December 1 – March 6, 2021

If you have questions about this registration, please contact:

Kees van der Pol
250-265-0002 (home)
250-265-8442 (mobile)


• Rotary International Courses (November & December)

Four Pre-PETS Courses (webinars) (January -one per week)

Four PETS courses (interactive) (February -one per week)

Six Inspirational Speakers  (February 4, 11, 18, 25, 27)

PNWPETS Music Concert (Febuary 26)

Planning with AGs / Trainers (March -within your district)

February 26th (7 pm PST)

Tune into the PNW PETS Facebook page for a great 80’s music concert, complete with a Rotary trivia contest sponsored by Russell-Hampton.


Invite ALL your Rotary friends!
This is an open event to the Rotary world.

February 27th

Stay tuned for exciting updates about this one of a kind, presentation, in a virtual world.

After networking around the Virbela campus and visiting our sponsor vendors and the various DGE’s, head on over to the Campus Auditorium at 6:45 and grab a seat!

Starting at 7 PM, you’ll be entertained, inspired, and amused at Part Rotary International President Rick King’s talk. Coming to you from California!

One of Rotary’s most popular speakers, Mr. King, has addressed Rotary International Conventions, Assemblies, Institutes, Seminars, Conferences, and Rotary Clubs in every state in the USA 120 countries.

As the President, he led Rotary International to its greatest one-year growth record in its 100-year history, with 75,000 New Members Net, a global membership of 1,243,431, and 1,158 New Rotary Clubs in 2001-2002, more than one new club every 8 hours. In the same year, Rotarians contributed the highest amount of money ever raised for the Annual Fund of the Rotary Foundation.

Join us!



This action plan is the culmination of your educational experience. You will synthesize all the information and ideas you heard at PETS to develop your own leadership action plan  to engage your members, expand your club’s reach, have a bigger impact and adapt to our changing times.



All courses are available at the Rotary International Website. These courses should be completed by the end of December.



Remember that you must be registered in MY ROTARY before you can access the RI Learning Center.

As part of PETS preliminary training opportunities we are providing a series of live webinars and Rotary Learning Center recommendations to serve as a foundation to complement your District education and PETS sessions as you prepare to lead and serve your Rotary Club as President.  We ask that you complete the following recommended and optional courses during November and December of 2020.  All courses listed below can be found on the Rotary International Learning Center

Includes a series of courses that will sharpen your skills as your Club’s leader including:

Getting Started with the Learning Center (15 m)

Get Ready: Club President (45 m)

• Rotary Basics (15 m)

• My Rotary: Club Administration (15 m)

• Using a Club Management System (15 m)

• Rotary Club Central’s Resources (15 m)

• Online Membership Leads (30 m)

• Essentials of Understanding Conflict (30 m)

• Protecting Personal Data (30 m)

• Preventing and Addressing Harassment (45 m)

• Leading Change (30 m)

• Committing to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (15 m)


•Toastmasters:  Getting Started (5 m):  Learn about the courses Rotary is offering through the Toastmaster Alliance that will address your leadership team’s communication.

•Leadership Basics (45 m): This course focuses on fundamental leadership skills including motivating others, leadership integrity and team inclusiveness.

•Is Your Club Healthy (60 m): This course will help you and other Club leaders pinpoint opportunities for improvement of problem areas and create strategies to lead change in your Club.

•Promoting Your Club as People of Action (15 m):  Learn how to present Club members as People of Action, build awareness of the impact your Rotarians make to make the world a better place.


•Leadership: Explore what effective leaders do, and how you can engage your Club members in goal-focused action

•Foundation: Obtain insights into the Rotary International / Rotary Foundation partnership, and how engaging with The Rotary Foundation enriches the member experience in Rotary

•Membership: Explore how to lead your Club toward improved vibrancy, while creating a positive membership experience

•Public Image: Illustrate how Rotary’s community presence impacts your Club’s vibrancy and membership growth through promoting your Club’s contribution through service


•Increase Our Ability To Adapt Your Rotary club is facing many challenges in the changing world. Explore how to help your club remain relevant and adapt.

•Enhance Participant Engagement Explore flexible club models and ways to engage new and current members. Identify ways to deliver on the promise of Rotary membership and impact your community

•Expand Our Reach Explore new partnerships for service and expand your club’s network to do good in the world. Identify resources to tell your club’s stories to strengthen your public image.

•Increase Our Impact Is your club spending time on things that really matter? Explore how Rotarians can build relationships with partners in your community to increase your impact. Understand the value of a community assessment tool.


February 4th (7 pm – 8 pm PST)



Jordan Harrison is a professional speaker, educational consultant and international youth development specialist born in Evanston, IL. His mission-driven life focuses on radical imagination and eradicating inequality with the constant reminder of our collective humanity.

His work has allowed him to speak to over 250,000 people on diversity, equity, inclusion and how to develop the audacity to dream. He currently is the Senior Director of Programs for Reality Changers where he has worked with over 100,000 8th-12th grade first-generation college-bound students throughout the United States and Europe. He works with students, educators, and professionals to provide solutions to one question, “How do we create environments where every person can succeed, no matter where they come from.”.

Harrison is committed to changing the educational outcomes of low-income, under-represented and first-generation students from underserved communities around the world. Jordan has worked on creating solutions to urban education challenges with the US Attorney’s office, Fortune 100 companies, US News and World Reports, UC San Diego, Harvard University, and many others.

His work recently earned him a full-ride fellowship to Harvard University where he earned his Master’s in Education in 2018. Harrison continues his work in transforming lives, communities and the world with the message to encourage others to have the audacity to dream and the discipline to achieve.

February 11th (7 pm – 8 pm PST)

Rotary International President-Elect


Shekhar Mehta is only the 4th Indian in 115 years to be nominated as the President of Rotary International for the year 2021-22.

Shekhar Mehta was born in 1959 in Kolkata India. A keen academician, he graduated from St. Xavier’s College, and has the unique combination of Masters in Commerce, a qualified Chartered Accountant, Cost Accountant and Company Secretary.

He heads the Skyline Group, engaged in Real Estate Development in different parts of India, including the largest group housing in the state of Rajasthan.

He is member of many professional, cultural, and charitable organizations. He has served as trustee of ShelterBox (UK)He is a trustee of Operation Eyesight India, a Canada based organization.

Shekhar Mehta joined Rotary in 1985. He is a member of Rotary Calcutta Mahanagar.
He served as District Governor in 1999-2000 and was elevated to the Board of Directors of Rotary International for 2011-2013. He has been Chairman of Joint Partnership Committee of Rotary International, Strategic Planning Committee of Rotary International, Rotary India Literacy Mission, Rotary Foundation India, Rotary India Centennial Celebrations, and Rotary India Humanity Foundation.

He served as Director on the Board of Rotary International from 2011 to 2013. While serving as Rotary International Director, he helped Rotary add two countries to its fold – Bhutan & Maldives.

Keenly dedicated to service, Shekhar Mehta has led many major service initiatives in India & South Asia. Some significant initiatives are:

•Constructing 500 homes for Tsunami survivors at Andaman & Nicobar Islands.

•Starting the Shelter Kit program in India which has served about 20 disasters distributing more than 15,000 Shelter Kits helping about 75,000 disaster victims.

•He started saving little hearts a pediatric Heart Surgery Program – through this he has got done more than 2,500 heart surgeries for children from across India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal & African Countries. He also facilitated for the program to now become a National Program.

•Conceptualizing nationwide T-E-A-C-H a literacy program in India having reached out to more than 50,000 Schools and 15 million children. T-E-A-C-H is a holistic program on literacy. Rotary is working on the T-E-A-C-H Program with the Central Government and many State Governments. The Program has been replicated in Nepal & Pakistan.

•He has helped take the E-learning Program to millions of children through the television channels of Government of India. He is the architect of the Rotary Total Literacy Program of India.

•He has been Instrumental in setting up more than 15 Eye Hospitals across India serving nearly 50,000 eye operations each year.

•He started a scholarship program called UDAAN for marginalized children. Over last 10 years 1,000 scholarships have been given by his club.

•Responding to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s national call – He has helped set up 6000 rural toilets benefitting 30,000 people.

•Shekhar Mehta is spearheading an India-wide projects in collaboration with the Government of India, in the areas of Water, Sanitation, Literacy, Healthcare, Environment and Disaster Management. The result of these programs he professes will be “Rotary’s Role in Nation Building in India”.

The Prime Minister of India and various cabinet Ministers have applauded these mega initiatives of Rotary in India.

Shekhar Mehta is a motivational speaker. He has spoken at hundreds of events nationally and internationally. His motivation skills are par excellence which has helped raise millions of dollars for The Rotary Foundation.

Shekhar.Mehta is recipient of the highest awards of Rotary International & The Rotary Foundation:

•“Service Above Self Award”

•“The Meritorious Service Award”

•“The Distinguished Service Award”

He will serve as the world leader of 1.2 million Rotarians in 200 countries and geographical areas in the year 2021-2022.
Shekhar Mehta is married to Rashi Mehta. She is a social worker and is a stage artist, having performed in socially relevant plays across India.
They have a son, Chiraag, married to Geeta, a daughter Geeta, and a grandson Veer.
His guiding mantra in life is “Service is the rent that we pay for the space we occupy on this earth.”

February 18th (7 pm – 8:30 PST)

Zones 26-27 RI International Director 2021-23


Vicki Puliz will serve as Rotary International Director from the “Big West” Zones 26 & 27 from 2021 to 2023. Vicki is a proud member of the Rotary Club of Sparks, Nevada. She joined Sparks Rotary in 1992, served as club president in 2004-2005, and as Governor for District 5190 in 2013-2014.

Vicki’s “why” in Rotary is to make a positive difference – whether in youth service, public image, polio eradication, leadership development, education, or growing Rotary through new clubs and supporting Rotarians and Rotaractors.

Vicki graduated from the University of Utah with a Marketing degree and Master of Business Administration, and went on to own a commercial electrical contracting firm in northern Nevada.

Vicki and her husband, Tim, live in Reno, Nevada, USA at the base of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Their blended family includes 7 adult children, 9 grandchildren, and 3 Rotary Youth Exchange daughters. Their interests include outdoor activities and general aviation. Vicki and Pilot Tim are members for the International Fellowship of Flying Rotarians. They support Our Rotary Foundation as Major Donors.

Zones 28-32 RI International Director 2020-22


Valarie had a 27 year career as a restaurant owner in Toronto. The brand, Tim Hortons, is the most recognized and iconic franchise in Canada. The Wafer’s operation was best known for its inclusive hiring practices and accessibility, especially in the area of employment.

Valarie was governor of District 7070, which covers the greater Toronto area, in 2013/14. Now residing in Collingwood, her home club is the Rotary Club of Collingwood South Georgian Bay, District 7010. Valarie has continued to serve Rotary in a number of international roles. She is an international trainer, a member of the international convention committee, representative of the Rotary International President, and most recently was been elected to serve on the board of Rotary International 2020-2022

During Valarie’s tenure as a Rotarian she has participated and led many initiatives, including a recent mission to Kosovo with Gift of Life International. She has also served as the Vocational Training Team leader to Australia in 2010 focusing on youth mental health, a national immunization day in India in 2012 and has travelled to Kenya and Tanzania to audit long term Rotary Foundation grant activity.

Valarie, and her husband of 33 years, Mark, are Paul Harris Fellows, Bequest Society members, and Major Donors to The Rotary Foundation.

February 25th (7 pm – 8 pm PST)



Joan was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and contracted polio during the 1951 epidemics. Her family moved to Victoria BC where she married Terry in 1964. They have a son, a daughter and 4 grandchildren. Thirty years after acute polio, Joan began to experience cold intolerance, muscle weakness and extreme fatigue.  She was diagnosed with Post Polio Syndrome which is an after-effect of polio.  She then began the long journey of surgeries and rehabilitation.

When Rotary International began their number one priority of eradicating polio, she became an avid supporter, speaking to Rotarians about polio and Post Polio Syndrome. Joan emphasizes the necessity of vaccines when speaking with younger people and what immunizations can prevent.

Joan is a Past-President of the Rotary Club of Victoria. She was honoured to be proposed for Rotary by RI President Gary Huang and seconded by RI President Rick King.  Joan is also a survivor of polio.   She is a Multiple Paul Harris Fellow and a Rotary Foundation Benefactor.  Joan has received a President’s Commendation and a District 5020 Award of Excellence.  She has received the Rotary Foundation District Service Award – twice.  Joan has also been presented with the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award and the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers. Joan was honored to be recently recognized by Bill Gates for her work with Polio Plus.

She deeply admires Rotary’s commitment to the children of our world.  Joan and Terry have worked for polio eradication for many years and feel privileged they will see the end of polio in this world very soon.  Joan says that to have been a small part of that is simply outstanding.


February 27th


Past Rotary International President


Richard King graduated from U.C. Berkeley in 1959 (where he served as the first vice-president of the student body) and went on to law school. After graduating from Boalt Hall Law School in 1962, Richard King taught both English and Business Law at Brigham Young University. In 1963, King served for two years on active duty with the U.S. Army in Military Intelligence, attaining the rank of Captain. He was admitted to practice law in both California and Utah in 1963. A top-rated lawyer, Richard King founded a law firm. His two brothers joined him in the practice of King, King, & King in 1967.

King has long been involved in public service and charitable organizations, and was recognized in 1980 by 50 different organizations for his contributions, as well as the President of the United States.

He has served in leadership roles in the Rotary Club for 35 years, as a Club President, District Governor, Trustee of the Rotary Foundation, International Director, Chairman of the Executive Committee, and last year as the world President of Rotary International. King’s term produced the single largest growth year in Rotary’s 98-year history. From July 1, 2001 to June 30, 2002 some 75,000 new members joined Rotary; 1,158 new Rotary Clubs were chartered (more than one every 8 hours); 795 new Interact Clubs (high school Rotary clubs) were chartered; and $67 million (the largest sum ever raised in one year) was contributed to the annual fund of the Rotary Foundation. At the end of his 2001-2002 term, Rotary membership stood at an all-time record of 1,243,431 community leaders in 204 countries and geographical regions.

Richard performed professionally as a singer and actor in his own shows in Las Vegas and in leading roles of West Coast productions of Broadway musicals. All his adult life, King has been an acclaimed motivational speaker, and has addressed audiences in every state and in over 100 countries.

Rick currently is serving as the Executive Director of the Wheelchair Foundation. This organization provides wheelchairs free of charge to handicapped persons who cannot afford one, giving them freedom and mobility. The Wheelchair Foundation has distributed some 112,000 wheelchairs in 90 countries over the past two years.

“An Uncommon Man … A Commitment Made and Kept.”