skills/strategies
• Rotary organization beyond the club level
• Membership recruitment/retention
• Our Rotary Foundation
• How to organize a service project
• Team building/effective committees
• Ethics/vocational service
•Strategic Planning and Analysis of your own club
• Public Image and Public relations

The faculty members are carefully selected by the Institute for their teaching and facilitation abilities. Most are Past District Governors or RLI graduates. Each Faculty member attends a full day training program.

Leadership skills in a voluntary organization are often different from business and professional leadership skills. It is important that club leaders have every opportunity for education because the success or failure of our clubs depends on the quality of our leaders. For newer Rotarians this is an outstanding opportunity for you to improve your Rotary knowledge. For experienced Rotarians this is an opportunity to “refresh” and update your Rotary knowledge and to share your experience with newer Rotarians. You are guaranteed to bring back to your club new ideas and approaches that will make your club stronger. Just the interaction with other Rotarians from other clubs makes the courses valuable.

The cost is $70 per Rotarian per course. This cost covers course materials, coffee breaks and lunch. Usually the Rotary club covers the cost for their members to attend since the club will be the beneficiary of a more knowledgeable membership. AND FOR THE THIRD YEAR, DISTRICT 7070 WILL PAY FOR RLI PART ONE FOR ANY NEW ROTARY MEMBERS WHO HAVE BECOME ROTARIANS IN THIS ROTARY YEAR OR WITHIN THE LAST YEAR OR THIS 2015-2106 ROTARY YEAR.

 Part I and Part II and Part III will be held on November 12, 2016 at The Oshawa Golf Club, 160 Alexandra Street, Oshawa, Ontario (8:30 am to 4:00 pm)

In addition. Part I and Part II and Part III will be held on April 22, 2017 at the New Events Centre at Centennial College, 937 Progress Avenue , in Scarborough, Ontario   M1G 3T8 (8:30 am to 4:00 pm)

District 7070 Rotarians are eligible to take RLI courses anywhere they wish. Check the Shining Waters Division ( for course dates and locations.

ALL COURSES (Parts I, II and III)  RUN FROM 8:30 am to 4 pm.

Registrations are NOW being accepted for 2016-2017 on a first-come, first-serve basis on line at the website  by signing in and signing up and paying your $70 for your course. A minimum of 18 participants is needed for a course to run. You can contact PDG Ted Morrison by email or by phone 905-623-3810
. Please do not be disappointed. Register TODAY.

 Be sure to check out the website for a good look at the courses: