President-Elect Training Seminar

The purpose of the Presidents-Elect Training Seminar (PETS) is to develop club presidents who have the necessary skills, knowledge and motivation to:

·          sustain and grow their club’s membership base;

·          implement successful projects that address the needs of their communities and communities in other countries;

·          support The Rotary Foundation through both financial contributions and program participation; and

·          develop leaders capable of serving beyond the club level.

Board-Recommended Topics

The RI Board has recommended that the PETS program should consist of one and one half days of plenary sessions and group discussion of clearly defined Rotary content including the following subjects:

1.      Presentation Of The RI Theme


·          understand the concepts presented in the RI theme; and

·          utilize the theme as the inspirational framework for club activities in the coming Rotary year.

2.      Roles And Responsibilities of Club President


·          understand all aspects of the role of the Rotary club president; and

·          be fully aware of the responsibilities and expectations of the position.

3.      Goal Setting


·          understand the importance of setting goals and the characteristics of an effective goal; and

·          lead club members in establishing membership, service and Rotary Foundation goals.

4.      Selecting And Preparing Club Leaders


·          understand the importance of building a club organization based on the needs and goals of the club;

·          identify the skill sets needed by Rotarians to serve as effective club leaders; and

·          prepare the club’s leadership team for the coming year.

5.      Club Administration


·          fully understand the policies and procedures that serve as the framework for operation of the Rotary club;

·          be aware of the club’s administrative requirements to the district and RI;

·          understand the role of the governor and assistant governor in supporting the club; and

·          develop new ideas for weekly club programs that will be of interest to club members.

6.      Membership Recruitment and Orientation


·          fully understand the policies and procedures that serve as a framework for Rotary membership;

·          lead the club in establishing progressive yet realistic membership goals for the upcoming Rotary year; and

·          understand the components of effective membership programs.

7.      Effective Service Projects


·          understand the components of a successful service project;

·          recognize the need to undertake projects that address the real needs of the community being served; and

·          know how to conduct a needs assessment of the community.

8.      The Rotary Foundation


·          understand the principle programs and activities of The Rotary Foundation; and

·          lead the club in establishing a progressive yet realistic Foundation contribution goal for the upcoming year.

9.        Resources- Where They Are And How To Use Them


·          be aware of, and be able to access the resources available to help carry out responsibilities; and

·          understand the importance of recognition in a volunteer organization, and be aware of recognition programs available through RI and The Rotary Foundation.

10.     Planning For The Year


·          understand how to use the “Planning Guide for Effective Rotary Clubs” as a resource for establishing club plans and objectives; and

·          develop a basic outline of a working plan for the club that can be completed by the club president with club members upon returning home.


Participants attending the PETS should include:

·          the governor-elect, who has overall responsibility for the seminar;

·          the district trainer, who plans and conducts the seminar under the supervision of the governor-elect;

·          assistant governors, who assist the district governor with promoting attendance as well as with team building;

·          the PETS Training Team (comprised of qualified past governors and district chairpersons); and

·          all incoming club presidents in the district.

It is recommended that the expenses of the incoming club presidents be paid by the club or district.