Posted by Susan Hunter, Chair District 7070 Rotary Leadership Institute

For the fall of 2023-24, we are staying with our Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) programming in the virtual format.  Although we all appreciate that videoconference will never replace the personal connection that we get from meeting face-to-face, RLI is a very successful program with overwhelming response and enthusiasm from Rotarians across the District. Rotarians new to Rotary and even those with many years of service benefit from learning how we can create strong clubs with vibrant members who are engaged and committed to Service Above Self. 

Click here to register for Part 3: Session 1 on  Wed Nov 8, Session 2 on Wed Nov 15, Session 3 on Wed Nov 22

One of the benefits of doing RLI virtually is that Rotarians from Rotary Clubs outside the Greater Toronto area are able to participate. In fact, in the past, we have been joined by a few Rotarians outside our District which made for great conversations and interaction!

Here are some important details about the RLI program: 

  • There is $20 donation per person to be directed to the RI Foundation. This applies to each RLI courses.

  • Attendance for each RLI course is limited to 25 people.

  • Rotarians are welcomed to take RLI courses at another district by checking the Shining Waters Division website here.



Rotary provides an opportunity for all of us to provide service to our community and around the world. RLI has a mission to strengthen Rotary clubs through quality leadership education. As Rotarians, you are already a leader in your community and in your profession. The purpose of RLI is to give you the skills and competencies to be an effective leader in Rotary.

Rotarians new to Rotary and even those with many years of service will benefit from learning how we can create strong clubs with vibrant members who are engaged and committed to Service Above Self.  Now more than ever, the world needs Rotarians to create a more peaceful and equitable world for all.

Rotarians can complete all three levels of the RLI program (Part I, II and III) within 3 weeks. In 2023-24, classes are scheduled on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. There will be a Fall program in 2023 and a Spring program in early 2024 (which may be in person).

Rotarians enjoy the learning and the interaction and dynamic conversation! 

RLI is a grassroots coalition of Rotary districts implementing a leadership development program for “potential” leaders of Rotary CLUBS. Established in 1992, RLI has become a worldwide organization with divisions in every Continent of the world. While it is an unofficial program of Rotary International, it has substantial support of a number of past Rotary International Presidents and current, past and incoming R.I. Directors. (See Senior Leaders Advisory Board under Organizational Information). The R.I. Board has adopted a resolution recommending RLI or similar programs to the districts and the Council on Legislation has twice recommended RLI to the Board.

RLI believes that excellent CLUB leadership (all types of club leaders) is essential to the future of Rotary in a complex and fast changing world. Most Rotarians have not been exposed to the great scope of Rotary around the world and have not considered what leadership skills are necessary to move Rotary forward.

RLI strongly believes that a good Rotary Club leader must know the evolution of Rotary, its current status and activities in the world and have a vision for what Rotary can be in the future. Therefore, RLI provides a three day non-consecutive basic course in both Rotary knowledge and leadership skills, especially for voluntary organizations. In addition to the specific leadership skills sessions, all the RLI sessions have a leadership component.

The mission of RLI is to have the clubs in the member districts identify those with the potential for future club leadership and send them to RLI courses at club expense. All member clubs may send any club Rotarian to RLI courses and any Rotarian may attend any course at his/her own initiative.

The overriding goal of the courses for club Rotarians is to create ENTHUSIASM for Rotary by opening up to them the world of Rotary outside of their own clubs and also showing them the great potential of Rotary service for the benefit of the world that can be furthered with excellent leadership in our clubs.

RLI is a general education program, while most Rotary International training programs are “job-specific”; that is R.I. trains Rotarians for specific positions. RLI is not a PETS (Presidents Elect Training Session)  or any other district training program, but graduates of RLI bring a greatly enhanced background in Rotary when they later attend job-specific programs.


Current Curriculum

RLI recommends a curriculum and provides all outlines. The curriculum has been continually revised and upgraded over the years. Because of the growth of RLI, major revisions will be recommended every three years in order to give us a sufficient opportunity to orient our faculty members.. All important changes of R.I. or the Foundation are provided annually to us. All curriculum materials and all available translations are posted on the RLI materials website available to all members.

The RLI Curriculum Committee meets annually and we are requested to provide suggestions for revision and improvement based on our own experiences.

The current curriculum has the following course sessions:


Insights Into Leadership
My Rotary World
Ethics-Vocation Service
Foundation I: Our Foundation
Engaging Members
Creating Service Projects


Strategic Planning & Analysis
Attracting Members
Club Communication
Team Building
Foundation II: Targeted Service


Rotary Opportunities
Effective Leadership Strategies
Foundation III: International Service
Public Image & Public Relations
Building A Stronger Club
Making A Difference


Editor's Note: Thank you to District 7070 RLI Chair Susan Hunter for another fantastic year. 

For more information, please contact Susan Hunter at