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)


2018 RLI Cary January Event

Rotary Leadership Institute had another successful event in Cary, NC on January 13th.  The event took place at Wake Tech’s Western campus.  There were 52 Rotarians in attendance for this year’s event:  Part I (28 Rotarians), Part II (12 Rotarians), and Part III (12 Rotarians).  Three clubs took advantage of the 4-4-3 Incentive Program, which included Cary Kildaire, Clayton, and Durham clubs.

Congratulations to the following Rotarians who graduated at this year’s event: Erik Benson (Durham),  Debra DeCamillis (Capital City), Anthony Grice (Clayton), Gordon Martel (Danville After Hours), Michael Moore (Prince George County), Michele Nicklis (Morrisville), Marge Nordstrom (Durham), Emily Page (Durham), Kathy Roadcup (E-Club of District 7710), Anthony Santore (Oriental), Kim Shaw (Durham), and Geraud Staton (Durham).

Dana Johnson

District Chair 7710

Anderson SC

On Saturday March 10th, 19 Rotarians participated in all three RLI sessions. The event was help at the Tri-County Technical College in Anderson.  Pictured bellow are the graduated along with Bert Strange, RLI District Chair and Gene Moorhead, RLI Regional Coordinator.

Bert Strange (District Chair), Scott Stephens (Greenville), Larry Lee (Pleasantburg) Janice Butler (Greenville East), Ron Demonet (Greenville) Gene Moorhead (Regional Coordinator)

Jacksonville NC RLI 3 March 2018

Parts I, II and III

A lively Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) was held in Jacksonville, NC at the beautiful Coastal Carolina Community College (CCCC) on Saturday 3 March 2018.

A total of 42 motivated Rotarians participated: 21 Part I, 16 Part II and 4 Part III,  and a good time was had by all.  Great Food and refreshments were provided by Brewed Awakenings and the Rotarian owner, Reva Sullivan, also participated in the Classes.


We had a total of four Graduates:

Shown: Bill Kaiser (Beaufort), Jeff Mount (Southport Evening). Brandon Dyer (Morehead Lookout), Joe Nutz ( Morehead City Noon) DG RB Richie (Wilmington)

Charleston SC

District Chair Joan Grayson, Paul Brothers, (Summerville Oakbrook Breakfast), Kimberely Causey Gomez (Carolina Forrest Sunrise), Elizabeth Goodman (North Charleston), Elizabeth Howland (Carolina Forrest Sunrise), Kevin Issac ( North Charleston-Lunch), Gary Bradham District Governor 7770, Nancy Millette ( Hilton Head Sunrise), Bryon Rodgers (Monchs Corner) , Dawoud Stevenson) (Hilton Head Island), Don Wells (Cleveland School), Rod Funderburk Regional RLI Coordinator

On February 17th an RLI Event was held in Charleston SC at Trident Community College. There we 30 Rotarians from District 7770 and 7750 in attendance . Our Graduation Class numbered 9 and is shown above.

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