Compliments flowed about the value of Rotary Leadership Institute training as the first class of 15 graduates of the program celebrated at the historic Hume Hotel in Nelson on Feb. 26. The class, consisting of Rotarians from 8 area clubs, completed the 3 part program over the course of the past year and a half.
All agreed that learning through a facilitated group process had enriched their lives as well as contributing to their personal knowledge about Rotary and leadership. A young business owner commented that the leadership skills that he had acquired were relevant in his business as well as Rotary. A seasoned Rotarian felt increased confidence in being a resource to newer as well as more experienced Rotarians. All felt that the skills and knowledge that they had acquired equipped them to better serve in a variety of club roles as well as at the District level. All agreed to encourage other Rotarians to complete the program.
The RLI program in District 5080 has developed under the direction of Past District Governor Allan Davis of Cranbrook. He has worked with a group of 15 facilitators from throughout the District who have voluntarily given of their time to provide RLI sessions throughout the district. In the next weeks, Level 2 training will take place in Coeur d’Alene on March 12 and Part 3 will take place on April 9 in Coeur d’Alene, April 30 in the Tri-Cities, May 7 in Cranbrook and May 14 in Spokane Valley. It is hoped that 100 graduates from throughout the District will receive RLI certificates signed by the President of Rotary International at the District Convention. In addition, a training program for future facilitators will be held on Friday April 15 in Spokane in conjunction with District Assembly.
Instructors Val Buchanan, PDG Allan Davis & Sheila Hart, pictured centre front, were pleased to pose with the 1st Rotary Leadership Institute graduating class in District 5080.
Pictured front left Colleen Driscoll (Nelson), Maddy Harlamovs (Waneta - Trail Sunrise), Sandra England (Nelson Daybreak).
Centre from left: George Harding (Nakusp), Jennifer Cowan (Nelson), Lynn O’Connor (Colville), Ardith White (Trail), ADG Linda Krahn (Castlegar)
Back left: Howie Grant (Nelson), Robin Cherbo (Nelson), Wes Shippey (Nelson Daybreak), Bill Tobey (Nakusp), Ed Edmondson (Nelson), Cheryle McMillan (Creston), Graham Matthew (Nelson Daybreak)