Welcome to The Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) Great Lakes Division

Excellent leadership is the key to successful service by our clubs, to our communities and to the world. The purpose of the RLI is to assist in improving the Rotary knowledge and leadership skills of the future leaders of our Rotary clubs.

Contact Person:

    Your District Governor


DG Jon Catlin




DG Randy Ettima




DG Nathan Triplett




DG Karen Gabrys




DG John Frischie



Testimonials—What Rotarians say about attending this program:

Great seeing you at RLI II last week! It was fantastic! Anyway, I am glad we talked about the International Conference in Atlanta in 2017. I just signed up! I got round trip airfare on United for $178 total. Such a deal! Anyway, all set with conference and hotel, too! Can’t wait for my first international conference!!!! Thanks again for encouraging me.

Laura Mannion, EdD, CFRE, Merrillville District 6540

Thank you and your team for an in depth and enjoyable training program. We took a lot of ideas with us when we left and hope to implement them in the coming future.

Simon Narasimhan, President, Marshall Rotary.

I never cease to be energized and inspired by Rotarians. It seems that if you can put up the tent and invite them to the party, amazing things will always happen. Please convey our collective thanks to the entire team that helped organize and engage us.

Nancy Thornton, President, Traverse Bay Sunrise

In my 16 years of Rotary, this was THE best training/workshop I've attended on a district or even international level. The presenters were enthusiastic, the approaches to the information were novel, the day flew by and I learned so much. I also appreciate that there was plenty of time for fellowship and networking.
Again, thanks for your planning and hard work to make this Institute informative and fun.
I eagerly look forward to Part 2 and Part 3.

Leann Burger, D-6290, Manistee Sunrise

Within the week after the RLI Part I training, I was already underway with one of the projects that were discussed. I can't wait to share the information at the next level of RLI (if there is an opportunity to do so). We are collecting school supplies for students that come from low-income families. We have had an overwhelming interest and support in this project. All of this thanks to the training at the RLI!

Cheryl Murray, Rotary Club of Royal Oak

I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at RLI.I have met many interesting people and leave with a new enthusiasm for Rotary.
I believe everyone should attend RLI. Great job everyone!! You have all been amazing presenters and encouragers!!!

Kim Pierce, Rotary Club of Chatham Sunrise, Ontario

I've had two life altering experiences in my life. One was delivering (clean water) biosand filters to the Dominican Republic and one was the Rotary Leadership Institute.

Mike Wood, President, Jackson Breakfast