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Be a Graduate of the Academy Class of 2017

Academy Dean, PDG Sarah OliverIn the fall of 2014, District 6440 adopted the District Leadership Program to train Club and District leaders (Past Presidents, past and present AGs, District Officers and Committee Chairs, and other interested Rotarians) to serve as future club and district leaders.  We adopted the program from District 5110's highly successful program which is now in its 18th year.

The Leadersip Academy program uses the "Canvas" Virtual Classroom learning managements system which is web-based with all work being completed online.  It is comprised of a Pre-Course which is available in August for all registered participants that will prepare them in the use of Canvas prior to the start of classes on Sept. 1. 

The program iteself is comprised of six courses (Communications, Membership, Public Relations, Youth Service, Rotary Organization, and The Rotary Foundation).  Each course is a month long and includes the review of specific resources, online discussions, a written assignment and a final exam taken on Canvas.

I encourage you to participate in this year's Academy and become one of Rotary's most knowledgable Rotarians.  Contact me,  Academy Dean, PDG Sarah Oliver for information.  All brochures, information and required documents for admission are located on the Download page. 

Registration Materials Now Available

Student Support Throughout the year

DLA LogoThe Rotarians from District 6440 who participated in the Leadership Academy during the 2014-2015 Academy year made a commitment to complete the program, evaluate it, and provide input to District 6440 on adopting the program.  This first class graduated in April 2015 during the District Conference.  Now, they serve as the faculty for the Leadership Academy with PDG Sarah Oliver serving as the Academy Dean.

The Faculty is the heart and soul of the Academy program.  They research their course, create the syllabus, review and score all assignments.  They participate in course discussions and prepare the final exam. 

During each course, students will be provided with feedback by their instructor to insure they successfully complete the entire Academy program. 

By the time they graduate, participants will know they are some of the most knowledgeable Rotarians in their district and will take pride in wearing the Academy pin.

Space is limited to 25 participants and the deadline for applications is August 15, 2016.  The Pre-Course will be available on August 1 and Course #1: Communications, will begin on 9/1/16.

This Web Site's
Design Technology

Responsive Web Design This Academy web site incorporates the latest web site design technology including "responsive design".  This means that the web site pages will resize automatically to adjust and convert the content of each page to insure the highest level of readability and navigation whether you are using your desktop, laptop, tablet, or smartphone.  It does this seamlessly and means that each and every device you use for this web site will be easily readable, fully accessable and will enable you to work online no matter where you are or what device you use (as long as you are connected to the Internet.)

Responsive Design works on both IOS and Android operating systems as well as Windows and Blackberry.  When you access the web site, it is able to quickly identify the device your are using and immediately changes the site design format accordingly.  It truly "knows" what you need in order to access the web site on all of your devices. 

We believe students will find this to be a very useful feature of the web site. If you have questions or comments on the Academy web site please send them to the Academy Administrator.

Application Deadline August 15, 2016
Submit to
Academy Dean, PDG Sarah Oliver at

Welcome to The Leadership Academy

Harriett SchloerGreetings to the Rotarians of District 6440.  My name is Harriett Schloer and I am a member of the Rotary Club of Bend High Desert in Bend, Oregon.  We are part of District 5110, the district that originally created the District Leadership Academy program.  I was one of the founders of the program in 1998 and have been an instructor and the Academy webmaster since the beginning.  In 2014 I also took on the role of the Academy Canvas Administrator.

During the Academy year, I will be assisting your district in recruiting Rotarians to participate in the DLA program as well as prepare all participants by registering them in Canvas, overseeing the "Pre-Course" and teaching Course #1:  Rotary Communications which is my area of Rotary expertise.  In addition, I'll be the head "cheerleader" to encourage and support all participants throughout the Academy year.  Finally, I am the Canvas "technology trainer" for all participants to insure they will successfully complete the program and graduate at the end of the year.

When a Rotarian participates in the DLA program, they are not really sure what they are going to gain from the experience.  To see how one graduate felt about the experience, I suggest you read the essay he wrote at the end of his Academy year. CLICK HERE

I welcome you to the DLA program and look forward to working with you during the coming year.  I can assure you it will be a most worthwhile & rewarding Rotary experience. 

Harriett's Signature
Academy Canvas Administrator

Design by Schloer and Associates