RLI Myrtle Beach

           RLI at Myrtle Beach

September 30, 2017

It was a beautiful, hot day in Myrtle Beach, SC.  Thirty three Rotarians from Districts 7770, 7730 and 7610 enjoyed a wonderful day of training  and fellowship- except for one thing — a power surge during the night meant that Horry-Georgetown Grand Strand Campus  had no power and most importantly, no air conditioning!

All of our Rotarians and facilitators deserve special commendations for enduring the heat.

We opened the day with greetings from Gary Bradham, District Governor 7770  followed by Rod Funderburk, past District Governor 7770 and our RLI Regional Coordinator.

We had great attendance:  Part I had 14 Rotarians, Part II had 10  Rotarians and Part III had 9  Rotarians who received their RLI pins:

Morris Beers, District 7730, Southport, NC

Theresa Calabrese, District 7770, Carolina Forest Sunrise, SC

Michael Hesbach, District 7770, Florence, SC

Donald Hovis, District 7770, Myrtle Beach Chicora, SC

PJ Johnson, District 7770, North Charleston Lunch, SC

Augustus Little, District 7770, Georgetown, SC

Anita Moreau, District 7730, Newport, NC

Richard Moreau, District 7730, Newport, NC

Curtis Wollitz, District 7730, Leland Area, NC


Catering was provided by Travinia Restaurant and the Faculty enjoyed a Faculty Dinner and fellowship at the restaurant Friday evening.

Rod Funderburk (RLI Regional Coordinator) Morris Beers, District 7730, Southport, NC Theresa Calabrese, District 7770, Carolina Forest Sunrise, SC Michael Hesbach, District 7770, Florence, SC Donald Hovis, District 7770, Myrtle Beach Chicora, SC PJ Johnson, District 7770, North Charleston Lunch, SC Augustus Little, District 7770, Georgetown, SC Anita Moreau, District 7730, Newport, NC Richard Moreau, District 7730, Newport, NC Curtis Wollitz, District 7730, Leland Area, NC, Joan Grayson ( District RLI Chair 7770)

Submitted by Joan Grayson, RLI Chair District 7770


RLI Duncan SC

We had 5 happy Graduates at our Duncan Event on Saturday, October 14th. Standing with our Regional Coordinator Gene Moorhead are; Ransome Coleman (North Spartanburg) , Alexander Grewe (Greenville Evening), Kimberly Kitchens (Newberry), Jay Perkins (Emerald City), and Jerry Rentz (Emerald City)

Doesn’t Kimberly look like a rose amoung thorns.

First Event in Durham

Rotary RLI Durham Event Hosted by District 7710

On September 30th, District 7710 held its Fall RLI event at the Duke Corporate Center in Durham, NC.   Fall events are relatively new for District 7710.  The district recognized that Rotarians would benefit from having two RLI events a year (fall and winter) so that they could expedite the time from program start to program completion. Due to the success of the first fall event, sponsored by the Durham Rotary almost 3 years ago, the district decided to hold subsequent events in Wake Forest and most recently in Durham.  All three parts were given during the event.  Part I had 12 participants, Part II had 14 participants, and Part II had 4 participants.  Congratulations to Michael Felts, Lisa Higginbotham, Eve Marion, and H Brady Surles for graduating from the Rotary Leadership Institute.

Submitted by Dana Johnson District 7710 RLI Chair

Greenville RLI

John Richards, Libby Whitaker, DG Stan Keeler, Nancy Nixon

Greenville, NC September 23, 2017 Mid-Atlantic RLI Event 

The twenty students who attended the Mid-Atlantic-Rotary Leadership Institute Training Program in Greenville, NC, September 23, 2017 finished the challenging day as enthusiastic about the program as when they entered in the morning. As two attendees emailed me after the Session:

“I found my first attendance at RLI to be very positive. EACH session was upbeat, building Rotary International and Rotary Foundation understanding, as it also built relationships across Rotary clubs.”

“I enjoyed RLI very much! Well organized, great information, amazing facility! I would recommend every Rotarian attend RLI- there is SO much information available and this is a great format to get the basics. Thank you!”

We had 2 Rotarians attending 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.
A special thank you to Rotarians who assisted: PDG Lee & Ed Adams, DGN Tracey Ivey, PP Mary Vincent, DG Stan Keeler, and the Mid-Atlantic RLI Faculty including our own PDG Jim Findley.

Submitted by Dave Iery, District 7720 RLI Chair 17-18.  

RLI Greenville NC

District Governor Stan Keeler welcomes Rapper and RLI Facilitator Flava Flav  (alias JT Capps) to the RLI in Greenville NC hosted by District 7720.

Gotta Love 443

Effective immediately, MA RLI has implemented the new “Four for Three” (4-4-3) Incentive Program that applies to all Division RLI events except Mini-RLIs (Mini-RLI Policy remains applicable for these events). The policy is set up to reimburse Rotary clubs who send four or more of their Rotarians to a single RLI Event, no matter which Parts these Rotarians attend. For each four attending the single RLI event from a club, one Rotarian’s registration fee will be refunded to that club’s treasurer by the Division Treasurer. All registrations must be paid in advance.

For example, if the Rotary Club of Anytown, VA sends five Rotarians to Part I of an RLI event taking place at Hometown, VA, and two Rotarians to Part II of the Hometown event, and one to Part III of this event, the Rotary Club of Anytown Treasurer will receive a check for two registration fees ($190) from the Division Treasurer within 30 days of the Hometown RLI event.

Please share this good news with your District leadership and District Assistant Governors so the clubs can receive word about this new attendance incentive program. Thank you! RLI Staff.

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.

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