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Founder of Bowtie Leadership & Development

CEO and Founder of Bowtie Development

, is the founder of Bowtie Leadership & Development, a company dedicated to bringing diverse people together to increase individual or organizational productivity and performance. He serves as a trainer, consultant, motivational speaker, life coach, and conversationalist.

Dr. Jenkins is a certified Leadership Management International Facilitator, Coach, and Speaker with more than 10 years of training and development, leadership development, and diversity and inclusion work experience. He has worked with several clients, 1:1, small and large businesses and organizations throughout the world such as Korea, Taiwan, Africa, Mexico, and Brazil. He has spoken to crowds as large as 30, 000 and trains groups inside fortune 500 companies, colleges and universities, and various non-profits. He spends his life dedicated to helping others see their greatness through education, exposure, and best practices. His inspiration, energy, and motivation have been said to move mountains. 

Dr. Jenkins was born and raised in the inner city of Columbia, SC. The eldest of thirteen siblings and a first-generation college student, he is a proud alumnus of The University of South Carolina where he graduated Magna Cum Laude and received his B.S. in Psychology and B.A. Sociology. He earned his Master of Science from Illinois State University and Doctorate from University of Arkansas. Throughout his undergraduate and professional career, Dr. Jenkins has served in various leadership roles and on multiple boards within higher education, professional organizations, non-profits and business in his community, both locally and internationally.

Dr. Jenkins continues to explore his strong passions through research and practices in leadership training and development for individuals and organizations, youth services and development, and intercultural conversations. In particular Todd’s doctoral dissertation focuses on Management, Leadership, Supervision, and Retention as it relates to the Minority and Millennium Professionals. Outside of work, he is active in his community, an international traveler, and spends his time enjoying family and friends.

Mar 06, 2020
Rotary International General Manager & Chief Strategy Officer

Rotary International General Manager & Chief Strategy Officer
Tom Thorfinnson joined Rotary in 1980 and has served Rotary in various capacities including as a member of the Eden Prairie Noon Rotary club; District 5950 Governor; Vice President and Director of Rotary International; Vice Chair and Trustee of The Rotary Foundation; and Chair of the TRF Programs Committee, the TRF Water and Sanitation Major Gifts Initiative, the Steering Committee of the RI/USAID International H2O Collaboration; and Polio Eradication National Advisor.  In October 2016, Tom stepped down from his positions on TRF and assumed the role of Chief Strategy Officer for Rotary International. 
Tom graduated from St. Olaf College in Northfield Minnesota, majoring in mathematics and economics and received his law degree from Marquette Law School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  He has served on the board of directors of over 25 for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, including 17 years as a director for First Minnetonka City Bank.
Mar 06, 2020
Rotary International Director
Rotary International Director

Floyd Lancia began his professional life in education as a secondary school teacher and band director and later as a school superintendent in Van Buren, Maine. The second part of his career was spent on his real estate development and construction business. He has served on the boards of several organizations, including the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne and the Allen County-Fort Wayne Historical Society.
 
He first joined Rotary in 1970 as a member of the Van Buren Rotary Club where he served in various positions including club president. With a career change, and a move to Fort Wayne, he was invited to join the Anthony Wayne Rotary Club. There, he served on the board, committees and as president. He has been a member of his current club since 1992. He has spearheaded Rotary Foundation grant projects that have provided free eye surgeries in Nicaragua and clean water for communities in Mexico, among many others.
 
At the district level Floyd served in various capacities and as District Governor in 2009-10. At the Zone level he has served as Assistant Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator, Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator, Endowment Major Gift Advisor, trainer for three institutes and on three institute executive committees. He’s attended nine International Conventions, served as training leader at two International Assemblies, as RI president’s representative five times and as training leader at the International Assembly. He’s spearheaded other Matching Grants for nursing home equipment, childcare equipment, a bloodmobile, cleft palate surgical equipment in Brazil, school equipment in India, and library material in Kenya.
 
Floyd is a recipient of The Rotary Foundation’s Citation for Meritorious Service and Distinguished Service Award, and the RI Service Above Self Award. He and his wife Betty Lou have three grown children and six grandchildren and are members of the Arch Klumph Society, the Bequest Society and sponsors of Rotary Peace Fellows.

Mar 06, 2020
Welcome, incoming Club and District Leaders!
 
PETS, the Presidents Elect Training Seminar, is one of the few hard and fast requirements Rotary International has for Club Presidents.  All Club Presidents are required to attend Presidents Elect Training.  The five districts that encompass Mississippi, Louisiana, and the metro area of Memphis, TN have pooled resources to create Ole Man River PETS (OMR PETS) for the exclusive purpose of assisting incoming club leaders with preparing for and thus having a successful year as Club President.
 
By December 1, 2019, every Rotary Club and now also Rotaract Club in the world was to have reported to RI and to the corresponding district the entire leadership slate for the 2020-2021 Rotary Year.  Most clubs already know who their leadership team is...but the district and Rotary International also need this information.  Please reach out to your Assistant Governor for assistance in how to report this information on your club. district, and RI data management platforms.  Once this information is recorded and reported, incoming PEs (Presidents Elect) will begin to receive information from both RI and their corresponding DGE (District Governor Elect) about how to register for PETS, what to expect, and how to make the most of this training opportunity.
 
 
The registration categories are:
  • D6190/D6200/D6800/D6820/D6840 Presidents Elect (no cost) Register in the group for your district. You will need to know the formal name of your club, which district you belong to, and you will need to have a MyRotary account.  Pay for accommodations directly with the hotel. Your club may have a reimbursement policy.
  • Visiting Presidents Elect  This group is for any visiting President Elect outside of the districts above. There will be a charge to attend.
  • Guest/Spouse (the Registrant will provide this information).  This group is for any guest/spouse/partner that will not take part in PETS itself. Registration includes the Spouse/Partner Program (this will have a series of events that are seprate and some that intersect) and Meals Only.  There is a cost for either option paid at registration.
  • Ole Man River Club Presidents Nominee (no cost). This group is for Presidents Nominee in the districts comprising Ole Man River PETS (District 6190, 6200, 6800, 6820, 6840). PNs will be club presidents in 2021-2022; you will need to know the formal name of your club, which district you belong to, and have a MyRotary account.  Pay for accommodations directly with the hotel.  Your club may have a reimbursement policy.
  • Visiting President Nominee This group is for any President Nominee outside of the districts listed above. There will be a charge to attend.
  • Other Rotarians This group is for any other visiting Rotarian who simply would like to visit Ole Man River PETS
  • Speakers, Facilitators, PETS Committee Members (this will be handled administratively)
  • Assistant Governor This group is for any Assistant Governor registering for OMR PETS. There will be a charge for registration. Your district may have a reimbursement plan.
  • Sponsors  (this will be handled administratively)
We have arranged special pricing at three hotels in Natchez for OMR PETS attendees.  That information is included in the OMR PETS Newsletters which will begin to arrive to PEs and Incoming AGs in January.
 
New this year, we will begin at 10am on Friday morning, March 6.  There is no need to arrive Thursday night, but the hotel rates will begin on Thursday should you have a drive that makes it impossible to arrive by the 10am start.  There will be a welcome reception hosted by the Rotary Club of Natchez Thursday evening for those who do arrive on Thursday night.  We also have a full slate of optional small group topics taking place on Friday morning for those who arrive early.  Topics will range from Youth Exchange to Polio Plus to Club Runner, dacDB, the new membership initiative, how the RI Foundation works and many more.  If you have a topic you'd like us to include, please e-mail your current or incoming District Governor.
 
Also new this year, we will hold a Poker for Polio Pub Crawl on Friday night at the conclusion of the day of training.  Details will be included in the newsletters.  Plan to bring a $10 cash donation and get special discounts on food and specific beverages at participating venues in downtown Natchez.  Your DGEs have promised a Paul Harris Fellow to anyone who ends the night with a Royal Flush!  Other prizes will also be awarded on Saturday with a chance to trade an additional donation to Polio Plus for a 6th card!
 
The grants management training will be held by each district individually rather than at the conclusion of PETS 2020.  Please be in close contact with your current district Foundation and Grants chairs to ensure your club has met the requirements to apply for district grants.  The deadline is well in advance of "your" year as President.  Don't miss out on making sure your club has signed the Memorandum of Understanding.
 
We will conclude the training on Saturday afternoon.  The hotel discounts will apply on Saturday night, though, so if you'd like to stay on an take advantage of the beautful City of Natchez, we encourage you to do so.
 
We look forward to meeting all of you and your spouses/partners should they join us in Natchez.
 
Yours in Rotary Service,
Zeb Winstead, DGE (DG 2020-2021) D6190
Yvonne Normand DGE (DG 2020-2021) D6200
Carmen Oguz DGE (DG 2020-2021) D6800
Ed Thurmond DGE (DG 2020-2021) D6820
Elizabeth Van Sant DGE (DG 2020-2021) D6840
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Agenda it is subject to change to fit your Governor's goals but it will give you an idea of what to expect.
 
PETS Agenda
 
Thursday March 5, 2020
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm  - Welcome Reception hosted by the Natchez Rotary Club - Grand Hotel
 
Friday  March 6, 2020
     Breakfast on your own
     8 am - 3 pm Registration Desk Open - Concession Area First Floor Convention Center 
     8 am - 6 pm - House of Friendship will be open Lobby Convention Center
     8 am – 8:45 am - Optional Classes - Public Image *  Grow Rotary *  Interact * Foundation 101 * My Rotary Tools Online 
     8:50 am – 9:35 am –  Optional Classes - Public Image * Peace * My Rotary Tools Online * Foundation 101 * Rotary Youth Exchange
  • 10:00 am District 6200 Report to the Stairwell - Lobby of Convention Center for Group Photo
  • 10:10 am District 6840 Report to the Stairwell - Lobby of Convention Center for Group Photo
     10:15 am - 11:30 am - District Breakout Session with your District Governor 
                 Room Assignments for each District will be in the Program & at Registration
                    
     12:00 pm – 1:15 pm Opening Plenary Session / Lunch – Nashville/ Natchez Rooms Convention Center
     1:30 pm - 2:20 pm  Small Group Breakout Sessions begin
                        Find YOUR Club Name on the list to find Room Assignment
     2:20 pm – 2:30 pm Break
     2:30 pm - 3:20 pm Small Group Breakout Session - same room as above
     3:20 pm - 3:30 pm Break
     3:30 pm - 4:20 pm  Small Group Session - same room as above
  • 4:30 pm District 6190 Report to the Stairwell - Lobby of Convention Center for Group Photo
  • 4:40 pm District 6800 Report to the Stairwell - Lobby of Convention Center for Group Photo
  • 4:50 pm District 6820 Report to the Stairwell - Lobby of Convention Center for Group Photo
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm PETS Networking Social 
       
Join your fellow PEs, Rotary International speakers and guests for a networking social including heavy hors d’oeuvres with a Southern Flair (catfish, red beans and rice, pulled pork, and dips), drink tickets and a Natchez jazz combo for entertainment.   Enjoy a relaxing setting to Exchange Idea, make New Connections and learn more about how Rotary Opens Opportunities

6:30 pm - 9:00 pm Poker Pub Crawl for Polio

Saturday  March 7, 2020
        Breakfast on your own 
        8 am Registration Desk is open Natchez Convention Center First Floor Concession Area
        8 am House of Friendship  will be open - Convention Center First Floor Lobby
        7 am - 8:15 am Optional Classes -  RYLA *  Rotary Youth Exchange * Grow Rotary * Interact * Your Support From Rotary
        8:30 am - 9:15 am - Opening Plenary Session Natchez Convention Center 
        9:30 am - 11:15 am - District Breakout Session with your District Governor 
        12:45 pm - 2:00 pm - Lunch / Plenary Session Natchez Convention Center
         2:15 pm - 3:00 pm  District Breakout Session with your Governor