Frequently Asked Questions
What is RLI (Rotary Leadership Institute)?
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
What will I learn?
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.
How long are the classes and what is the cost?
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.
Who are the faculty?
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.
How is the material presented?       
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 problem-solving 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.
Must I complete all three Parts in one Rotary Year?
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.   
How do I sign up?
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. 
Should I attend RLI even if I don’t plan to be a club officer?
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 informed 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!
What is HOA-RLI?
In 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; in all other respects, their programs are independently operated under the direction of a District RLI Coordinator.  However, registration for sessions is handled on the HOA-RLI Website,
                                    HOA-RLI Board of Directors 2018-19
Chair: Bo Porter, D6880                          Regional Coordinators:
Vice Chair: Paul Bucurel, D6820            Jeff Romine – 6040*, 6060, 6080, 6150
Secretary:  Vacant                                    John Roa – 6190*, 6200, 6820, 6840, 5830
Treasurer: Jerry Venters, D6040            Cathy Rector – 6460, 6490*, 6510
Registrar: Eric Lewis, D6880                   Amy Lee – 6560, 6580*  
                                                                     Bill Shula – 6670*, 6690
                                                                     Jack McAllister – 6710, 6740*
                                                                     Glen Vanderford – 6760*, 6780, 6800
                                                                    Tom Greene – 6860*, 6880
                                                            * Indicates home district 
For more information, contact RLI Chair Bo Porter at or your Regional or District Coordinators, who may be contacted through the HOA-RLI Website under the “Contact Us” tab on the Home page.