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Posted by John Schorr
President-Elect John Schorr and President Jerry Nelson attended the Rotary Multi-District President Elect Training Session (PETS) in Khon Kaen. Almost all Thai clubs from the four Thai Rotary Districts (3330, 3340, 3350, and our district 3360) were present. In addition, clubs from Cambodia, Laos, and Myanmar were represented by their presidents-elect. It was a great opportunity to network with club, district, and Rotary International leaders. The plenary speeches and workshops covered essential information for new presidents: recruiting new members, strategic planning, fundraising, building strong clubs, My Rotary, and Rotary Central. The highlight was a speech by 92-year old past Rotary International President Bhichai Rattakul (pictured at left with our President Jerry) focusing on this year’s Rotary theme of “Be the Inspiration.” Everyone in the room was truly inspired by Khun Bhichai’s continued commitment to Rotary and service above self!

Of course, no Rotary meeting is complete without some fun! The banquet included dancing and what must be a first for any conference: a 400-person human wave similar to what you see in a sport’s stadium going from the front of the ballroom to the back 5 times. CLICK HERE to see the video on YouTube.

Both Jerry and John agree the conference was well worth the 9-hour drive each way and they, amazingly, did not run out of things to talk about on the long trips!  Next year, the Multi-PETS will be March 1 - 3 in Hat Yai!
All the  Rotary "PETS" doing The Wave in Khon Kaen.