What is the Emerging Rotary Leaders (ERL) Program?

The objective of the ERL program is to (1) Expose the District’s Emerging Leadership to a wider range of thinking, resources, and communication in Rotary, and (2) To connect them with other Emerging Leadership throughout Zones 25 and 26. 

Goals of the ERL program:

  • To provide an opportunity to develop future leaders in Districts.
  • Districts need quality and qualified Governors, but they also need skilled leadership in many other capacities—Assistant Governor, Rotary Foundation leaders or District Conference chairs. District leadership benefits by their attendance at an Institute.
  • To help Rotarians focus their passion—even though they decided the District governor path was not for them.
    “It helped me better understand that I had something to offer Rotary. I was energized by the Institute and quickly became more involved in leadership roles upon my return”
  • To connect the participants for the good of Rotary.
    “I found my experience to be a very motivational and inspiring experience. We were very favorably impressed with the quality of people we met there, many who are still friends.”
  • To encourage future leaders to take on leadership responsibilities in their district.

It works. It is a proven investment!

Since its inception, more than 50% of the Zones 25 & 26 Governors have participated in this program. Others found and took a different path.
“I realized that what I really wanted to do in the district was to lead the communications effort. That is what I will do. It was not my path to be District Governor”.

ERL-1-David-Bobanick-harvesting-fruitDavid Bobanick harvesting fruit

Who are the ERL’s for 2016?

The 2016-17 DGE’s will appoint two of their district’s up-and-coming leaders.

These are individuals who can assume larger leadership responsibilities at the District or might be a candidate for District Governor. Please note, this is the Zone’s long standing, successful program—formerly known as the SIG (Special Invited Guest program).

Criterion for the ERL selection:

  • Demonstrated leadership skills. Is qualified to be considered to be a district leader and is open to exploring the possibilities. An example, not typically considered would be young professional leaders you want to encourage to be more engaged in the district leadership.
  • Has served the district as an AG, an active member of a substantial committee, the former District Trainer or in a committee chair capacity.
  • Has not previously attended as an Emerging Rotary Leader or Special Invited Guest, or has not already been selected to serve as a District Governor.
  • Or, is qualified to become a District Governor and is open to exploring the possibilities.

What is the tentative ERL program timing for 2016?

Unique programming is offered to the ERL attendees. They will engage RI Senior leadership, discuss and explore current topics, and participate in the Institute, which includes outstanding speakers and innovative Rotary thinking.
“The biggest value of ’this program was that it opened our eyes to the wider world of Rotary.”

ERL Program
Wednesday late afternoon November 9 4-6 PM Registration & informal mix & mingle with other ERL’s
Dinner on own
Thursday November 10Programming & speakers from 8:30 AM-4PM
Lunch together with DRLs
Thursday night November 10Institute begins with dinner and presentation of the District Governors elect
Join all other Institute attendees on a hands-on service project with Boys & Girls Clubs in Santa Barbara
Friday Class Dinner together at “class reunions” in downtown Santa Barbara

Buy tickets to attend the Concert with Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue at the Arlington Theater—after dinner

Saturday November 12 Attend the Institute meals & programming

3:10-4:10 PM—special ERL meeting

Sunday Noon November 13Interfaith Service
Brunch and morning programming