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Rotary PETS

This weekend I attended the Rotary Peach State PETS Presidents- Elect Training Seminar in Atlanta. It is mandatory training for incoming Rotary Club President- Elects and President- Nominees.

After numerous sessions on a wide variety of topics, I feel much more prepared to become President of the Rotary Club of Canton in July.

The upcoming Rotary year is expected be a very special one because the Annual Rotary International Convention will be held in Atlanta. It is a dual celebration because it will also mark the 100 year anniversary of the Rotary Foundation.

This once-ever event will be on the same scale as the 1996 Summer Olympics with thousands of people from all over the world arriving to Atlanta to celebrate the great work that Rotary does.

Along with the Rotary-specific information I learned, here is what else stood out over the weekend:

  1. Goals Need Accountability. Setting goals alone is not enough. Hold yourself, or have a friend(s) make sure you are held accountable to reach your goals. Rotary does an excellent job of this.
  2. Communication is Key. No matter your vocation, communication- written and verbal- is and will always be a vital part of your success. Bottom line.
  3. Always Know Your 'Why.' When Rotary International President John Germ, who I was privileged to hear speak twice during the seminar, was asked why he was pushing Rotary so hard for memberships and charitable giving to fund Polio elimination, his reply was "Do you want your kids or your grand kids to be crippled?... Neither do I. We're close to wiping it off the planet and we'd be crazy to stop now." The answer was so compelling it drew an applause. Knowing your Why determines the What, Who, When, Where, and How. A solid Why is the foundation and reason for what you do. Everything else is the means. 


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