By Sonia Walker-Russell

The soon to be presidents of the four Grand Bahama Rotary clubs attended Rotary

International's (RI) President Elect Training Seminar (PETS) held March 1 and 2 in

Orlando, Florida.

President Elect of the Rotary Club of Freeport Matthew Rolle; President Elect of

the Rotary Club Sunrise Wayne Russell; President Elect of the Rotary Club of Lucaya

Billy-Jane Ferguson and President Elect of the Rotary Club Sunset Queen Stubbs were

exposed to many sessions focused on Rotary leadership, vision and goal setting, the

Rotary Foundation, Rotary’s Public Image, Increasing Membership and New

Generations of Rotarians.

This two day training seminar, conducted annually, is designed as a leadership and
motivational seminar for in coming Rotary presidents to:
* Develop leaders capable of serving in Rotary beyond the club level
* Help them sustain and/or grow their club's membership base;
* Implement successful projects that address the needs of their communities and communities
in other countries;
* Support the Rotary Foundation through both financial contributions and program participation;
"The sessions all stemmed from Rotary's 2014 theme 'Engage Rotary, Change
Lives' where clubs are being encouraged and challenged through Rotary's 'Future
Vision', to embrace change," noted President Elect Rolle. "We need to seek new ways
not only to increase Rotary membership but also to retain current membership in our
Committed to serving their communities and the world over, the international
Club's global goal in the upcoming year is to complete the eradication of Polio and to
continue working strongly and negotiating to assist in the fight against HIV/AIDS in
parts of Africa.
With such feats ahead of them, coupled with the numerous humanitarian acts past
and present, each Rotary Club looks to the public for support and welcome persons of
good standing who are interested in being a part of this organization committed to
"Service Above Self".
Also in attendance was incoming Assistant District Governor Mike Stafford appointed
to assist in the administration of assigned clubs, help incoming club presidents prepare
for their year in office and advise assigned clubs on strategies for achieving goals.
Incoming Rotary International (RI) 2013 -2014 President is Ron D. Burton.