Mid-South P.E.T.S., or Presidents-Elect Training Seminar, is a multistate training session of the six Rotary Districts in Alabama, Kentucky and Tennessee. Rotary club leaders generally represent key community leaders throughout the world. Nelson is the owner of Ocoee Insurance Services, a full service multiline agency in Cleveland.
Consisting of well-known, exceptional speakers, informative roundtables and discussion Groups, detailed district training sessions, fellowship and networking, the basic purpose of P.E.T.S. is to have the best prepared, most enthusiastic club presidents in the Rotary world. Annually, nearly 400 presidents-elect return home from P.E.T.S. prepared to carry out their Rotary duties when they take office in July.
Rotary is a volunteer organization of 1.2 million business and professional leaders united worldwide to provide humanitarian service and help build goodwill and peace. More than 34,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas conduct projects to address today’s challenges — including illiteracy, disease, hunger, poverty, child abuse, lack of clean water, and environmental concerns — while encouraging high ethical standards in all vocations.
As the world’s largest private provider of international scholarships, The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International helps more than 1,000 students annually to study abroad and serve as cultural ambassadors. Rotary also partners with seven prestigious universities around the world, providing opportunities to earn a master’s degree in peace and conflict resolution. PolioPlus is Rotary’s flagship program.
In 1985, when the polio eradication program began, there were more than 1,000 new polio cases reported per day. By the time polio is eradicated, Rotary club members will have contributed over $1 billion and countless volunteer hours to immunize more than two billion children in 122 countries.
Rotary is a spearheading partner in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, along with the World Health Organization, UNICEF and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The Rotary Club of Cleveland was chartered in 1924 and meets at noon on Tuesdays at the Mountain View Inn. For more information, contact Nelson at 423-618-0435, or visit the club website at www.rotary.org.