Hilton Head 2019

Mid-Atlantic  RLI  Comes  to  Hilton  Head

On March 9, 2019  RLI had 27 Rotarians participate in Parts I, II and III. Three Rotary Districts were represented:  7770, 7750 and 7570.  RLI was held at Hilton Head Prep and catering was provided by Plantation Deli and Michael Anthony’s Cucina Italiana.


Five Rotarians received their RLI graduate pins:

Shown with Graduates: Joan Grayson (District 7770 RLI Chair); David Tirard (District 7770 District Governor): Rod Funderburk (RLI Regional Coordinator)

Milton Carter – Rotary Club of Kingsport Downtown, TN

Joseph Chappell – Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island

Ralph Eckles – Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island – Sunset

Lee Anne Kitchen – Rotary Club of Laurens, SC

Susan Tirard – Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island


Submitted by:

Joan Grayson

RLI Sparta NC

Part I in Sparta

Time for a break and a conversation

Our first ever Rotary Leadership Institute session held in Sparta, NC on March 9th was a great success!  Twelve participants from Alleghany County, Ashe County, and even from Virginia attended and were energized by each other’s knowledge and enthusiasm about Rotary and their clubs.  Three of the attendees had been in Rotary for under 1 year!  It was a dreary cold day on the outside, but inside was full of sunshine and energy!  In fact, Rotarians enjoyed the Part 1 session so much that we set a date then and there to bring RLI Parts 1, 2, and 3 to Sparta on October 19, 2019!  Come peep at the autumn leaves and attend with us for food, fun, fellowship and learning!

Great Time in Jacksonville NC

Rotary “Learning Institute” Jacksonville NC

District 7730 hosted an RLI at Coastal Carolina Community College on March 2nd. The 41 participants came from Clubs throughout eastern North Carolina. An earlier RLI in Jacksonville was cancelled due to Hurricane Florence, so the excellent participation in this event was very rewarding. The group can to learn, make new friends, and widen their knowledge of Rotary. The pictures below show that they had fun.

Ready to Start the Day

Surrounding DG April Clark (4th from the left) and showing how far we need to go to eliminate Polio, Robert Collins (Wilmington) , Patrick Duncan (New River), Travis LeFever (Kernersville). Eric McKeithan (Wilmington), Cary Olin (South Brunswick Islands), Mollie Shiflet (Wilmington), Stanley Simchick (Richland). Margaret Turner (Wilmington West), David Vanesse (South Brunswick Island)




RLI Charleston


February 16, 2019 was a rainy, dreary day in Charleston, South Carolina but that didn’t stop 26 Rotarians from 5 different  districts in South Carolina and North Carolina from having a great time  enjoying friendship, fun and sharing ideas in facilitated based classes to learn more about Rotary and ways to enhance their clubs.

Rod Funderburk (RLI Regional Coordinator), John Riley (Dunn), David Matheny (Charleston), Melissa Johnson (Four Seasons Hendersonville), DG David Tirard (D-7770), David Hovis Sr. (Myrtle Beach), Terry Egan (Carolina Forest Sunrise), Delynn Barnes (Twin City Batesburg-Leesville), Joan Grayson ( District Chair)

Six Rotarians graduated and received their RLI pins from District Governor David Tirard and Regional Coordinator Rod Funderburk:

Mark your calendars and plan to join us for RLI on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at Hilton Head Prep in Hilton Head, SC and on April 27, 2019 at Midlands Technical College in Columbia, SC (Airport Campus).  Parts I,II and III will be offered.


Submitted by Joan Grayson, Mid-Atlantic RLI District  Chair 7770

New Faculty Training

5 New Faculty Added

On February 8th a training session for new Facility was facilitated by PDG Steve Cook. As a result we have added five new faculty members to our RLI Roles. All our faculty have been trained in facilitation techniques which eliminate the need for boring lecture and encourages group involvement. Welcome to our new facility below:

Sean McAlister (D-7620). DGN Sean Sawyer (D-7530), Bonnie Branciaoli (D-7530), Steven Mullin (D-7610), Frank Mullin (D-7610), Trainer PDG Steve Cook.

RLI Clayton NC

District 7710 Hosts a Major RLI Event

Rotary Leadership Institute had another successful event in Clayton NC on January 26th.  The event took place the Johnston County Workforce Development Center.  With 53 Rotarians in attendance for this year’s event In was one of the largest events of the year. It included 38 in Part I, 10 in Part II and 10 in Part III  Three Clubs took advantage of the 4-4-3 Incentive Program, which included  Clayton, Central Johnston County, and Knightdale Clubs.  That programs provides for a tuition rebate of one when 4 members from the same Club register and attend the event. Shown below are the 10 happy graduated.

Lynne Carpender (Zebulon), Bunmi Fatoya-Matory (Downtown Durham), Lynanne Fowle (Downtown Fuquay-Varina), Cris Kay (Central Johnston County), Leigh Malloy (Clayton), Octavious Murphy (Greensboro-Three Eagles), James Perricone (Clayton), Thomas Schaffer (Clayton), Michael Sims (Clayton), Paul Wasyikevych (Cary)

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

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