PETS training is required for all incoming Presidents.

 Presidents-Elect from any and all Rotary districts are welcome to attend Southwest Rotary PETS.

Southwest Rotary PETS

March 5 – 6, 2021


Southwest Rotary PETS (President-elect Training Seminar) is a mandatory training for incoming Rotary club presidents. For the first time, our training course will be completely virtual. Registration is open to club presidents-elect from our seven member districts, as well as presidents-elect from other districts. To register, click here

Shekhar Mehta


Rotary Club of Calcutta-Mahanagar

West Bengal, India

Mehta, an accountant, is chair of the Skyline Group, a real estate development company he founded. He is also a director of Operation Eyesight Universal (India), a Canada-based organization.

Mehta has been actively involved in disaster response and is a trustee of ShelterBox, UK. After the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, he helped build nearly 500 homes for families affected by the disaster.

He pioneered a program that has performed more than 1,500 life-changing heart surgeries in South Asia. He is also the architect of the TEACH Program, which promotes literacy throughout India and has reached thousands of schools.

A Rotary member since 1984, Mehta has served Rotary as director, member or chair of several committees, zone coordinator, training leader, member of The Rotary Foundation Cadre of Technical Advisers, and district governor. He is also the chair of Rotary Foundation (India).

Mehta has received Rotary’s Service Above Self Award and The Rotary Foundation’s Citation for Meritorious Service and Distinguished Service Awards.

He and his wife, Rashi, are Major Donors and members of the Bequest Society.

Southwest PETS Chairperson 2020-2021 Scott Carr

Scott Carr


​Welcome to the 2021 Southwest Rotary PETS (President-elect Training Seminar). Now in its fifth decade, Southwest Rotary PETS will provide training and certification to incoming Presidents-elect from seven Rotary districts in California, Nevada, and Arizona.

In past years, we have put on amazing training programs at the Los Angeles Airport Marriott. Many leaders within Rotary can point back to PETS as that time they changed from being a member of Rotary to becoming a Rotarian. Unfortunately, COVID-19 had other plans this year, and we have had to move our training program online. While the pandemic has been incredibly disruptive, it has given us the opportunity to completely re-imagine PETS from the ground-up for a virtual environment. The new Southwest Rotary PETS will be a two-day virtual event on March 5-6, 2021, and will introduce a new format, new virtual networking opportunities, and more surprises in store.

I would also be remiss if I did not heap praise on our amazing committee that has been hard at work on this program for months, streamlining our training and designing a completely new PETS experience for over 400 incoming Rotary club presidents. You will be very pleased with the results.

Registration is now open, and we encourage you to take advantage of special early bird registration through January 15, 2021. Please bookmark this page, and be sure to subscribe to use on Facebook and Twitter for more updates. This promises to be a PETS like no other, and I truly look forward to welcoming you virtually beginning March 5, 2021.


Scott C. Carr
Southwest Rotary PETS Chair, 2021
Past President, San Diego Downtown Breakfast Rotary


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