To provide quality speakers, training modules and resources to our President-Elects that will inspire and empower them to be better leaders; not only in their Rotary Clubs, but in all aspects of their lives.




We see a District in which Club Presidents are inspired by the PETS experience to personally grow as leaders, to expand their membership, enhance their club's humanitarian service and embrace and exemplify the Rotary brand in their communities.



 PRESIDENT ELECT Training Seminar is an innovative leadership development program developed by Rotary that:

  1. Concentrates on expanding an individual's overall leadership         skills. 
  2. Identifies available resources and a support network to help the club leader succeed.
  3. Assists the club leader in setting S.M.A.R.T. goals for their year of leading and inspiring their Rotary club.

Rotary International President 2020-2021

Holger Knaack


Holger Knaack, a member of the Rotary Club of Herzogtum Lauenburg-Mölln, Germany, has been selected to serve as president of Rotary International in 2020-21.

The Nominating Committee’s decision follows the resignation last month of President-nominee Sushil Gupta due to health reasons. Knaack will officially become president-nominee if no other candidates challenge him by 31 May.

To build a stronger membership, Knaack says Rotary must focus on increasing the number of female members and transitioning Rotaractors into Rotarians.

Knaack believes that the People of Action campaign offers new public awareness possibilities for Rotary. “This campaign conveys our global image while still respecting differences in regions and cultures,” he says.

A Rotary member since 1992, Knaack has served Rotary as treasurer, director, moderator, member and chair of several committees, representative for the Council on Legislation, zone coordinator, training leader, and district governor.

He is an endowment/major gifts adviser and co-chair of the Host Organization Committee for the 2019 Rotary International Convention in Hamburg.

Knaack is the CEO of Knaack KG, a real estate company. He was previously a partner and general manager of Knaack Enterprises, a 125-year-old family business.

He is a founding member of the Civic Foundation of the City of Ratzeburg and served as president of the Golf-Club Gut Grambek. Knaack is also the founder and chair of the Karl Adam Foundation.

Knaack and his wife, Susanne, are Major Donors to The Rotary Foundation and members of the Bequest Society.