I completed RLI on February 5th, 2011. Last year, when I first learned of RLI, I approached other Rotarians about the benefits of attending. The feelings about Level I was that there was too much information being provided to be effective.
My opinion was somewhat the same. A lot of the information from Level I is what we get in our training before we join Rotary. I made the decision to go on to Level II, and was pleased with the information I was exposed to. RLI does not teach you how to be a leader or suggest that by going that you need to be an officer in the Club, it challenges you how to think as the leader you are. You learn how to be a better Rotarian. You learn the details of Rotary and Foundation. You learn how to evaluate your Club. The best part of Level II is that you spend more time talking to members of other clubs, and you are exposed to "Best Practices" of their Rotary Clubs.
I am not trying to suggest that we are not good Rotarians and that we need to be "better". The reason I needed to attend RLI was becuase I needed to know more than "Rotary meets on Tuesday". I want to be a good information steward when someone asks me about Rotary and "what do they do?" This was an opppportunity to become better educated.
Level III teaches you more about Rotary Foundation programs. You get tips, tools, and suggestions about effective public relations. The best part about Level III is that there is more discussion opportunities than in the first two Levels. You have more interaction with members of other Clubs...some in my classes have been Rotarians serving others through Rotary as long as 39 years! I was lucky enough to have members in my class that have been past District Governors, Assistant Governors, Club Officers, Board Members, and general membership. That is a lot of people with a lot of information to share!
I have included information on this page to help you find information on RLI if you are interested in learning more about Rotary.
What is the Rotary Leadership Institute?
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.
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 or officers) and provide those so identified with a quality education in Rotary knowledge and leadership skills for voluntary organizations.