Southern California/Nevada PETSFebruary 10 - 12, 2017

2017-2018 Rotary Theme




Rotary Club of Carpinteria Morning

Hello Incoming Rotary Leaders,

Welcome to the 2017 Southern California/Nevada President Elect Training Seminar.

We hope you enjoy your PETS weekend, as we have done our best to bring you an experience that will last you a lifetime. Each of the thirty plus Committee members have given their time, knowledge, energy and Rotary experience over the past twelve plus months to make sure you will be prepared to lead your club to a successful and fun filled year.

We appreciate you giving your weekend on behalf of Rotary and your clubs, and have done our best to make it worth your while. You will find that PETS is also an opportunity to make lifelong friends with your classmates, the PETS committee members and the attending Rotary International leadership.

Rotary International President Elect Ian Riseley has graciously agreed to be our Key Note speaker on Saturday night, making him the first President Elect in five years to attend our PETS! You will find Rotary International President Elect Ian a passionate Rotarian that is very personable and approachable. If you have a chance, please introduce yourself to President Elect Ian, and thank him for attending, as he will be your Rotary Representative to the World; and you will have in common 2017-2018 as your President year. We also have the Rotary Foundation Board of Trustees Chair Paul Netzel speaking.  Paul is another prime example of a Rotary that lives the motto of “Service Above Self”. You have the unbelievable opportunity in having the 2017-2018 RI President AND the Chair of The Rotary Foundation at this event!

On behalf of the entire Southern California/Nevada PETS Committee, Thank you for accepting to lead your club by impacting your community and changing lives around the World, and we wish you All the Best!

Serving with Rotary’s Best,

Wade Nomura and the 2017 Southern California/Nevada PETS Committee


Rotary Club of Sandringham

Ian Riseley
President 2017-18
Victoria, Australia

Ian Riseley is a chartered accountant and principal of Ian Riseley and Co., a firm he established in 1976.  Prior to starting his own firm, he worked in the audit and management consulting divisions of large accounting firms and corporations.

A Rotarian since 1978, Ian is a charter member of the Rotary Club of Sandringham, Victoria, Australia.  He has served RI as treasurer, director, and as member and chair of numerous RI and Foundation committees.  Most recently, he served as a Trustee of The Rotary Foundation and is currently co-chair of the 2016 (Seoul) Convention Committee.

Ian has been a member of the board for both a private and a public school, member of the Community Advisory Group for the City of Sandringham, and President of Beaumaris Sea Scouts Group.  He has been President of Langi-Taan Ski Club as well as honorary auditor or advisor for a number of charitable organizations.

Ian’s honors include the AusAID Peacebuilder Award from the Australian government in recognition of his work in East Timor, the Medal of the Order of Australia for services to the Australian community, and the Regional Service Award for a Polio-Free World from The Rotary Foundation.

Ian is married to Juliet, a past district governor.  They are Major Donors and Bequest Society members of The Rotary Foundation.  They have two children, and four grandchildren.  Ian and Juliet live on seven hectares at Moorooduc where they practice their personal philosophy of sustainable and organic living.


Ian and Juliet Riseley Endowed Fund

Masters of Ceremony


Rotary Club of Downey

Doug Baker
Past District Governor 2010-2011 & 2013-2014
Rotary Club of Downey
Downey, California

Doug  joined the Downey Club in 1989 and was their Centennial President. During that year the Club was awarded numerous distinctions, achieved 100% Paul Harris status and the large Club of Excellence Award.

His service to District 5280 includes  SAG-Membership (2006-07) the SAG-Foundation (2007-08) when as part a dynamic team the District ranked number one in the US for annual unrestricted giving for the year and sixth worldwide.  He also served as the District Breakfast Chair. In 2008-2009 Doug served as the Executive Aide for District Governor Charles Anderson. He has served as Chairperson for the Paul Harris Society and of course, also served as District Governor for the 2010-2011 and 2013-2014 years.  Last year he received the Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service.

He is a Southern California native, born raised and educated all within a 25 mile area! Doug is the Managing Principal for Silversage Advisors, an Investment Advisory and Management firm with offices in Seal Beach and Irvine.

Currently living in Seal Beach enjoys tennis, reading, travel and the company of friends. His most meaningful Rotary moment was the 96 hours they and their daughter, Kelly spent in El Salvador during a wheelchair distribution event. It underscored that indeed we enhance our own lives by making a difference to others, either next door or in another country, one person to another.

Partner Program

We are excited to share with the president’s partners HOW THEY CAN BE A PART OF A SUCCESSFUL YEAR and share a service project where they make WAPIs to Send To Africa.


PREP (formley Pre-PETS)Training by District
District Date & Time
5240 September 17 – 18, 2016
5280 December 3, 2016
Time:  8 am
LAX Marriott Hotel
5855 West Century Boulevard
Los Angeles, California  90045
5300 October 22, 2016
Southern Nevada
Time:  9:00 am – 2:00 pm
William S. Boyd School of Law
4505 S. Maryland Parkway, Room 203
Las Vegas, NV 89154
5300 October 29, 2016
Southern California
Time:  9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Claremont School of Theology
1325 N College Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711
5320 November 19
December 3
January 7
Time: 8:00 am to 12 noon
District office
2970 E La Palma Ave
Anaheim, CA 92806
5330 January 28, 2016  TBA
5340 Saturday, October 15, 2016
Time:  8:30am-12:00pm
San Diego Yacht Club
1011 Anchorage Lane
San Diego, CA 92106