What Should You Expect?
Arriving and Getting Started
Because of the geographic size of Florida and the distances participants travel from the far corner of the state and the Bahamas, sessions don't start until 1:30 on Thursday afternoon. You can opt out of a Thursday session and sign up for 30 minutes of tutoring on Rotary Club Central. Sign up for a 30 minute session when you arrive and register. There is also a get-acquainted ice cream reception Thursday evening at 8:00, your whole family is invited to join us. Remember, we are right next door to Downtown Disney (now called Disney Springs), so there is much to enjoy.
There are five general sessions, where you will hear top Rotary speakers.
The genaral breakouts are focused on topics such as Planning Your Rotary Year, Engaging Club Members, Dynamics of Your Club and Board, and Making an Impact on Your Community. In these general breakout sessions, you will be in classes with others from clubs of similar size.
There are also specialized sessions for assistant governors as well as spouses who have paid an additional registration fee.
During PETS each district holds breakout sessions for those attending from their respective district.
Getting Assigned to a Group
Every president-elect is assigned a group code (A-P) which designates which club-size breakout you are to be in when not in session with your district. That group code is also on your name badge. The agenda gives you the time and location of the entire PETS schedule, including the names of breakout rooms for all sessions.
There are four planned meals – Friday lunch and dinner, Saturday breakfast and lunch.
Meals are part of the General Sessions at PETS special guest speakers will share their Rotary experiences and visions. Your attendance is required so don't make alternate plans during these meal periods. Your spouse or partner are welcome to join us for these meals, but they must be a registered PETS participant.
A word about menu choices at the four meal events. Availability of vegetarian meals are expected and will be accommodated. Special menu restrictions beyond typical vegetarian options should be brought to the attention of your governor-elect who will pass on the request to the PETS operating committee. Every attempt will be made to accommodate special requests but there is no guarantee that the hotel banquet department will be able to comply with all requests.