Melissa Mills Visits RLI x 2

I thought RLI (Rotary Leadership Institute) was just for PET (President-Elect Training), but when I heard President Arthur and others speaking about it as a resource for us all, I thought I’d try it out.  I’m glad I did!

RLI isn’t part of Rotary International, but then, neither is Rotary Foundation .  At RLI, we learn why.  In fact, not only did I learn a great deal that deepened my admiration and respect for the leaders who formed and founded Rotary, I also met a bunch of extraordinary people – both classmates and faculty.  And had fun!

The RLI training is done in one-day sessions.   The entire course is three days.  In January, I attended Part I.

The classes are about 45 minutes each and very interactive. That’s what makes them fun.  As an example, in one class we broke into teams, were given real Rotary club data to analyze and explain and then were judged by our peers as to which team gave the best analysis.  In another class, we were given provocative statements to debate, and with a flip of a coin, assigned to one side or the other.  For example, “Never assign a Rotarian to a committee.”  Here also, we got to compete.   My team had to argue against this statement, that is to say, we had to argue that it is advisable to assign Rotarians to a committee.  Which side do you think won?

There are six classes, a couple of breaks and a luncheon.  The teachers change for each class.   By the end of the day, our class had formed such a bond that we were explaining to the new teacher how we were organized, to the teacher’s surprise.  Get a bunch of Rotarians together and you have a lively classroom!


    February 2, 2012
    For Immediate Release
    Raleigh, North Carolina – This summer, from July 25 – August 19, 100 Iraqi teens and adult participants will visit the United States under the auspices of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The International Affairs Council (IAC) is host and administrator of the program in North Carolina and is working in partnership with the U.S. Department of State and World Learning on program planning and recruitment.
    Two – four teenagers from the Triangle area have the opportunity to participate with Iraqi youth in the youth leadership program and join them throughout many city stops in the U.S. All expenses will be paid under the conditions of the grant.
    In order to participate, Triangle area youth must be American citizens with leadership skills and an interest in international affairs. Youth candidates must be between the ages of 16 and 18 years and will be selected based on interest in community service and ability to relate to people of other cultures.
    An information flyer with application instructions is available on the IAC web site at and the IAC Facebook page: International Affairs Council. For more information and to ask questions, please call 919.838.9191.
    The application deadline for the Iraqi Youth Leadership Exchange Program is February 29, 2012.
    About the International Affairs Council
    The International Affairs Council (IAC) connects people, ideas and culture for the good of North Carolina communities and communities abroad. The council annually hosts a number of professional and youth exchange programs, culture events, speaker events, and educational programs. For more information, please visit

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