Rotary Leadership Institute / World Understanding Month

The Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) offers training opportunities for Rotarians

Clubs and districts looking to train Rotarians as leaders at local levels can now access online a wide array of resources developed by the Rotary Leadership Institute. Established in 1994 to assist in improving the Rotary knowledge and leadership skills of the future leaders of clubs and districts, the Rotary Leadership Institute is a multi-district program already functional in Zones 31 and 32 in the United States, and is in the process of forming divisions around the world.

The institute offers a training program in three full-day sessions, followed by graduate seminars. Trainers are carefully selected from among Rotarians with outstanding leadership abilities and prepared to conduct innovative and participatory course sessions that include such topics as the perfect meeting; a look outside the club; membership orientation and activation; introduction to leadership; creating service projects; case studies in leadership; effective committees; The Rotary Foundation; and analyzing a Rotary club.

Past District Governor (current RI Director) David Linett, chairman of the institute and of the 2001-02 RI Educational and Training Task Force, said that leadership development programs are critical for the continued success of Rotary clubs and for the achievement of the goals of the Global Quest. "The annual turnover of club presidents and other club officers places great pressure on our clubs to maintain a high level of leadership every year," he said. "Only through excellent education in Rotary and leadership skills can we develop the quality leadership we need to keep Rotary in the forefront of world service organizations."

According to Linett, membership growth is dependent in large part on the quality of Rotary clubs, as clubs with good leadership are more likely to involve their members in exciting service activities and programs and, consequently, to retain their members and attract new ones. "Quality education can best be presented on a multi-district basis and we invite Rotarians everywhere to join us in this important effort," he said.

View Leadership Courses and more information on the RLI website.

February is World Understanding Month
The month of February is very special in the Rotary calendar since it is designated World Understanding Month. The month also includes the anniversary of the first meeting of Rotary held on February 23, 1905, now designated World Understanding and Peace Day.
In designating World Understanding Month, the Rotary International board asks all Rotary clubs to plan programs for their weekly meetings and undertake special activities to emphasize "understanding and goodwill as essential for world peace."
To observe this designated month, many clubs arrange international speakers, invite youth exchange students and international scholars from schools and universities to club meetings, plan programs featuring former Group Study Exchange team members, arrange discussions on international Issues, present entertainment with an international cultural or artistic theme and schedule other programs with an international emphasis.
Many clubs take the opportunity to launch an international community service activity or make contact with a Rotary club in another country. It is a good month to initiate a Rotary Fellowship Exchange, a 3-H project or encourage support for Polio Plus and other Rotary Foundation programs.
World Understanding Month is a chance for every club to pause, plan and promote the Fourth Avenue of Service--Rotary's continued quest for goodwill, peace and understanding among people of the world.
July (Literacy) — a time to highlight Rotary's ongoing commitment to promoting literacy and numeracy. Also start of the Rotary year.
August (Membership and Extension) — a time to highlight membership development and the creation of new Rotary clubs.
September (New Generations) a time to highlight Rotary's commitment to youth.
October (Vocational Service) a time to highlight Rotary's contribution to the second Avenue of Service.
November (Foundation) a time to highlight our commitment to the important work accomplished by The Rotary Foundation.
December (Family) a time to celebrate the impact Family has on Rotary
January (Awareness) a time to celebrate
February (World Understanding) a time to highlight Rotary's goal of world understanding and peace.
March - World Rotaract Week
April (Magazine) a time to recognize the contribution made by the THE ROTARIAN and 27 regional Rotary magazines.
May (open)
June (Fellowships) a time to celebrate the numerous Fellowships Rotarians celebrate together. Also R. I. Convention month.

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