This past Saturday a few Warminster Rotarians woke up bright and early for a session at the Rotary Leadership Institute held at the Radisson in King of Prussia.  Leo Quinn took the first of three sessions, Claudia Quinn and Chris Roehl were in the second session and I completed the third and final session.  The mission of the Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) is to provide an educational opportunity for Rotarians.  Courses are to foster Rotary knowledge and leadership skills.  The courses include discussion groups, problem solving workshops, group planning exercises and lectures are limited.

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For me, attending RLI has taught what being a Rotarian really is about.  People join Rotary for a variety of reasons.  Some are looking to network for business, while others are simply looking for fellowship but at the core, to be a Rotarian is to put service above self in helping the community.  It is said that every minute of every day Rotary will touch the lives of millions somewhere in the world.  By combining their skills and resources, Rotarians are able to make a real contribution to the lives of others.  Clubs raise tens of thousands of dollars for community projects and local charities.  Rotarians also volunteer their time - participating in community events, running projects aimed at promoting the achievements of young people, coordinating educational programs and supporting local businesses.

Because Rotary is found in more than 200 countries and regions worldwide, we are in the unique position of being able to reach people in need all over the planet, from running life-changing projects in developing countries to making an immediate response to disaster-hit regions while also helping those in a club's local community.  In addition, Rotary also has its own charity - The Rotary Foundation - which funds the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty throughout the world.  Rotary isn't just about lunch with good friends, it is about helping others in need and I am proud to be a Rotarian.