Current Class
The next RLI Classes are:
February 15/16, 2020
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Lawrence Memorial Hospital
330 Arkansas St.
Lawrence, KS 66044
March 14/15, 2010
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Leavenworth USD 453 Office
200 N. 4th St.
Leavenworth, KS 66048
For more information about RLI, or to have someone speak to your club, please contact:
District Trainer Neil Wakefield at or Jared Holroyd at
Rotary Leadership Institute

What is RLI?

The Rotary Leadership Institute was founded to assist in improving the Rotary knowledge and leadership skills of the future leaders of our Rotary clubs.

Why Do We Need a Leadership Institute?

It is generally agreed throughout the Rotary world that the success or failure of a Rotary Club primarily depends on the quality of club leadership. It has been said that poor club leadership is the primary cause of membership losses. Leadership skills in a voluntary organization are often different than business leadership skills. RLI provides an opportunity for quality Rotary general education that is usually not otherwise available.

What is the Philosophy of RLI?

RLI believes that having leadership skills does not alone assure good Rotary leadership. An effective Rotary leader must ALSO have Rotary knowledge, perspective about where Rotary has been, where it is now and a vision of what Rotary can be.

What are the Methods of Facilitating RLI?

Course sessions are structured with as much discussion/participation as possible. Methods also include discussion groups, role-playing and problem-solving. Class size is usually 12-18 participants.

Who Should Attend RLI?

Although any Rotarian may attend RLI courses, we recommend that clubs encourage Rotarians who have the potential for future club leadership, not necessarily just club presidents, to attend. The ideal candidate is early in their Rotary career and has a strong interest in Rotary and is prepared to be exposed to the larger world of Rotary outside of their club. 
Why Should You Attend?
"I think anyone in a future leadership role in their Rotary Club will find they will have a better understanding of Rotary. RLI is a huge springboard for a meaningful and fulfilling President-elect Training (PETS) program. The interaction at RLI with Rotarians outside your own club is well worth the time spent." 
~ Ed York, President, Gardner Rotary Club