I became Rotary club President by accident. The President-Elect stepped down just weeks before taking office, leaving me to assume the role a year before I expected. I was frankly overwhelmed. I’d been a Rotarian for just a year and a half and didn’t feel like I knew enough about Rotary to lead the club. To help prepare for my unanticipated role, I attended all three parts of Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) during the first six months of being President. RLI made all the difference. It reinforced and expanded upon the President-Elect Training Seminar (PETS) and gave me the tools and confidence I needed to lead the club. At the time, there was only one RLI session held in my District each year. That meant that I traveled to RLI seminars in other Districts to complete the training, which was a fabulous opportunity to meet new people and learn how clubs in different regions dealt with common club leadership issues. Since I found RLI to be such a valuable tool, I encourage clubs to send both new club members and incoming club officers to RLI. New members will more quickly grasp the power of Rotary and will have the knowledge to become active and effective participants in club activities. And of course, for incoming club officers, the information is vital for leading the club.
District 7710 now offers two RLI sessions each year. On September 30, 2017 there will be an RLI seminar in Durham, and Cary will continue to host a seminar in January. Register today for RLI.
If you are willing to travel an hour or so outside District 7710, you could easily complete all three parts of RLI in just one month!
Of course, spreading out the coursework is fine! Hope to see YOU at an upcoming RLI session.