Rotarians Don’t Let Matthew Slow Them Down

Charlotte 2016 dist chair

Regional Coordinator Gene Morehead and District Chair Georgia Oakes welcomes the Rotarians. Georgia ( miss M&;M is in her Mission Matters iniform

In spite of the impending threat of bad weather resulting from Hurricane Matthew, 23 eager Rotarians from all around Zone 33 gathered at the lovely LEEDS Gold certified UNC Center City building in Charlotte on Friday, October 7th to complete one of three parts of Rotary Leadership Institute.

Charlotte 2016

District 7680 Governor Tom Smith was there to greet them and encourage them on, and returned to pin the graduates.  Sensing the enthusiasm in the room after the sessions were held, Tom asked for a show of hands on who planned now to go to the Rotary International Convention in Atlanta in 2017 and a clear majority of hands shot up!!

Charlotte 2016 DG

DG Tom Smith congratulates graduates Lee Tabor and Sean Gautam of the Charlotte Rotary Club


Mini RLI in Anderson SC



A total of 19 Rotarians began their Rotary Leadership Institute journey at a Mini-RLI event for Part I only on September 24 at the Anderson Campus of Tri-County Technical College.  Thanks to Greater Anderson Club President Don Cleveland who handled all the local arrangements.  Ten clubs were represented, with Greater Anderson leading the way with eight participants.  The discussion was free-flowing and the fellowship was inspiring.  District Chair Bert Strange and AG/Western Carolinas Regional RLI Coordinator Gene Moorhead acted as facilitators.

RLI Andersin 2


The next RLI event in the district will be held October 29 at the Tyger River Campus of Spartanburg Community College.  This will be a full event, with all three parts being offered.  Deadline for registration is Friday, October 21.  Sign up today at

The Fall Schedule Kicks Off

District 7720 Hosts First RLI Event


The twenty-five students who attended the Rotary Leadership Institute Training Program in Greenville, NC, September 17 finished the challenging day as enthusiastic about the program as when they entered in the morning.

As one attendee put it, “The faculty and staff kept us challenged all day long.  The classes were fun and we did not realize how much we were learning at the same time.  There were a lot of ideas that I learned from fellow students that I will take back to my club.  Those ideas ranged from small changes to our meetings to some very profound thoughts on how to raise funds.  The campus at Pitt Community College was ideal for learning.”

Several of the Rotarians attending were from outside District 7720.  The RLI program is consistent throughout all of the Rotary Districts so that training occurring in one district will be the same as in another district.  This allows the Rotarian to complete all three courses in less time by only having to travel a few miles more to attend an out-of-district program.

If you want to learn more about Rotary than you already know, pick up some good ideas for your club, be kept up-to-date on what is taking place at Rotary International, and be with some great and enthusiastic people, sign up for RLI.

You can find a list of upcoming events or by going to the RLIZone33 website.

A special thanks to Rotarians who assisted: PDG Lee & Ed Adams, Pitt County Interact Club with Advisor – Lauren Piner, District Training Chair – Crystal Ange, PP Frank Maynard, DGE Stan Keeler, PP Mary Vincent, DG Jim Findley.

Dave Iery

District 7720 RLI chair


Pictures bellow are our Part III Graduates


Pictures in Class from left to right; Lorna Ernst (Kitty Hawk Club) Deeda Durocher ( New Bern Breakfast Club), Linda Chagnon  (Neuse Club), Corina Wack (Murfreesboro Club), Bill Thomas (Goldsboro -Three Eagles Club), Steve Hellersperk (RLI Faculty), and Paul Olson (Oriental Club)

We were also glad to have participation from PDG Lee Adams, DG Jim Findley, and DGE Stan Keller. Jim welcomed the group during the opening session. Jim and Stan (both RLI Graduates and Faculty Members) presented the pins to our six graduates. RLI greatly appreciates the support we received from the District 7720 leadership.

LaPlata, MD Event

District 7620 Finished 2016 with a Flare!

Scheduled a Friday (new) in the woods (in MD close to VA) and we get a wonderful spread of Rotarians from WV on the West and Delaware on the East. Maybe we are on to something… Of note that 7620 is proud of, this class of graduates, includes Rich Glover the DGND, 7 out of the last 8 in our DG Team. Another accolade – the RC of Historic Prince Georges County has decided that there is no better way to get new members understanding what Rotary is about – they are paying for Part I and half of Part II and Part III. Can any of you out there match that??? I think I need an audio recorder. The joy, enthusiasm, and pure heartfelt exuberance during the delivery of graduation certificates was nothing short of astounding.

Part I Class

Part I Class

District 7620 Joined Zone 33 RLI three years ago moving from the Northeast Division following our district reassignment from Zone 32 to Zone 33 three years before that. Logical but slow in coming to fruition. A few bumps in the road at the start but now we are fully integrated into Zone 33 RLI. Lots of help on the way – thank you Zone 33 RLI leadership for that help.

Part II Class

Part II Class

One parting challenge, all Rotarians take Part I and then evaluate. For what you ask? Finish Parts II and III and then join the faculty to continue the traditions of the séances to Cary – watching Steve Cook devour oysters!!! (Well there is a lot offered there besides this show but it is fun to watch.)

La Plata Part III Photo

The Graduates: Ray Bryant (Rehoboth Beach Sunrise), Pat Campbell-White (Rehoboth Beach Sunrise), Ronnie Davis (Southern Harford County), Richard Glover (Southern Frederick County), Suzanne Green (Southern Harford County), Kevin Hurley (Annapolis), Joe Moxey (Historic Prince Georges County), Olive Onwukwe (Historic Prince Georges County), Denny Parker (Lexington Park), Paul White (Newburg)

District 7710-7730 Conference

RLI at – D7710/7730 District Conference

April 29-May 1, 2016 in Wilmington NC

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RLI Table at the D7710/7730 District Conference

Were you there?

If you were not at the D710/D7730 combined District Conference on April 29 through May 1, you missed it!

The Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) Provides a venue for new Rotarians and future Rotarian leaders to learn the intricacies about Rotary and the Foundation in informal facilitated sessions.  During the combined District 7710/7730 conference at the Riverside Hilton in Wilmington, North Carolina, RLI provided the opportunity for attending Rotarians to Walk the Walk and Talk the Talk and have some fun doing it.

How do you create a service Project and donate funds?  With a water theme RLI held a raffle demonstrating Rotary math.  Featuring George Lewis, The Water Man’s paintings and a book of his paintings published by Dr, Phyllis Olmstead, plus one of George’s paintings, RLI pulled curious and interested parties in.  We offered all Rotarians a chance for $10 to help support a water project in Guatemala and win a free RLI session, plus some additional prizes.

We collected a total of $1,500.  Rotarians present supporting great causes.  You made it Happen!

The Grand Prize to one winner was:  one free RLI session, $500 in cash, 500 Foundation Recognition points and one free Oil 4 Water book, by Dr. Phyllis Olmstead.  Our winner was Bob Stinson. South Brunswick Islands Club.   Congratulations Bob.


Mooresville NC


No Ice or Snow this Year

This years RLI Event in Mooresville NC was held on April 2nd at Mitchell Community College. There were 24 Rotarians in attendance from throughout the area.


Pictured on the left is the Graduating Class: Alvin Lewis (Faculty); Duane Davis-Allegheny County NC; Joe Running (Faculty); Lisa Forrester,Simsonville SC; Chris Leazer, Gastonia NC; Scott Van Der Linden, Charlotte South NC; Peter Nelson,Lake Hickory NC; Anna Davis,North Mecklenburg NC; Mindy Leonard, Charlotte Providence NC; Milt Iossi (Faculty); Dale Gentle, SW Cararrus NC; and Don Fisher, Wexhawn-Weddington NC.

The group concluded that it was a day well spent and helped the better understand how to better apply their passion for Rotary.

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Join RLI at its Annual Convention Breakfast on

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

The MVL Hotel Goyang

10 Minutes Shuttle  or 15-20 Minutes Walk to/from  the  Kintex  Convention Center

7:30 a.m.- -9:00 a.m. (Doors open at 7:15 a.m.)

Asian and American full breakfast buffet

USD $28 per person


Principal Speaker will be

Rotary International President-Elect John Germ





Enclosed is a check for _____tickets @ USD $28 per person for the RLI Breakfast Meeting.

Make checks payable to “International RLI”   Check must be written on a USA Bank.



Rotary District_______email___________________________________________


Send to:

Michael Rabasca,  210 Thomas Road,  Mendham, NJ  07945  USA



Go to and see flyer on home page-click on link belowflyer (BUY TICKET) and follow directions for credit card payments.

If you choose to use PayPal it is not necessary to have a PayPal account and there is no fee.  Follow directions and have the receipt sent to:

Tickets may be picked up at the RLI Exhibit Booth in the HOUSE OF FRIENDSHIP and at the door of the event.  ALL TICKET SALES ARE FINAL. We regret that payment cannot be accepted at the door and that we cannot offer refunds for breakfast tickets.

NOTE: For ticket purchases in South Korean Won, see Breakfast flyer in Korean language on the RLI website.



To purchase tickets using a credit card, please click the link below for the RLI web site, then click the Paypal “buy now” button. 

You do NOT have to have a paypal account, just a credit card.


Successful RLI in Dover DE

Great Time in Dover DE

District 7630 Chair Jim Roney host 29 Rotarians at the event in Dover on April 2nd . Pictures below

Dover Part III

Part III Class


Dover Part I

Part I Class

RLI Graduates

RLI Graduates










Great Lunch

Great Lunch

Fairfax VA RLI

Successful Fairfax RLI

District 7610 hosted a Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) event on Saturday March 19th at George Mason University, Fairfax, VA with 38 participants from 19 clubs in 7610 and several clubs outside our district.

The event makes a total of 35 out of 57, District 7610 clubs participating in RLI so far this year!

Remaining RLI events in the Chesapeake area for Rotary Year 2015-2016 are

April 2nd, Dover, DE

April 9th, Norfolk, VA

April 29th, La Plata, MD

Visit http://www/ for complete info and registration.

Many thanks to our clubs for a great year!



The event got off to a great start with the Chesapeake Regional RLI Coordinator Steve Cook addressing the group with opening remarks.







Ten 7610 Rotarians graduated from RLI at the Fairfax event by completing participation in their third event: Back FairfaxRow From left to right William Berry (Crystal City-Pentagon club), Stephen Kingsley (Rappahannock-Fredericksburg club), Michael Arietti (McLean club), Robert Sollom (North Stafford club), Peter Lagerberg (Springfield club), Bob Rosenbaum (McLean club)   Front Row left to right David Feld (Bailey’s Crossroads club), Maryanne Hull (Herndon club), Estela Rueda (West Springfield club)  Not Pictured Ellen Wessel (Orange club)



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A nice group of “Part II” Rotarians completed their second RLI event focusing on important topics in club leadership, membership, and service event planning.



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A nice group of “Part II” Rotarians completed their second RLI event focusing on important topics in club leadership, membership, and service event planning.



Haywood Hull 

Distinct Chair


Charleston SC


February 20th, 2016 was a beautiful sunny day in Charleston, South Carolina.  Rotarians from North Carolina and South Carolina attended the Rotary Leadership Institute classes at the old and beautiful historic Citadel campus.  Classes were held in Bond Hall.

Our host hotel was the wonderful Town & Country Inn and Suites on  Savannah Highway.  On Friday night, faculty, District Governor Rod Funderburk and guests enjoyed a wonderful dinner at Trotters Restaurant in the hotel.

On Saturday 37 Rotarians and faculty came together for friendship, fun, education and sharing of ideas in facilitated based classrooms to learn about rotary and ways to enhance their clubs.   Parts 1, 11 and 111 were offered.  Everyone enjoyed a fantastic low country BBQ for lunch.

Charleston 2016 Graduates

The following 8 Rotarians graduated and received their RLI pins:  Theresa Koren, North Myrtle Beach SC, Johnny Moore, Chapin Sunrise SC, Karen Lamar, Cary Rotary NC, Kimberly Nolte, Moncks Corner SC, Ellier Gerber, Beaufort SC, Kristi Dill, Pawleys Island SC, Julie Metts, Moncks Corner SC, Thomas Taylor III, Summerville Evening.

Mark your calendars and plan to join us for RLI: Saturday, April 30, 2016 at Midlands Technical College Airport Campus in Columbia, SC.  Parts 1, 11 and 111 will be offered.

Submitted by Joan Grayson, RLI District Chair

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