Far West PETS
The President Elect Training Seminar (PETS) serving nine Rotary International districts in California, Nevada and Hawaii
March 6-8, 2015 DoubleTree Hotel San Jose, CA

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Our Keynote headliner on Friday night will be one of the most
dynamic speakers in Rotary,

Past Rotary International President Rick King



Mr. King is a senior partner in the California law firm King, King, & King.  He earned his law degrees from the University of California at Berkeley.  He taught law at Brigham Young University.  He is admitted to practice in both Utah and California as well as before the Supreme Court of the U.S.  A Rotarian since 1968, he is a member of the Rotary Club of Niles-Fremont, California.  He has served as a director and trustee of The Rotary Foundation.  Mr. King has also served Rotary as a club president, district governor, an international assembly instructor and an official representative of the President of Rotary International.  Mr. King has received the Rotary Citation for Meritorious Service and the Distinguished Service Award for his support of humanitarian and educational programs of the Rotary Foundation.  One of Rotary’s most popular speakers, Mr. King has addressed Rotary International Conventions, Assemblies, Institutes, Seminars, Conferences and Rotary Clubs in every state of the USA and some 100 countries.  As President, he led Rotary 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.  In the same year, Rotarians contributed the highest amount of money ever raised for the Annual Fund of the Rotary Foundation. 

Mr. King is married to Cherie Kay King.  They have two grown sons.


Keynote Speaker Saturday Morning

Ambassadorial Scholar Jean Irwin


Jean Irwin, a retired teacher of the deaf will be the keynote speaker at our Saturday morning session.  Irwin’s Ambassadorial Scholarship in 1989 allowed her to do research into reading and deafness while she earned her master’s degree at Nottingham University in England.  She took those skills into the classroom, where she taught preschool through 12th grade. She was honored as Reading Teacher of the Year in 1992 by the International Reading Association, and received the “Best of Education” award in 2004 from the Reno Gazette Journal.


In 2009, Irwin received the “Service Above Self” award from Rotary International.  She has spoken at hundreds of conferences to both Rotarians and teachers of the deaf about what she learned as an Ambassadorial Scholar.


Irwin moved beyond the classroom when she worked as a grassroots coordinator for passage of a bill making testing of hearing mandatory before a newborn baby leaves a hospital in Nevada.  That state moved from 36th to eighth in the nation for children tested at birth for hearing loss just two years after this bill passed, resulting in the early intervention that is so critical to language development.


Now she wants to use what she learned about reading to foster more literacy involvement from Rotarians.  She is a graduate of California State University - Fresno. 

Irwin married David Hatfield in June 2010 and they spent part of their honeymoon at the Rotary International Convention in Montreal.


Saturday Luncheon will feature

Dr. Marilyn Fitzgerald

from the Rotary Club of Traverse City, Michigan


Dr. Marilyn Fitzgerald is a Foundation Alumni and board member of the Rotary Action Group-Microloans which provides "leadership and guidance to other Rotarians in the elimination of poverty through microfinance."  Marilyn is the author of “If I Had a Water Buffalo” published in 2012, with the Forward written by Dr. Muhammad Yunus, 2006 Nobel Peace Laureate.  She also was involved with an article in The Rotarian in February 2013 on Micro-credit. She will share with you information about microcredits and sustainable projects.  Her adventure began when she was Team Leader for a Rotary Group Study Exchange trip to Bali, Indonesia, and has continued through multiple return visits to gain support for children’s educational programs there. She will share her experiences and bring us a first-hand report on this unique form of Service Above Self.  Our speaker will share memorable personal experiences in the field as well as practical advice and inspiration for Rotarians of similar adventurous and eleemosynary spirit.



Our Sunday Closing Brunch will feature the one and only… 

Past Rotary International President

Cliff Dochterman

Rotary Club of Moraga, California

“If I Could be President Again”



Clifford L. Dochterman, 1992-93 Rotary International President, has served in almost every Rotary assignment known, including RI Director, RI Vice President, RI Foundation Chairman, District Governor, and president of the Rotary Club of Berkeley.  He has served on more Rotary committees and talked to more Rotary Clubs than any other Rotarian.  His book, The ABC’s of Rotary, has been translated into twenty languages


Outside of Rotary, Cliff has served as president of the Stockton Chamber of Commerce and chairman of the San Joaquin County Parks and Recreation Commission.  For his service to the Boy Scouts of America, Cliff has received three of the Boy Scouts’ Distinguished Eagle awards.  Cliff’s professional career spanned forty years in administration at UC Berkeley and the University of the Pacific.

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