RLI Duncan SC

Travis Sutton (Spartanburg), Charles Saverance (Hartsville), Lelion Elledge (Greenwood), District Governor 7750 Carol Burdette, Karen Culley (Pickens), Jim Mullikin (Easley), Leroy Kennedy (Union)


District 7750 hosted another successful Mid-Atlantic Rotary Leadership Institute event at the Tyger River Campus of Spartanburg Community College in Duncan, SC on Saturday, October 27, 2018.  A total of 20 eager Rotarians from 13 clubs representing three districts and two zones enjoyed a day of outstanding learning and typical warm Rotary fellowship.  Six participants completed Part III and received the coveted RLI Graduate pin from 7750 District Governor Carol Burdette.  Thanks to the outstanding staff and faculty who made this another great RLI day.   Regional Coordinator Ken Dresser oversaw the operation, assisted by District 7750 Chair Bert Strange who facilitated the sessions along with Lorraine Angelino, Gene Moorhead, Georgia Oakes, Barbara Shayeb-Helou, and Renee Stubbs.

Georgia Oakes facilitating


District 7750 will host another event in Anderson, SC on Saturday, March 2, 2019.

RLI Myrtle Beach


On October 20, 2018 all three parts of RLI were offered at Horry Georgetown Technical College Grand Strand Campus.  Eight Rotarians graduated and received their RLI pins from District Governor 7770 David Tirard:

Butch Blanchard, Whiteville; Peter Braun, Southport; Jim Brooks, Whiteville; David Tirard, DG 7770; Herman Dixon, Summerville: Merry MacBarb, Southport; Carolyn Newman, East Chapel Hill; George Sanderson, Myrtle Beach; Jessica Smith, Myrtle Beach; Joan Grayson, D 7700 RLI Chair

Catering was provided by Eggs Up Grill Catering and Travinia Restaurant Market Common.

Mark your calendars and plan to join us for RLI Events in D 7770:

Saturday, February 16, 2019 Charleston, SC

Saturday, March 9, 2019 Hilton Head, SC

Saturday, April 27, 2019 Columbia, SC


Submitted by:

Joan Grayson

RLI Chair District 7770

RLI Charlotte NC

Part III graduates and RLI staff & faculty at the LEEDS Gold certified UNC Center City building in Charlotte.

L to R: Faculty members Assaad Mounzer, Gene Moorhead, Tim Beck, graduate Suneel Jaitly, District 7680 District Governor David Hare, graduates Mary Smith, Kim Atwell, Adam Lee, Joan Foley, RLI District 7680 Chair Georgia Oakes, graduate Larry Schronce, and District Coordinator and PDG Ken Dresser.  (Not shown are faculty members Alvin Lewis, PDG Tom Smith, and Linda Carducci.)

Five Rotary Districts were represented at this Rotary Leadership Institute with 25 students participating on a lovely fall day in Charlotte NC.  Part I participants are looking forward to completing Part II and III and Part II participants eagerly move on to graduate.  Some also expressed an interesting in becoming a faculty member and were pleased that the next faculty training will be close by in Kannapolis NC on January 11-13, 2019.

These three Part I participants chose to define their Rotary Clubs as “Strong” and having “High Impact” in the Engaging New Members session.  L to R:  Scott Powell, Greenville SC Rotary Club; Jacqueline Brumell, Rotary Club of Spartan West; and Leslie McArthur, Rotary Club of Charlotte Providence.  Jacqueline and Leslie have been Rotarians for only a year and are already engaging tremendously!

RLI Rockville MD

Rotary Leadership Institute – Rockville Rocks!

August 11th the Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) had a great turnout with a massive Part 1 and great Part 2 and Part 3 turnout. There were six Rotarians in Part 3 who graduated and can now go on to become RLI faculty or carry the Rotary torch into their Clubs and beyond.

The RLI was held at Montgomery College in Rockville, MD with 21 Rotarians in Part 1, 6 in Part 2, and 6 in Part 3. District 7620 Governor, Rich Glover, came by to talk to the RLI attendees and pose for the class pictures at the end.

It was a great time with good food and fellowship among lots of Rotarians from different Clubs. We look forward to a great session in Frederick on Saturday November 3rd in the heart of Frederick’s Historic District and the Rotary Club of Carrol Creek’s meeting place.

Sharon Tolliver-Wilson, Historic Prince George Co., Toto Reconco, Metro Bethesda. Kelsey Scanlon, Glen Burnie, DG Richard Glover, Southern Frederick Co.,Chetana Bhar, Howard West, Daniel Fisher, Metro Bethesia, Barbara Sampson, Havre de Grace

Lancaster SC Mini RLI

On Saturday, August 25, a baker’s dozen of enthusiastic Rotarians representing nine clubs from two districts gathered on the USC Lancaster campus for a Mini-Rotary Leadership Institute.  They were eager to jump-start their RLI journey by completing Part I before the main “season” begins, so that they can complete the entire course as soon as possible.  Rotarians Ken Dresser (North Mecklenburg, NC), Alvin Lewis (Matthews, NC), Georgia Oakes (Charlotte Providence, NC), and Bert Strange (Greenville, SC) facilitated the lively discussions.  Thanks to the diligent efforts of Regina Maxfield and April Joplin of the host Rotary Club of Lancaster, the participants and faculty enjoyed a full day of learning more about Rotary and making new friendships.

Perhaps the most special story of the day was the participation of Bobby Bailey and Keeonn Wilson, the father-son duo of Lancaster Rotarians.  Bobby has been a Rotarian for almost 14 years.  Keeonn joined the Lancaster Club on August 9.  That’s right — he came to RLI with two weeks of Rotary experience under his belt.  And guess which one insisted that they both come to the event. KEEONN.  Now that is a young man who knows how to be a Rotarian!  The folks in Lancaster have found a keeper!

Keeonn and Bailey Wilson


Bert Strange

District 7750 Chair

Rotary Leadership Institute.

RLI Pinhurst NC

Our RLI event in Pinehurst on Thursday May 24, 2018 was one of the best RLI events ever held in District 7690, with 36 total attendees and a graduation class of 12. Special thanks to District Governor Lloyd Navarro for suggesting and supporting this event in conjunction with our D7690 District Conference.

James Allen (Mount Holly NC, Chris Benson (Lauren SC), John Baley (Robalda NC), Bob Boone (Southern Pines NC

RLI in Columbia SC




RLI was held at Midlands Tech Airport Campus on Saturday, April 18, 2018.  We had 26 Rotarians attend from within and out of District 7770.  Part 1 had 6 attendees, Part 2 had 15 attendees and Part 3 had 5 attendees.

Our new RLI graduates are:

Sherrie Chapman – District 7770 – Cheraw, SC

Karen Collins – District 7730 – Southport, NC

Robert Eberly III – District 7770 – Hilton Head, SC

Regina Mayfield – District 7750 – Lancaster, SC

Julia Stuckey – District 7680 – Charlotte Providence, NC


Travinia Restaurant  supplied the catering for lunch.  Breakfast was catered by Lizards Thicket.

Plan to attend the next District 7770 RLI in Myrtle Beach, SC on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at Horry Georgetown Technical College.

Submitted by:

Joan Grayson

RLI District Chair 7770

RLI Thomasville NC

Makeba Gregg, Thomasville; Beth Hibbitts Thomasville; Vonzella Covington, Furnitureland

With 26 Rotarians from 14 clubs in 4 different districts in attendance, our April 20th District 7690 Rotary Leadership Institute in Thomasville, NC was one of the most successful in recent memory.  We had 9 Rotarians in Part I; 10 Rotarians in Part II; and graduated 7 Rotarians in Part III. The Rotarians were engaged and the faculty did a great job of facilitating some lively and informative discussion.  The staff at Davidson County Community College was very accommodating and the caterers from the campus Storm Cellar did a great job serving a continental breakfast, morning coffee and pastries, a hot lunch, and afternoon soft drinks and snacks.

DGN D7690 Randy Perkins, Todd Shoemaker, Furnitureland; Steve Headlee, Ashboro; Sandy Motley, Lexington; Richard Cole, Stuart: Karen Bell, Alleghany; Robert League, Alleghany; D7680 PDG Tom Smith, D 7690 RLI Chair Rick Snider

Participants in Parts 1 and II were encouraged to continue their RLI journey at our next Rotary Leadership Institute in Pinehurst on May 24th 2018 immediately prior to our D7690 District Conference. The graduates were encouraged to attend the faculty training this July and at least 2 of the 7 graduates indicated a desire to become RLI faculty.

Rick Snider
District 7690 RLI Chair
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Lexington, NC 27295
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RLI Moorseville NC

On Saturday, March 7th an RLI event was held at Mitchell Community College in Moorseville. Eager to take advantage of RLI’s 443 incentive rebate, Huntersville Happy Hour Club sent FIVE participants to the Rotary Leadership Institute in Mooresville.  The 443 program provides that if 4 Club members register and attend an event, the tuitioon is reduced from 4 to 3. N.C.  From left, President Walter Siegenthaler, now an RLI graduate, President Elect Mike Fitzgerald, Cori Stuart, Paul DeBellis, Robert Gors.

Honorable mention to Top of the Lake Mooresville Club for sending 4 participants! Lastly, kudos to Felicia Atkinson, whose car was hit by a deer on her way to her graduating class! She soldiered on to graduate at Mooresville !

RLI in Norfolk VA

On April 7th an RLI event was held at Virginia Wesleyan College in Norfolk VA. There has a strong turn out by members of the Cape Henry, the Warwick at City Center and the Historic Triangle Clubs.

Jim Probsdorfer (RLI Faculty), Joan Cocherell (Cape Henry), John Murray (Warwick at City Center) , Mitchell Harry (The Historic Triangle ), Lucas Roberson, (Cape Henry), Jennifer Goudy, (Warwick at City Center), Roger Harrell, RLI Faculty), Melissa Iverson, (RLI Faculty), Davetta Pinehart, (Warwick at City Center), Ella Abney, ( Warwick at City Center)

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