Welcome to the Arizona Rotary Leadership Academy

The Arizona Rotary Leadership Academy is an exciting and innovative online learning approach to leadership development. What an outstanding learning opportunity!
Through this learning model, nominated and selected Rotary past and current club presidents, RLI graduates, and experienced Rotary leaders  obtain exceptional leadership training at home via online learning experiences.  Guided by talented and experienced Rotary leaders (Past District Governors and senior Rotarians), you will explore a core Rotary topics through a wide array of learning resources, rich learning activities, face to face conversations (Zoom) with Rotary colleagues and faculty, and  interview current and past Rotary leaders about their experiences and challenges in key areas of Rotary leadership. 
Working at your own pace and within your own profession and life schedules, and you will prepare yourself for your next Rotary leadership adventure. 
This website provides an overview of the Arizona Rotary Leadership Academy: its history, current faculty, course of study, course information and activities as well as a wide range of learning resources including informative and useful leadership articles. Enjoy the exploration.  
Club News

An estimated 500 million people worldwide became infected. Many cities closed theaters and cinemas, and placed restrictions on public gatherings. Rotary clubs adjusted their activities while also helping the sick.

This is how Rotary responded to the influenza pandemic that began in 1918 and came in three waves, lasting more than a year.

The Rotary Club of Berkeley, California, USA, meets in John Hinkel Park during the 1918 flu pandemic.

Photo by Edwin J. McCullagh, 1931-32 club president. Courtesy of the Rotary Club of Berkeley.

Rotary and the United Nations have a shared history of working toward peace and addressing humanitarian issues around the world.

During World War II, Rotary informed and educated members about the formation of the United Nations and the importance of planning for peace. Materials such as the booklet “From Here On!” and articles in The Rotarian helped members understand the UN before it was formally established and follow its work after its charter. 

Many countries were fighting the war when the term “United Nations” was first used officially in the 1942 “Declaration by United Nations.” The 26 nations that signed it pledged to uphold the ideals expressed by the United States and the United Kingdom the previous year of the common principles “on which they based their hopes for a better future for the world.” 


Every hero has an origin story. “I was 10 years old when the entire journey started,” explains Binish Desai. It began with a cartoon called Captain Planet, an animated TV series from the 1990s about an environmentalist with superpowers. Desai can still recite the show’s refrain: Captain Planet, he’s our hero / Gonna take pollution down to zero! “That tagline stuck in my mind,” he says. “I wanted to do something to help Captain Planet.”


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