RLI Greenwood SC

RLI in Greenwood

Spring in its warmth, early colors and timeless renewal of life itself was present for the Rotary Leadership Institute in Greenwood, SC.  The event was held on March 12 at the James C. Self Conference Center at Piedmont Technical College.  Twenty-three participants and six facilitators contributed to the success of the event.

Regional Coordinator Gene Moorhead managed what is perhaps a Zone 33 RLI first by having two sitting District Governors as facilitators.  Thanks to Terry Weaver (7750) and Rod Funderburk (7770) for contributing a day from their busy schedules.  Thanks as well to PDG Rich Waugh and PDG Lorraine Angelino, as well as Gene Moorhead and District Coordinator George Fletcher, who served as facilitators.

The Institute recognized five enthusiastic new graduates:

  • William Callahan, Rotary Club of Westminster, SC
  • Nancy Goplerud, Rotary Club of Emerald City, Greenwood, SC
  • Mamie Nicholson, Rotary Club of Greenwood, SC
  • Farris Michael Seymour, Rotary Club of Laurens, SC
  • Helen Westmoreland, Rotary Club of Seneca, SC

The Part III group spent their Making a Difference session on discussing the “value proposition” of RLI.  All agreed that there was significant value in RLI and that we need to do a better job selling it to the clubs.  All agreed to make presentations to their own clubs using newly developed RLI promotional materials.

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L to R:  Regional RLI Coordinator Gene Moorhead, Michael Seymour, Marnie Nicholson, Nancy Goplerud, William Callahan, Helen Westmoreland, 7750 District Governor Terry Weaver.

RLI Jacksonville, NC

Jacksonville, NC RLI March 5 2016

Jacksonville, NC. rocked on Saturday 5 March 2016 when 32 Rotarians descended onto the Craven County Community College Campus for the District 7730 RLI.  Even though the sun was shining on Jacksonville, all concerned were inside bringing sun into Rotary.   Much laughter, clapping and other good things resonated in the halls during the sessions.

Brewed Awakenings did a fantastic job of provided the snacks all day stating with morning coffee, lunch food and snacks in the afternoon.

A total of 14 Rotarians attended the Part I sessions, 10 attended the Part II sessions and 8 attended the Part III sessions.

We were pleased to be able to welcome the 8 Part III class as our newest RLI Graduates.

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Our new Graduates received their pins from PDG Vanessa Ervin and DGN RB Richie.  Congratulations to our new graduates for your commitment to Rotary.


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District 7730 District Governor Nominee and RLI Faculty Member R B Richie congratulates new  RLI Graduate and District Governor Nominee Elect  April Clark


Looking forward to the next round.


Beaver WV RLI

Beaver WV RLI Has Special Polio Eradication Bonus


Rotary District 7550 (Southern West Virginia) RLI Chair, Jim Ferguson shares that they had an added bonus in addition to the March 5, 2016 RLI courses. An Award wining presentation on Polio by two 5th graders from Princeton WV. These young ladies won first place in their School Social Studies Fair and in the County-level Social Studies Fair. This coming Saturday they will compete at the regional level competition.

In Part I Courses, 16 Rotarians and 3 Interactors audited the class for a total of 19 participants. Nine Rotarians completed Part 2 and we have 5 RLI graduates who completed the Part 3 Course. All together 46 participants came together to enjoy learning about Rotary, leadership development, community building and other topics in the March 5 event. Three Interactors from Princeton High School manned the registration desk the registration desk for the morning. A few inches of snow and cold weather did not stop Rotarians from around the state from making the trip to Beaver. We also had the distinction of having a 74 year old Rotarian ( Keith McKinzie) graduating from RLI. It’s true, you never stop learning no matter your age, ask Keith. It’s a successful second year of RLI at the New River Community and Technical College in Wild, Wonderful, Beaver West Virginia.

Mini RLI Glenn Falls

Mini RLI in Glenns VA

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A “mini” RLI consisting only of the Part One topics was conducted on the Middle Peninsula in Glenns, VA on February 20th. Assistant Governor Ron Saunders coordinated for attendance and Rotarian Greg Enterline hosted the event at his Waste Management Inc office. The idea for the event had been discussed for quite a while and AG Ron was able to obtain commitment to attend from Area 2 clubs so that the Zone 33 RLI team could approve the course.

A Mini RLI is only a Part I event and requires the commitment of local Clubs in the area to  send members to the event. A minimum of 12 participant is required to conduct the session. In this case the event wasGlenns Group Two held in District 7610 whose District Chair is Howard Hull. If you are interested in conduction a Part I Event in your area, contact your District RLI Chair, who is listed on our website. http://www.rli33.org/contact-us/



Great Turnout for RLI Event In Fredericksburg, VA on Saturday, November 21st

The RLI Event put on by District 7610 Saturday the 21st of November was a great event filled with learning, sharing, and good fun.  District 7610 RLI Chair, Hayward Hull, District Governor Janet Brown, and DGE George Tyson welcomed the attendees to their District and ensured everyone had a very productive experience!

Fredericksburg Nov 15 Grads

7610 Part III Graduates and staff (Left to Right):  7610 DGE and past Regional RLI Coordinator George Tyson, Ralph Menzel – West Springfield, Ulysses James – Alexandria South, Bruce Tinker – Alexandria South, Blanca Vasquez – Alexandria South, Ester Ankomah – West Springfield, Patricia Wright – Caroline County, Diane Hill – Falls Church, Walt Davis – Fredericksburg, Eileen Hull – Herndon, Milan Sturgis – West Springfield, 7610 DG Janet Brown

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7610 DG Janet Brown with 7610 DGE George Tyson and 7570 Part III Graduate Melanie Barber from the Warren County club.

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7600 Facilitators Mary “Boo” Elmore and 7600 District Coordinator Kim Garey with their two 7620 Part III graduates Tamme Hanna – Chester Club and John Holtcamp – Emporia Club

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Vance Zavela facilitates a discussion of Vocational Service at the Part I class at Fredericksburg

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Mary “Boo” Elmore facilitates a Part II session

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Carol Foley facilitates a Part III session

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No doubt some insightful comment has made these Rotarians smile – or maybe they are just happy to be at RLI!

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Some Small Group Sharing and exchange of issues, ideas, and solutions; and George Tyson providing some closing remarks at the end of a very productive day

RLI Annual Meeting Registration Open

Registration has opened for the 2016 RLI Annual Meeting, January  8-10, 2016 in Cary, NC. The site is central for RLI’s service area containing Rotarians from South Carolina to Maryland/DC & West Virginia. In addition to offering training for RLI New Faculty, Existing Faculty and Staff, it also is the business meeting for the Institute, in which all 15 Rotary District Members help guide and lead the organization. There is also fun & networking! Join us for fantastic meals, socials and Premier Ice tickets to the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes hockey on Friday night (first come, first serve). Click here for more information on the venues, hotel, hockey & registration. Click here to immediately register.

Beautiful Fall Saturday in Hickory for Rotary Learning

It was a beautiful, crisp fall Saturday in Hickory, NC as Rotarians and Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) Facilitators gathered at Lenoir Rhyne University to expand their knowledge and increase their effectiveness as Rotarians.  The Rotarians gathered, discussed, learned, and shared ideas and experience with each other during this RLI event.  They had fun, made new friends, and left carrying ideas back to their respective Rotary Clubs to improve or revitalize them.

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The campus of Lenoir Rhyne was beautiful and the facilities were excellent.  The Facilitators and participants came from all over the Carolinas. One of the Facilitators was the sitting District Governor of District 7670, Billi Black!  What a wonderful way to spend a Saturday in November!  As the event drew to a close, the participants eagerly shared how they would continue on to the next stage of RLI to continue their learning and experience sharing journey in Rotary.

Halloween Excitement Occurs as Rotarians Learn More at Duncan, SC!!

RLI Duncan, SC

October 31, 2015


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Left to right, District Governor of District 7750 Terry Weaver, Rachel Ouellette, Jeri Lynn Smith, and Roy Renard


Halloween saw 20 RLI participants at the Tyger River Building on the campus of Spartanburg Community College.  Terry Weaver pinned three new graduates (L to R):  DG Terry Weaver; Rachel Ouellette, Rotary Club of Rock Hill, SC;  Jeri Lynn Smith, Rotary Club of Greater Greer, SC;  and Roy Renard, Rotary Club of Spartan West, SC.

Our thanks to all of  the RLI facilitators.  From District 7750, we had PDG Becky Faulkner, PDG Lorraine Angelino and newly appointed RLI Regional Coordinator Gene Moorhead.  We also had Georgia Oakes and PDG Ken Dresser from Charlotte and Randy Hollister from Pawleys Island, SC.   The Evaluations showed that they did an excellent job.


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Georgia Oakes with Part I Students

In order to make RLI more accessible to District Rotarians, the next meeting will be at Piedmont Technical College in Greenwood, SC.  The date will be March 12, and we will start promoting the meeting immediately.


This will be the last meeting for Regional Coordinator Bill Parker.  Bill and his wife Barbara personally attended every meeting and did a great job handling the myriad details of running the meeting.  He will move up to the overall events coordinator and Gene Moorhead from the Rotary Club of Gaffney will replace him as regional coordinator.  We thank Bill for his service over the last three years and look forward to working with Gene in his new role.


Finally, Facilitator Ken Dresser’s car earned rave reviews.


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Great District 7680 RLI Event on a Rainy Day in Charlotte, NC

Brand new Rotarians and long-time service Rotarians came together in Charlotte this month to enjoy food, fun and fellowship as they learned more about Rotary, shared great ideas and took away more great ideas from each other!  The weather was raining on the outside, but the outlook was quite sunny on the inside.  There were 22 Rotarians in Part 1, which means there are now 22 Rotarians ready to attend Part 2 and take a deeper dive in the wonderful world of Rotary!
Thanks to our terrific facilitators: Ed Shearin, Bob Newton, Gene Moorhead, Alvin Lewis, Joe Running, Bob Stinson and John Halada!  Thanks also to District Governor Ineke Wilson for welcoming attendees!  Special thanks to Rotarian Jerry Coughter for providing such a lovely facility for our event!

Use the following links to pictures from the Charlotte event.  They are located on a Zone33 Flickr page.  You can view, download, and share the pictures by sending others the links.

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 hosted by District 7720

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Interact Club Members

District 7720 held the 2015 Rotary Leadership Institute at Pitt Community College on September 19th.  Thirty two Rotarians registered and ultimately twenty nine were able to attend.  Part I had eighteen and was divided into two groups.  Part II had six participants and Part III graduated five at the end of the day.

The Faculty, staff and key volunteers enjoyed an extraordinary dinner the night before at the Colonial Inn in Farmville.  This private dinner gave the group a wonderful way to meet, greet and bond for the following day’s RLI.

The RLI venue was the relatively new E. Russell Building with lunch provided across the street at the Goess cafeteria.  Everyone enjoyed the food, fellowship and their sessions throughout the day.  Several PCC employees provided amazing support before and at the beginning of the day; namely, Dr. Dan Mayo, Faith Fagan and Matthew McCarthy.

RLI Staff and Graduates

RLI Staff and Graduates

As an added bonus, nine of the Pitt County Interact Club volunteered to usher and maintain the break room for the day.  Their adviser, Rotarian and Educator Lauren Piner, allowed them to audit some of the classes and thus learn more about our awesome organization of Rotary.

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