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The Rotary Leadership Institute

The Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) is a series of fast-paced, interactive, one-day courses offered to refine a Rotarian’s leadership skills and increase their base of knowledge in Rotary.

Courses are fun, topical, interactive, and geared toward busy business and professional persons who want to be more effective leaders in their vocation and club and more knowledgeable Rotarians.

Rotary Clubs are encouraged to select at least two candidates for RLI annually. Students return to their club with enthusiasm, new contacts, fresh ideas, an increased understanding of their potential as Rotarians, and valuable skills impacting their potential leadership in the club.  Registration is quick and simple. Go to and register on-line.

RLI offerings within Zones 30 & 31 become available as schedules are developed and changed.
Please check the Heart of America RLI website for a current schedule or contact the District 6460 RLI Coordinator, PDG Dave Knieriem (

How do I register those who will be participating?

Go to to register on-line. Each registrant will be individually notified of the time and place for the Institute.

Institute Parts I, II, and III will each utilize an entire day.  Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. with breakfast treats. The session begins at 8:30 and continues throughout the day, with breaks and lunch and ending at about 3:30 p.m. with an evaluation of the day. Each part has a unique syllabus along with a notebook and accompanying CD. The CD contains handouts and supplementary materials for continuing study       

You must take these in order:  I, then II, then III.   
Click here for Curriculum Description of the three parts. (PDF File)

Anyone you think would be appropriate for training as a faculty member should also contact the Heart of America Division office to make arrangements for special tutoring, apply for faculty training to a member of the Coordinating committee of the Division, or ask about requirements.  Usually, formal faculty training sessions will precede Institutes and will be utilized to prepare experienced Rotarians for presenting at Institute sessions.  If you have a background in education or training you may find this a challenging and interesting addition to your Rotary skills.

Frequently Asked Questions:


  1. Who should be nominated to attend the Institute courses?
    The Institute recommends that clubs nominate those Rotarians who appear to have the potential for club leadership, not necessarily as future presidents. They may even be 3-4 years away from a possible presidency or other key leadership post. Candidates should certainly have a strong interest in Rotary and be ready to be exposed to the larger world of Rotary. The Institute requests each club to nominate one or two Rotarians each year and to support previous nominees in completing Parts II and III.
  2. What are the costs?
    The current course fees are $50 per registrant per day. The fees cover lunch, coffee breaks and considerable materials given to participants. Course fees also pay for meeting space, audio-visual equipment and promotional costs. The Institute strongly recommends that clubs pay the fees for their participants.
  3. Why do we need a leadership institute?
    Rotary needs a constant influx of leadership as club officers, etc. change every year. It is difficult at the club level to learn enough about the exciting world of Rotary with its 1.2 million members in 168 countries. Furthermore, leadership skills in a voluntary organization are often different from business leadership skills. It is important that club leaders have every opportunity for education because the success or failure of our clubs depends in large part on the quality of their leaders.
  4. What are the courses?
    The Institute offers a leadership course in three full day parts (Parts I, II, III). Those completing each part are eligible for the next part. The courses are designed to provide Rotary knowledge and to develop leadership skills for voluntary organizations. Some examples of course sessions include, “The Perfect Meeting”, “Rotary Beyond the Club”, “The Rotary Foundation” (2 parts), “Membership Development and Retention” (2 parts), “Leadership” (four parts), “Creating Hands On Service Projects”, “Vocational Service”, “International Service”, “Analyzing a Rotary Club”, “Creative Service”, “Public Relations”, “Public Speaking” and other subjects.
  5. What are the teaching methods?
    The Institute believes in course sessions with as much discussion/participation as possible, led by trained and experienced facilitators. Discussion breakout sessions are limited to approximately 10-15 persons. Lectures are strictly limited. Course methods include discussion groups, role-playing, problem solving workshops, creating projects and audiovisual presentations. Everyone participates during one of the Institute’s sessions. A course workbook and CD-Rom containing an Institute Manual, session program agendas, faculty listings and course outlines and materials, are provided to each attendee. RLI students are leaders and will be personally engaged in, and sometimes leading the sessions.
  6. How are RLI Graduates Recognized?
    Rotarians completing all three undergraduate parts of the Institute will graduate from The Rotary Leadership Institute and will receive appropriate recognition. This recognition includes the presentation of a RLI Diploma at their Rotary Club, and the presentation of RLI Graduate Lapel Pins at their District Conference by the District Governor.