The "Presidents-Elect Training Seminars" was first discussed at a
Zone Institute for Zones 1 and 7 held at Kona, Hawaii in
During the meeting Rotarians developed an idea for specialized training for
future Club Presidents.
At its October-November 1977 meeting, the Board of Rotary International
received information about training that was scheduled to take place in a
district in California in January 1978. The Board decided to encourage
district governors to schedule training sessions for incoming club
presidents. Similar decisions were made in subsequent years.
In December 1977, General Secretary
Harry A. Stewart shared the Board
decision with Rotarians.
He explained that District Governors were
encouraged to schedule training between 1 January and 31 March
provided a sample outline and topics for training.
The 1981 Manual of Procedure includes statements encouraging and emphasizing
the schedule of training for incoming club presidents, utilizing Rotary
Board approved training materials.
At its May-June 1983 meeting, the Board adopted presidents-elect training
seminars as part of Rotary’s leadership program.
Only 3 years later, the original idea was formally adopted when the
Council on Legislation approved enactment 86-105 to establish a presidents-
elect training seminar.
The term PETS was first coined when the 2010 Manual of Procedure, on page
288, defines presidents-elect training seminars (PETS) as “a training
meeting conducted annually, preferably in February or March, for club
presidents-elect. Its purpose is to prepare incoming club presidents for
their year as president and give district governors-elect and incoming
assistant governors the opportunity to motivate incoming presidents and
build their working relationship.”
Rotary Archives advises that current policies about Presidents-elect
training seminars can be found in the Rotary Code of Policies