President Elect Training
Congratulations on being elected by your Club to serve as Club President! There are several trainings that you need to attend. They are Pre-PETS, PETS and District Training Assembly.
Pre-PETS (Pre-President Elect Training) will be held Saturday, February 3, 2018 at the Radisson Hotel Harrisburg (1150 Camp Hill Bypass, Camp Hill), from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 Noon. A full hot breakfast will be provided. The training is free for you to attend. At Pre-PETS you will receive your Presidents binder, nametag, theme pin and theme banner. The DGE and District Trainer will be covering a wide array of topics to include: the new Rotary theme, what to expect at PETS, how to work with your AG, Chain of Command, etc. 
PETS (President-Elect Training Session) will be held Friday, February 23 through Saturday, February 24 at the Valley Forge Radisson Convention Center (1160 First Avenue, King of Prussia, PA). There are optional classes that you can attend on Thursday, February 22nd. Please keep in mind that PRESIDENT-ELECT TRAINING (PETS) is MANDATORY!  Please bring your Presidents Manual along with you. All President-Elects MUST register for PETS on the Mid-Atlantic PETS website. Your registration fee has already been paid by the District, however you will be responsible for the cost of your hotel room.  Please call the Radisson Hotel to make your hotel reservation. The number is 1-610-354-8118. Tell the hotel you are with Rotary MAPETS to receive a discounted rate. The PETS block of rooms will be held until January 31, 2018. Please make your hotel reservation prior to January 31. 
District Training Assembly will be held Saturday, March 17 at the Radisson Hotel Harrisburg (1150 Camp Hill Bypass, Camp Hill). Click here for more information. 
About PETS:                                                                                                                          
The following paragraphs are excerpts from various RI publications, including the 2016 RI "Manual of Procedure."
A PETS, which may be a multidistrict PETS, shall take place for the purpose of orientation and training of club presidents-elect in the district as determined by the board. The PETS shall be held annually, preferably in February or March. The governor-elect shall be responsible for the PETS. The PETS shall be planned and conducted under the direction and supervision of the governors-elect. 2013 RI Constitution – Section 15.030
The president-elect shall attend the district presidents-elect training seminar and the district training assembly unless excused by the governor-elect. If so excused, the president-elect shall send a designated club representative who shall report back to the president-elect. If the president-elect does not attend the presidents-elect training seminar and the district training assembly and has not been excused by the governor-elect or, if so excused, does not send a designated club representative to such meetings, the president-elect shall not be able to serve as club president. In such event, the current president shall continue to serve until a successor who has attended a president-elect-training-seminar and district training assembly or training deemed sufficient by the governor-elect has been duly elected. - 2013 Manual of Procedure – Article 10 Section 5(c) – 2010 Part 4, Section 5, Page 204
The Presidents-elect Training Seminars (PETS) are informational programs that are planned and conducted by the district trainer under the direction and supervision of the governor-elect as provided in PETs Leaders Guide 2012. Its purpose is to develop club presidents who have the necessary skills, knowledge, and motivation to:
  • Sustain and / or 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;
  • Develop leaders capable of serving in Rotary beyond the club level.
      - PETS Leaders Guide 2012
To achieve the stated purpose of the program, the following components and learning objectives will be included in the PETS.
  • Planning Your Year
  • Running Meetings
  • Leading Rotarians
  • Engaging Your Members
  • Running Your Club

    - PETS Leaders’ Guide 2012
Participants attending the PETS should include the governor-elect, assistant governors, the district trainer, and all incoming club presidents in the district. It is recommended that the expenses of the incoming club presidents be paid by the clubs or the district.
Assistant governors shall assist the governor with promoting attendance among the presidents-elect to whose clubs they are assigned and team-building among the presidents-elect, governors-elect and themselves. - Manual of Procedure - 2013