Action without vision is wasted, and vision without action is just a dream. Action with vision brings hope to the world.” ~ Luis Vicente Giay, Address to 1996 Rotary Convention, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
The Rotary Leadership Institute is a training program established to substantially improve the Rotary knowledge and leadership skills of the future leaders of Rotary clubs and districts.
The Rotary Leadership Institute training program consists of 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.
What are the teaching methods? The Rotary Leadership Institute believes in course sessions with as much discussion/ participation as possible. Discussion breakout sessions are limited to approximately 10-15 persons. Lectures are strictly limited. Course methods include discussion groups, role playing, problem solving workshops, creating projects and audiovisual presentations. Everyone participates during one of the Institute’s sessions. A course workbook containing an Institute Manual, session program agendas, faculty listings and course outlines and materials, is provided to each attendee.
Who are the faculty? The faculty members are carefully selected by the Rotary Leadership Institute for their teaching abilities. They are drawn from all areas of the member districts and occasionally from outside the member districts. Many are present and past Rotary International directors, present and past district governors, successful past presidents and those with experience in special areas. Each new faculty member must attend an initial full day training program and various periodic reorientation programs. The results of course evaluations help the Institute to improve the course content and instruction.
What are the costs? The current course fees are per registrant per day. The fees cover breakfast, lunch, coffee breaks and considerable materials given to participants. Course fees also pay for meeting space, audio-visual equipment and promotional costs. The Institute strongly recommends that clubs pay the fees for their participants. For current course fees please contact the appropriate Rotary Leadership Institute District Coordinator.
Should our club participate? If your club cares about its future, it will want the best leadership possible. This is an outstanding opportunity for each club to improve the Rotary knowledge of its key people, who will also be exposed to new ideas of leadership. The exchange of ideas with other experienced Rotarians alone makes the courses worthwhile.
What is the Graduate Program? After completing the three Part basic program, “graduates” are eligible to attend in-depth seminars held at selected locations in conjunction with regular courses. Each seminar runs for at least 2.5 hours in a morning or afternoon session. Registration fees are modest and meals are optional. Seminar topics and registration forms may be obtained from the appropriate Rotary Leadership Institute District Coordinator.
Who should be nominated to attend the institute courses? The Rotary Leadership Institute recommends that clubs nominate those Rotarians who appear to have the potential for club leadership, not necessarily as future presidents. They should preferably be at least 3-4 years away from a possible presidency or other key leadership post. Candidates should certainly have a strong interest in Rotary and be ready to be exposed to the larger world of Rotary. The Institute requests each club to nominate one or two Rotarians each year and to support previous nominees.
When and where are the courses held? Courses are held at convenient locations within the Rotary Leadership Institute service areas. Any nominee may take a course in any location. Please contact the appropriate District Rotary Leadership Institute Coordinator for dates and locations.