What is Rotary Leadership Institute?

The Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) is a multi-district, grassroots leadership development program of member districts organized into regional divisions in various parts of the world. RLI is not an official program of Rotary International and as such, is not under its control.
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RLI seeks to have Rotary Clubs in its member districts identify those Rotarians who appear to have the potential for future club leadership (not necessarily as club presidents) and provide those so identified with a quality education in Rotary knowledge and leadership skills so important to volunteer organizations.

The actual Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) event is a series of fast-paced, interactive, one-day courses offered to refine a Rotarian's leadership skills and increase their base of knowledge in Rotary.

Courses are fun, topical, interactive, and geared toward busy business and professional persons who want to be more effective leaders in their vocation and club and more knowledgeable Rotarians.

Every Rotary Club is encouraged to sponsor at least two candidates for every RLI session. Students return to their club with enthusiasm, new contacts, fresh ideas, an increased understanding of their potential as Rotarians, and valuable skills impacting their potential leadership in their Rotary club and in their careers. Registration is quick and simple and you may register on-line.

You can find excellent RLI materials at



RLIZones30and31DistrictsSmWhat is Heart of America?

Heart of America consists of Rotary Districts located in Rotary Zones 30 & 31. This RLI program is an effort by those Rotary Zone and District leaders to help prepare Rotarians for excellent leadership in Rotary and in their chosen professions.


The map to the right will help you see where the different districts are within Zones 30 and 31. Using this map, you can select which districts to look for an RLI event near you.