Posted by Eugene Medina
Congratulations to our District 5495  Class of 2020-21 Graduates of the Arizona Rotary Leadership Academy (RLA)
Our Class of 2020-21 RLA graduates 
Karen Brown, Kingman Route 66 RC
Tony Cerato, Phoenix 100 RC
Linda Fulmore, Scottsdale North RC
Larry Horton, Tempe Rio Salada RC
Mike Jacoby, Scottsdale North RC
Deborah Mahoney, Gilbert RC
Elizabeth Mahoney, Sun City Satellite  RC
Patsy Root, Wickenburg RC
Jim Schmidt, Mesa West RC
This accomplished and talented group of nine (9) Rotary leaders have met and exceeded the challenges and demonstrated the rigor necessary to complete the Arizona Rotary Leadership Academy’s “Course of Study”. These Rotarians took courses each month (September, October, November, January, February and March) of this Rotary  year to work both online and via Zoom to explore Rotary leadership. On the average, the program calls for 60 to 72 hours or more of online, offline and Zoom learning activities. As you know from your own experiences, learning seminars/workshops in and of  themselves can be quite challenging because of their impact on our busy lives as Rotarians and professionals.
RLA is intended to be the graduate program follow-up to completion of the three levels of Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) and follow-up learning opportunity for past club presidents.  It is a source for linking talented Rotarians to the leadership needs of our district. The Academy explores in depth the areas of Branding/Marketing, The Rotary Foundation, Working Collaboratively to Meet Fundraising Needs, Leadership and History of the District, Membership,  Fiduciary Responsibilities and Youth Protection and  expands and deepens the Rotary knowledge and skills, particularly in leadership of our students.
District 5495 is truly fortunate to have leaders of their caliber available to provide Rotary leadership services now and in the  future.