No Fools April 1st in Mooresville RLI

On April 1st District 7680 hosted an event at Mitchell College attended by 19 Rotarians from throughout the area. Of the 19 participants, 5 competed Part III and graduated. The event was catered by Langtree Catering, who provide both a great breakfast and lunch.

Shown above are the graduating class with RLI Regional Coordinator Gene Moorhead on the left and District Chair Georgia Oakes on the right. The graduates where; DGN David Hare (Charlotte Top of the Week Club), Joshua Huffman (Graham Rotary), Bruce Kemmler (Top of the Lake, Moorseville Club), Chris Nichols (Top of the Lake, Moorseville Club), and Craig Swicegood (Lexington Rotary Club)

Jacksonville March 4, 2017 RLI

A banner event was held on Saturday March 4, 2017 in Jacksonville, NC at the campus of the Coastal Carolina Community College.  We had a total of 36 participants with 18 attending Part I, 6 in Part II and 12 Rotarians graduating Part II.

Facilitators included DGE RB Richey, John T. Capps, Bob Stinson, John Halada, Gene McLendon, Joe Running, Rod Funderburk and Steve Hellersperk

It was a wonderful high energy group and a lot of fun and a bit of learning occurred too.  One RLI graduate commented that he went to the sessions as a RINO and came out as a Rotarian.  That is what it is all about.

Rotarians AG Jay Sollis and Skip Clarkson from D7730, Area 2 helped with the registrations, set-up and take down and were greatly appreciated.

Breakfast coffee and snacks, lunch and afternoon snacks were ably provided by Brewed Awakenings and enjoyed by all.   Thank you Rotarian Riva Sullivan.

Thanks go out to Don Herring who arranged the use of the facility.  Thank you Don,  It is greatly appreciated.

RLI Graduates showing us the way: Meredith Williams, Cindy Reed, Jim Wade, Doris Wallace, Bubba Sanderson, Nancy Willis, Diane Gagnan, Elizabeth Elks, Howard Funk, Mather Saikali , Skip Clarkson  and Joy Smith.  In rear:  RB Richey, DGE 7730 and John Scibal DG 7730

Charlottesville VA RLI Success

District 7610 hosted a Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) event in Charlottesville on February 11th, 2017.  The event was the first full RLI event in the Charlottesville area and was a great success with participants from district 7610, 7600, and 7570.  There were nine graduates from the RLI series at the weekend and three of those 7610 Rotarians were the first graduates from their clubs:  Brad Bodager (Charlottesville), Shannon Heath (Gainesville-Haymarket), and Sun Saunders (Gloucester Point).  Many thanks to AG Wayne Murphy and Rotarian John Donnelly who made facility arrangements as well as incoming AG Steve Radich who will take over as RLI Chair for 7610 in Rotary year 2017-2018.

Charleston SC RLI Moves to Trident Technical College

March 11, 2017 was a beautiful day in Charleston, South Carolina. Rotarians from 4 different districts in South Carolina and North Carolina , attended the Rotary Leadership Institute classes at The College Center at the Complex for Economic Development at Trident Technical College. Twenty seven Rotarian and faculty enjoyed a day of friendship, fun, education and sharing ideas in facilitated based classes to learn more about rotary and ways to enhance their clubs. The food was outstanding especially the peach cobbler with cinnamon whipped cream! One Rotarian commented that the registration fee was worth it for the food alone!

Five Rotarian graduated and received their RLI pins from District Governor Sandee Brooks and Past District Governor and RLI Regional Coordinator Rod Funderburk: Rick Carpenter from Sumter Palmetto Matthew Coakley from Summervile Oak brook Susan Cunnup from Little River Cliff Mrkvicka from Low Country Susan Wollitz from Leland, NC Our host hotel was the Holiday Inn Express on Ashley Phosphate and the faculty, spouses and guests enjoyed a wonderful Italian dinner at Amici’s Italian Bistro on Northwoods Boulevard.

Mark your calendars and plan to join us for RLI on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at Midlands Technical College in Columbia, SC (Airport Campus). Parts I, II, and III will be offered.


On March 11, 23 eager Rotarians gathered in the Self Conference Center at Piedmont Technical College in Greenwood for the District 7750 Spring 2017 Rotary Leadership Institute session.   Seven facilitators from three different districts guided the students through an exciting day of learning more about Rotary and enhancing their individual leadership skills.  At he end of the day, the eight Part III participants (all from District 7750) received their highly coveted RLI Graduate pins.


We look forward to seeing lots of District 7750 Rotarians in our RLI sessions during the 2017-2018 year.  Mark your calendars now for our District–sponsored events in Duncan on October 14, 2017 and in Anderson on March 10, 2018.

Fairfax RLI – Completes 7610 events for 2016-2017

District 7610 sponsored their third RLI of the year in Fairfax, VA on March 18th.  33 Rotarians attended including a Mother-Daughter team who are the first graduates of the Alexandria West Club!   The session also graduated the first graduate ever from the Annandale and the only current graduate for the Sterling club.   The faculty included facilitators from all four of the Chesapeake districts!   Special thanks go out to our friends at George Mason University who provided the facility.

Fairfax RLI Graduates  Left to Right:  Steve Radich (7610 RLI chair beginning RY 17-18), Jason Taylor  (D7620 Silver Spring-Kensington Club), Dan Durham (7610 Lake Ridge Club), Engie Mokhtar (7610 Alexandria West Club), Judy Brittle (D7610 Sterling Club), Bob Kahane (D7610 Annandale Club), Nadia Mokhtar (D7610 Alexandria West Club), Richard Schoeder (D7610 Fairfax Club), and Hayward Hull, outgoing 7610 RLI Chair.

It’s never too late for some facilitation comments – PDG Dan Houghtaling adds a few comments for the mother-daughter graduates during the final photos

West Point VA


Successful RLI in West Point, VA

District 7610 hosted its first Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) event for Rotary Year 2016-2017 in West Point, VA on November 5th.   Six individuals from 7610 and 7600 completed their Part II seminar focusing on key aspect of Club operations.


Many Thanks to AG Ron Saunders and Steve Radich who helped set up the event.

The next District 7610 RLI event will be on February 11th in Charlottesville, VA.  For more information, see the RLI topic link on the left side of the District 7610 web page.

Part II participants left to right: AG Ron Saunders (Gloucester Point), Engie Mokhtar (Alexandria West), Nadia Mokhtar (Alexandria West), Dana Rieves D7600, Shel Douglas D7600, Rick Harmon D7600, and D7610 RLI Chair Hayward Hull (Herndon).

Part II participants left to right: AG Ron Saunders (Gloucester Point), Engie Mokhtar (Alexandria West), Nadia Mokhtar (Alexandria West), Dana Rieves D7600, Shel Douglas D7600, Rick Harmon D7600, and D7610 RLI Chair Hayward Hull (Herndon).

Great Turnout For RLI in North East Md

We had 16 new Rotarians in the program, so we had two Part I classes.  Seven completed Part II and we had Four new RLI Grads.  We had faculty participation from Virginia (PDG Steve Cook) to New Jersey (PDG Hal Daume and his wife, Linda Sausville, as well as our District staff of PDG Roger Harrell, PDG Dan Houghtaling, Tom Bickerstaff and myself.

Graduates Paul Becky, Keith Moore, Evelyn Hayes, and Tracy Reynolds with District Chair Jim Roney

Graduates Paul Becky, Keith Moore, Evelyn Hayes, and Tracy Reynolds with District Chair Jim Roney

This is our second year at Cecil College and it has turned out to be a terrific venue; easy to get to, spacious classrooms and a fine caterer.  Looking forward to coming back again in October 2017.



dsc_0422On Saturday, October 29, 21 eager Rotarians from 14 clubs across District 7750, along with six talented facilitators, gathered at the Tyger River Campus of Spartanburg Community College in Duncan, SC for a day filled with sharing ideas, learning new skills, and a lot of good Rotary fellowship.  District Governor Lance Young addressed the group in the opening session, encouraging everyone not just to learn the course materials, but to take that learning back to their clubs and make a real difference in Rotary.  All three parts of RLI training were conducted with five Rotarians earning the highly-esteemed RLI Graduate distinction.   The five new graduates are Anna Connelly and Crossie Cox from Clemson-Calhoun, Angelle LaBorde from Greenwood, and Mike Reid and Renee Stubbs from Newberry.

RLI Graduates with Gene Moorhead (left) and Burt Strange (right)

RLI Graduates with Gene Moorhead (left) and Burt Strange (right)

The next RLI event in District 7750 will be held at Piedmont Technical College in Greenwood on Saturday March 11, 2016.  Registration for this event is already open, so all interested Rotarians are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible.

Bert Strange

District 7750 Chair

Rotary Leadership Institute.

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


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