President Elect Training
Congratulations on being elected by your Club to serve as Club President! There are two trainings that you need to attend: District Leadership Team Meeting/Pre-PETS and PETS (President Elect Training Seminar).
District Training Assembly & Pre-PETS

The District Training Assembly will be held on Saturday, February 4, 2023 at the York HACC Campus in the Cytec Building. The Cytec building will be located on the right hand side of Pennyslvania Avenue. 

Registration, coffee, and pastries will be available from 8:00 a.m. until 8:30 a.m. The training portion will begin at 8:30 a.m. and include a luncheon buffet. Lunch will begin at 11:30 a.m. and feature a keynote speaker. Cost to attend is $20 per person. 

At the conclusion of lunch, all Rotarians will be dismissed with the exception of the President-Elects and Assistant Governors who will remain until 3:30 p.m. for a Pre-PETS training session. 

There  is no cost for the Club President-Elect to attend the District Training Assembly and Pre-PETS session. All other Rotarians will need to register and pay a nominal $20 registration fee. 


PETS (President-Elect Training Session)
Congratulations on being selected by your club to lead them during the 2023-2024 Rotary year. PETS is a very different training experience that will provide you with the important information that you will need to lead your club in the coming Rotary Year.
  • You will learn about leadership strategies that will empower you to manage your club; The Rotary Foundation; and Rotary International’s Public Image and Branding campaign.
  • Your interactive sessions will allow you to share your ideas with your fellow Presidents-elect.
  • You can network to form Rotary and professional partnerships with your “classmates” through our sessions and District Hosted Hospitality suites.
Our optional sessions take place on the evening of Thursday February 23rd and your RI required sessions begin on Friday, February 24th and conclude on Saturday, February 25, 2023. You must register for PETS and make your hotel room reservation. Your PETS registration has been paid by the District, however, the cost of your hotel room is covered by you. 
Please note that you must contact your Governor-elect to make other training arrangements if you cannot attend the MAPETS. A list of alternate PETS options from PETS Alliance is available under Resources on the menu above.
On July 1, 2023, you will become the president of your Rotary club along with more than 33,000 Presidents-elect around the world. This is both a privilege and a responsibility. Whether you are a new or repeat President-elect, you are expected to attend the Mid-Atlantic Presidents-elect Training Seminar (MAPETS). Attending MAPETS is the very best way to insure that you have all the tools that you need to be a successful club president.
Registration to join almost 300 dedicated Rotarians at this inspiring and uplifting event is now open. Explore the website to register, review the program offerings, read the bios of the plenary speakers selected just for you and check the resources to help you prepare for “your year” as president of your Rotary club.
Please visit to learn more about PETS. 

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