Frequently Asked Questions 2015-06-09T07:22:07+00:00

General RLI-Sunshine Division Questions

Questions about the RLI program and how it is conducted in the Sunshine Division.

What are the Member Districts served by the Sunshine Division?

Officially, Districts 6890, 6900, 6910, 6920, 6930, 6940, 6950, 6960, 6970, 6980, 6990, 7000, 7020 and 7030 representing all Rotary clubs in Florida and Georgia, Puerto Rico and a large area of the Caribbean Rotary clubs are the current active districts.

What are the RLI courses?

RLI offers Rotary knowledge courses in three sessions (Parts I, II, and III.) Those completing each course are eligible for the next. There are Graduate courses available to those who have completed the three-part RLI curriculum.  The courses are designed to provide leadership skills while advancing Rotary knowledge and understanding.

  • PART I – “THE ROTARIAN Your introduction to the RLI experience. Begin your day by meeting fellow Rotarians and your Rotarian Discussion Leaders. Emphasis is placed on providing an overview of Rotary programs and helping develop ideas that participants can take back to their Rotary Clubs. Courses include Object of Rotary, Rotary — The Bigger Picture, Membership Retention, Rotary Opportunities, Ethics & Vocational Service, and Rotary Foundation I.
  • PART II – “ THE ROTARY CLUB The RLI journey continues, the depth of subject matter increases and focus is placed on fostering the qualities of a knowledgeable Rotarian by building on the basics learned in Part I. The day includes an individual analysis of your Rotary Club and its effectiveness. Courses include Analyzing Your Rotary Club, Leadership – Team Building, Strategic Planning, Service Projects, Membership Attraction, and Public Relations.
  • PART III – “THE ROTARY JOURNEY The final phase of RLI, courses become much more in-depth and detailed. Learn about opportunities available to you and your club through RI and how to best utilize them. Understand what it means to be a Rotarian and how you can use your RLI knowledge to better serve your club. Courses include Rotary History, International Service, Leadership; Effective Strategies, Rotary Foundation II, Communication Techniques, and Making a Difference.

For those who become RLI Graduates following successful completion of the three-part curriculum, Graduates can become RLI Discussion Leaders (by invitation only) and attend a series of RLI Graduate Courses which change from year to year.  These courses typically are focused on one Rotary subject for the entire day and are comprehensive and detailed.

What are the teaching methods RLI uses?

RLI believes strongly in the facilitation of discussion method of teaching. It has been proven that facilitation of discussion is the most effective way to educate adult learners.  RLI also believes strongly in small class sizes, between 8 and 20 maximum.   15 is ideal. This leads to more effective participation by all attendees.  Our trainers are called facilitators or Discussion Leaders.  Techniques used by our Discussion Leaders include discussion groups, role-playing, problem solving workshops, creating projects, and audiovisual presentations. Everyone participates during the sessions. A student guide workbook, containing the course material is provided to each attendee.

What does a course incorporate and how long are the courses?

The Institute offers a leadership development program in three full day sessions where each course requires approximately seven hours to complete. Courses must be taken in sequence – Part 1, Part 2 and then Part 3. Once you have taken Part 3, you are considered a RLI graduate and entitled to register for the more advanced graduate courses – (currently Graduate Membership) Our Discussion Leader Training courses are by invitation only. The courses are designed to provide Rotary knowledge and to develop leadership skills for voluntary organizations such as Rotary.

What else should I know about Registration?

RLI has considerable preparation to prepare for each class including: Ordering, text materials, diplomas, and meals must be pre-ordered and Discussion Leader assignments must be coordinated. Because of these reasons, RLI operates on a pre-registration/pre-payment policy as previously stated. Walk-in’s are not permitted and Transfers and substitutions are not permitted except under emergency situations. Registrations will possibly fall into four categories as define below. All registrations MUST be received by the Registrar including payment no later than ten (10) days prior to the course date. If this Board Policy is not followed, your registration may not be accepted or may be CANCELLED. To improve class position, we suggest you register early and submit payment with registration. Class walk-in’s are not permitted, everyone must pre-register and pre-pay. To cancel a registration, contact either the Site Registrar or Sunshine Division Registrar. Contact information for these Registrars can be found by clicking this sentence. All cancellations are processed in accordance with RLI Policies.

What happens when a class is cancelled?

RLI may at times cancel a course. If this should happen, everyone will be notified in time to re-schedule the course. In the event a student should cancel a course, you must do so at least 10 days prior to the class you had requested. Refunds within the 10 day period before a class will be considered on a case by case basis due to materials and meals already being purchased.

What is the cost, and who should attend?

Registration for each course is just $100. This fee includes breakfast, lunch, course material, and lots of Rotary fellowship. Making this a good investment in your club’s future also, it is an honor and benefit of membership to your future leaders and tells them the present club leaders have faith in them. We recommend you sponsor someone like your President Nominee, club directors, committee chairs, etc. However, any active member of your club may attend. For more information, please review the RLI Policies from this link.

What is the Rotary Leadership Institute?

The Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) is a multi-district, grassroots leadership development program of member districts organized into regional divisions in various parts of the world. It is not an official program of Rotary International and is not under its control. The RLI seeks to have Rotary Clubs in member districts identify those Rotarians who seem to have the POTENTIAL for future club leadership (not necessarily as club presidents) and provide those so identified with a quality education in Rotary knowledge and leadership skills for voluntary organizations. For more information, please visit http://www.rotaryleadershipinstitute.org/What is the Rotary Leadership Institute?

The Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) is a multi-district, grassroots leadership development program of member districts organized into regional divisions in various parts of the world. It is not an official program of Rotary International and is not under its control. The RLI seeks to have Rotary Clubs in member districts identify those Rotarians who seem to have the POTENTIAL for future club leadership (not necessarily as club presidents) and provide those so identified with a quality education in Rotary knowledge and leadership skills for voluntary organizations. For more information, please visit http://www.rotaryleadershipinstitute.org/

What Time Do The Sessions Begin?

Unless otherwise noted on the Attendees Webpage, REGISTRATION AND BREAKFAST BEGIN AT 7:30 A.M. AND TRAINING SESSIONS START AT 8:00 A.M. BREAKFAST AND LUNCH ARE INCLUDED AS PART OF YOUR REGISTRATION FEE. SESSIONS END AT 3:30 P.M.

When and Where are the next classes, What is available?

Click the COURSE SCHEDULE tab for a complete listing. View Course Schedule and Training Agenda and View Maps/Directions to Training Locations.

RLI-SD Sessions

Questions about the curriculum of current RLI-SD sessions.

Analyzing your Rotary Club
  • PDF prepared of the first 9 pages of the Analysis, will be emailed to the participants the week of the RLI event.
  • (Link to PDF here)
  • Score analysis when they begin session
  • Review scores with class

 

Ethics and Vocational Service
  • New name
  • Has not changed from old curriculum.
  • Should be a thought provoking session exploring the basic tenets of Rotary
  • Reflect on how Rotarians use business ethics and how is represents Rotary in the community
  • Utilize the Robert Taylor story
  • Walgreens has the 4-Way test at all their Pharmacies
  • Ask what other clubs do to promote/network their business within Rotary
  • Consider using “Declaration of Rotarians in Businesses and Professions” handouts.

 

Membership Attraction
  • Set ground rules for the participants
    • Expect participation from everyone
    • Respect independent thought
    • Allow for the test of the validity of responses
    • Come in with core assumptions
      • We need to continue to bring business professionals and community leaders
Membership Retention
  • Let everyone state reasons for poor retention in clubs.
  • Go through all the reasons with the class, get responses from class on how to resolve each retention issue.
  • Be pro-active. Get a pulse on your membership…what do they want, what are they getting?
  • Use an intro-club survey.
  • To change retention we either need to change our marketing strategy or change the people we market to.
Object of Rotary
  • Needed a stand alone class for Object of Rotary
  • Attempt to answer the universal question: “What is Rotary?”
  • Devotes most time to the First Object
  • Very important to maintain control of the class…no tangents!
  • Timing is important!!! Use first 30 minutes to cover “What is the object of Rotary?”
  • Last 15-20 minutes must focus on First Object
  • Understanding Rotary is key to Retention
  • Page 15 in DLG is most important part of this session
  • Want attendees to be able to leave session and be better prepared to explain what Rotary is all about.
  • This is a tone setting class…choose your DL wisely.
  • Consider handing out “Object of Rotary” cards
  • Encourage the room with your own passion, use slides as a backdrop…get excitement in the room.
  • The DL is selling Rotary to the room.
  • Use the DL notes (they were carefully scripted)

 

Rotary Beyond the Club
  • Know the district in which you are facilitating
  • Understand the different between Rotary International (RI) and The Rotary Foundation (TRF)
    • Use the Rotarian magazine to illustrate the difference
    • Have a clear concise answer about what a “zone” is and how it is important to an individual club
    • Give participants a clear understanding of where a club fits into the Rotary universe and expose resources available to club at the district, zone, and RI levels.
Rotary Opportunities
  • Has not changed from old curriculum.
  • 3 parts to the class (Foundation, Fellowship, District)
  • Assign this class to a DL from the district of the RLI location.
  • Ask class to name district-specific programs available in their districts.

 

Service Projects
  • Discuss planning and executing a service project
  • Discuss creativity
  • Discuss doing a community assessment
  • What is the difference between Projects vs Fundraisers
  • Emphasize working with partners (inside and outside Rotary)
  • Talk about grants within the community that are not Rotary based
  • Future Vision 6 areas of focus
  • Look to Planning Guide for Effective Rotary Clubs to determine resources

 

Strategic Planning
  • Why goal setting is important
  • Can’t get where you’re going without knowing where is
  • Effective clubs plan ahead
  • The mechanics of strategic planning…learn what members want improved in their clubs
  • Is it measurable, is it achievable, is it challenging, is it repeatable?
  • Differentiate Setting Goals vs Strategic Planning
    • Planning: Identifies what you want to accomplish
    • Goals: Are the way you get there.
    • Utilize the new version of the Club Leadership Manual

 

Team Building
  • You’ve got to have committees populated with people who care about what the committee is doing.
  • Committees have to be properly focused and designed
  • Committee has to be managed effectively
  • Make use of resources
  • Make sure to read fine print on Slide #2

 

The Rotary Foundation I
  • Looks at 2 things that comprise TRF: Money In, Money Out
  • How money is donated, where it goes, what happens to it, and why it happens.
  • Use handouts
  • (Link Bob’s Handout Here)
  • Try to relate TRF to the class (examples of TRF at work in their districts, clubs)
  • Class where most lecturing is done…large outflow of information
  • State that RI and TRF are not the same…2 separate entities
  • Look to Future Vision
  • As last class now has 1 hour 15 minutes (20 minutes longer)