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The world of Rotary is much bigger than just your club and district, and there are numerous Rotary resources designed to give Rotarians access to tools, services, expertise and ideas that will help them deliver needed services and support to their communities. One of those resources is the Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI).

RLI is a series of three fast-paced, interactive, one-day courses offered to increase a Rotarians’ base of knowledge in Rotary and strengthen their volunteer leadership skills. The courses are facilitated by trained Rotary leaders in each district and are fun, topical, and geared toward active Rotarians who want to be more effective leaders in their clubs. The Rotary Leadership Institute was established in 1992 and today almost 400 districts around the world have RLI programs. For more information, visit the RLI website at

You will find a treasure trove of Rotary information and knowledge in the RLI courses, such as: How to create and carry out service projects, how to attract and retain members, how The Rotary Foundation works, how to publicize what your club is doing, how to strategically plan for your club’s future, and perhaps best of all, what kind of leader you are and how to become a better volunteer leader, in Rotary and other organizations.

There are three full-day classes in the curriculum, titled Part I, Part II and Part III, and each Part consists of six segments or modules. Each district sets the times and places for its RLI sessions; typically, classes are held on Saturdays and will begin at 8:30-9:00 a.m. and end by 4:00 p.m. A participant must complete all three Parts, preferably in sequence, to graduate from the Institute.

The cost is $50 per session, so the cost to complete all three Parts is $150. This fee covers the costs of course materials, facility and equipment rentals, lunch, coffee breaks, etc. Your district or club may pay part or all of your RLI tuition. You should ask your club president or District leaders if assistance is provided. Participants should expect to pay a portion of the fees, however, as assistance may not be available for all Parts.

Faculty members (“facilitators”) are carefully selected by District leaders for their breadth of Rotary knowledge and experience, their facilitation abilities, and their communications skills. They are present or past District leaders, past club presidents and others with experience in special areas of Rotary. All facilitators have completed specified RLI training and are certified by HOA-RLI.

RLI training provides you with interactive and collaborative learning sessions while you explore issues and discuss potential solutions with your fellow club and district Rotarians. Course methods include discussion groups, group challenges, and problemsolving sessions. Everyone participates and Rotarians learn from each other. A course notebook containing the topics and notes for each session, course outlines, agendas, faculty listings and more are provided to each student.

Generally, classes are limited to between 15 and 20 participants for each Part so there will be vigorous discussion and exchanges of ideas. However, the class size varies by District and will be displayed on the HOA-RLI registration page when you sign up.


icon You can see a course outline for all three parts here

No. If you cannot complete all three Parts in one Rotary Year, you can finish later. You can basically work at your own pace. You should complete the three Parts in sequence, if possible; however, occasionally participants may be scheduled out of sequence so as to create larger classes for more interactive sessions and better small group discussions.

Go to the HOA-RLI Website,, and select the RLI Events tab. From the list of courses, select the session you want to attend in your District and follow the steps for registration. Generally, all three Parts – I, II and III – are offered on the same day, so you should select the Part that you’re eligible for on that date. Tuition may be paid online at the time of registration (preferable) or by check on the day you attend.

Yes! You will pick up new ideas and gain invaluable Rotary knowledge and acquire leadership skills and awareness that will make you more effective as a member of your club and a member of the global Rotary community. When you graduate from RLI, you will have a much broader and more informer perspective of how to help your club address and solve your community’s needs. You will learn about new Rotary resources and build new relationships and friendships. You will meet
Rotarians from around your District who, like you, want to do more and accomplish more in Rotary, whether as a club officer, committee chair, or member. Best of all, RLI will inspire you to want to do more!

In Rotary Zones 30-31, an elected Board of Directors administers RLI, nicknamed “HOA-RLI,” which stands for the Heart of America Division of Rotary Leadership Institute. The Board supports and encourages the RLI program in the two zones. Districts that have an RLI program are expected to follow the curriculum published by RLI International; otherwise, their programs are independently operated under the direction of a District RLI Coordinator. However, registration for sessions is handled on the HOA-RLI Website,

In order to use the RLI regstration forms on this site, you will need to create an account. This will facilitate registration and make your future use of the site easier. Having an account will allow you to register more quickly and easily for future RLI events and you'll be able to log in and cancel your registration for an event, should you need to do so. This also makes it easier for RLI coordinators to communicate with attendees if locations for events change or cancellations become necessary.

To register, simply find the RLI Event you wish to attend from the list on the bottom of any page or navigate to the RLI Events Page and scroll down the list until you've found the event you wish to attend. Fill out the registration form and process your payment via PayPal secure servers, or by offline payment with a check. The registration form will give you the option to set up an account on this site. If you wish to set up an account, but do not yet want to register for an event at this time you can do that here. In either case, after creating your account on this site, be sure to check your email for a confirmation notice from the site. This is necessary to activate your account. If you do not respond to this confirmation email, your account will not be activated and you will not be able to log in with your account credentials. Your registration will be active and recorded, but you won't be able to use the account to log in and register for future events. If you do not receive your confirmation email, contact us here.