Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI)
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Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI)

Being a great leader is about having a willingness and a true commitment to lead others to achieve a common vision and goals through positive influence.  Leadership is about people and for people.


As Rotarians, we are leaders.   In our clubs, in our communities, in our professions, and in our lives.

At RLI, our purpose is to provide access to the tools, knowledge, and skills to build better leaders for today’s world. 


The mission of the District 5500 Rotary Leadership Institute is to provide an up-to-date, practical, and user friendly educational opportunity in a convenient online format. Courses are provided to foster leadership skills and Rotary knowledge with the intent to inspire club members to be enthusiastic, informed, creative and dedicated leaders.


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. RLI seeks to provide quality education, leadership skills and Rotary knowledge to club members interested in developing their Rotary participation and their leadership potential.  

What are the Courses?
The Rotary Leadership Institute consists of three full-day, online courses:

·       Course 1: My Rotary World

·       Course 2: The Club 

·       Course 3: My Rotary Journey

Course sessions topics include Engaging members; our Rotary International Foundation; service projects; strategic planning and analysis; club communications; international service; effective leadership strategies; and public image and public relations.   


Where are the courses held?
This year again, the courses via ZOOM on Saturdays.  The courses will also be held sequentially so that the full Institute can be completed in one year. 

Course 1: Sat., March 19, 2022   8:00 am – 3:00 pm  

Course 2: Sat., April 2, 2022 8:00 am – 3:00 pm  

Course 3: Sat., May 21, 2022   8:00 am – 3:00 pm  


Who facilitates the training?
Experienced District Leaders, RLI, and RLA graduates will facilitate the course sessions.  Each facilitators’ depth of knowledge and passion for Rotary will keep the sessions fresh and interesting for participants.

Who should attend?
RLI participants should have a strong interest in Rotary and a desire to learn about the larger world of Rotary. Clubs are encouraged to nominate at least one or two members each year and support their member participants in completing the full three course Institute and by helping with registration fees. Presidents-Elect are also an excellent choice so that they are ready for their year as President. New Rotarians who show an interest in taking RLI courses are also welcome.  


What is the cost?
There will be a minimal $10 cost per online course, which includes an electronic copy of all course materials.  If participants are interested in receiving a binder of printed materials the cost will be an additional $10.    


Why should our club participate?
District 5500 leadership knows that every Rotary Club in Southern Arizona cares about its future growth, engagement, and vibrancy and wants the best leadership possible. Participating in the RLI training is an outstanding opportunity for each club to “grow” its future leaders and enhance knowledge of our Rotary world. At the very least, the exchange of ideas with other experienced Rotarians and the opportunity to network with other Rotarians and make long-lasting Rotary friendships make the courses worthwhile.

·       Rotary Leadership Institute Graduates – Please Consider Serving on the RLI Faculty


·       If you have completed all three parts of RLI and are interested in being a facilitator, please contact RLI District Chair Bob Shogren.

Where can I learn more?
Click on the links below to learn more about Rotary Leadership Institute:

You can also contact the RLI District Chair, Bob Shogren at We look forward to seeing you at an RLI session soon!

To Register:

Course 1: Sat., March 19, 2022   8:00 am – 3:00 pm  

Course 2: Sat., April 2, 2022 8:00 am – 3:00 pm  

Course 3: Sat., May 21, 2022   8:00 am – 3:00 pm