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Congratulations on your selection as Governor-Elect! This will be one of the most exciting and rewarding years in your Rotary journey. This page is intended to provide you will information and updates from the Governor Elect Learning Seminar (GELS) team. It is designed to help you develop a strong foundation of information and skills and to make your year as Governor effective by assisting you in leading and inspiring your clubs to the next level of success.

Rotary’s Action Plan

INCREASE
Our
Impact

As People of Action we make decisions grounded in evidence

EXPAND
Our
Reach

As People of Action we are inclusive, engaging, compassionate, and ambitious on behalf of the world

ENHANCE 
Participant
Engagement

As People of Action we create meaningful relationships across decades and continents

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Our Ability
To Adapt

As People of Action we seek new perspectives and new ideas that can strengthen Rotary and create lasting change

Summit 2024

Register for the 2024 Zones 33/34 Summit Today!

If you have not already done so, register for the 2024 Zones 33/34 Leadership Summit, taking place October 23-27 at the Sheraton Hotel at Station Square in Pittsburgh, PA.

Registration is OPEN and  the deadline for EARLY REGISTRATION is 15th August 2024

GELS 2024 Facilitators

Our GELS 2024 Team!

Our Team is excited to be working with you!

Help us make your year as District Governor-Elect and beyond the very best years possible.

Please reach out to us if you have any questions or if we can help in any way.

PDG Rich
KIRSCHNER

(D6960, DG 2019-20)

E: rdkirschner@gmail.com
M: (239) 919-4100

PDG Tina
FISCHLIN

(D6910, DG 2020-21)

E: rotarytina@gmail.com
M: (404) 229-9151

PDG Susan
ZACHENSKY-WALTHALL

(D7600, DG 2018-19)

E: zwrotarydg1819@gmail.com
M: (434) 917- 5072

PDG Lisle
CHASE

(D7030, DG 2020-21)

E: lislechase@yahoo.com
M: (758) 258-6300

GELS 2024 Online Schedule – Save The Dates

What’s you can expect at GELS 2024!

The GELS 2024 program is filled with superb speakers, insightful information, and fantastic fellowship!

We need everyone’s commitment and participation to make this an irresistible occasion!

Prior to the 2024 Leadership Summit in Pittsburgh, there will be five (5) GELS 2024 online sessions all of which will be held monthly on the 3rd Tuesday from 5:30pm (ET).

The format will include 60 minutes of learning and facilitated discussion on various topics,
followed by +/- 15 minutes of fellowship and fun!

Session 1

Tuesday
May 21, 2024

Building Bridges
and
Preparing for Pittsburgh

Session 2

Tuesday
June 18, 2024

OUR
Public Image

with
Billi Black
and
Susan Courter

Rotary PI Coordinators

and Special Guest
RIDE Patrick Eakes

Session 3

Tuesday
July 16, 2024

Club and District Support

with
Alicia Pijal-Avila

RI Representative

and Special Guest
RIPN Mário de Camargo

Session 4

Tuesday
August 20, 2024

OUR
Membership

with
Tom Gump

Aide to RIP Stephanie Urchick

Session 5

Tuesday
September 17, 2024

OUR
Foundation

with
Sandra Hemstead
and
Bernie Reidel

Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinators

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Special Online Session

Strategic Leadership Planning and Continuity

Featuring RIPE Stephanie Urchick and RIDE Patrick Eakes

06th June 2024 at 06:30 p.m. EDT

Meeting ID: 848 8160 5784
Passcode: 416498

GELS 2024 Reminders

Top Monthly Reminders

Items below are updated regularly with the key dates for your reference

Date

Item

15th May

Deadline for Zone 34 Seminar early registration

21st May

First Online GELS Session

1st June

Deadline for your new photo

6th June

Special Online Session

15th August

Deadline for Summit early registration

 

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Checkout Recordings from GELS 2024 Online Sessions

GELS 2024 Online Guest Speakers

Our Guest Speakers
for
GELS 2024 Online Sessions

Find our more about our guest speakers
scheduled for GELS 2024 online sessions

Mário
DE CAMARGO

Rotary International President
2025-2026

Mario Cesar Martins de Camargo is business consultant to the printing industry and former director of Gráfica Bandeirantes, a printing company founded by his father. Under his leadership, he expanded the company to be a supplier of printed material for clients in Brazil and South America including Visa, Ford, Volkswagen…

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Patrick
EAKES

Rotary International Director
2024-2026, Zones 33/34

Patrick Eakes, the 2014-15 Governor of District 7690, is the Chair of the Leadership Seminar for our Impact Summit. In this role, Patrick coordinates training for the current and next two Governor classes, the partners of those Governors, and our Emerging Leaders. A Rotarian since 1998, Patrick has served Zone 33 as Rotary Coordinator…

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Tom
GUMP

Aide to RIP Stephanie Urchick
2024-2025

Tom Gump serves as Presidential Advisor to RI’s 2025 International Convention Committee – Calgary and the 2025 Presidential Peace Conference in Istanbul, Turkey. Tom will Chair Rotary’s Membership Growth Committee in 2025-26. He has personally brought in more than 100 members to Rotary. He founded, co-founded, helped form…

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Alicia Pijal-Avila

Rotary International Senior Officer
for Club and District Support (CDS), The Americas

Alicia was born in Quito, Ecuador. She moved to Chicago, Illinois, in 1993. Alicia joined Rotary in 2000 and continues to enjoy her position as Senior Officer for Club and District Support, The Americas. She has the privilege of providing assistance to 35 districts located in Zones 33 and 34 in the southeastern US and the Caribbean…

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Billi
BLACK

Rotary Public Image Coordinator
2022-2025, Zone 33

Billi Black is retired from Drake Software where she served as the Education Director for ten years. Before that she taught all levels at the elementary school level in Fauquier County, Virginia. She is a graduate of Penn State University with a BS in Education and an MA from George Mason University in Curriculum and Development…

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Susan
COURTER

Rotary Public Image Coordinator
2023-2026, Zone 34

Susan Courter is a 17-year Rotarian and Past President of the Rotary Club of West Plains Sunrise, Missouri and Rotary Club of Lakewood Ranch, Florida. At the District level she has served as Assistant Governor and Public Image Chair, and as a member of multiple other committees with a focus on enhancing their marketing and communication strategies…

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Sandra
HEMSTEAD

Rotary Regional Foundation Coordinator
2022-2025, Zone 34

Sandra Hemstead joined Rotary in 2006 after attending a Rotary District Foundation seminar and realized the scope of what the Rotary does. Sandra jumped right in after joining The Rotary Club of Bonita Springs. She had a passion for global service. She took on leadership roles on some of her club’s global grant initiatives.

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Why GELS?

Gain Insight and Knowledge across Rotary to Become a Better Leader in your District!

Here are some valuable resources from across our world of Rotary to help you stay informed and up to date, as well as, plan for the best year and guide your clubs accordingly

Update

Access and review important RI Board minutes and decisions that are relevant to administrative matters and operations in your district and clubs

Update

Access and review important TRF Trustee minutes and decisions that are relevant to foundation matters and operations in your district and clubs

Participate

Access and review important past and upcoming matters before the Council on Legislation on proposed changes to the legislation that governs Rotary

Participate

Access and review important past and upcoming matters before the Council on Resolutions on proposed resolutions and urgent enactments

Plan

Learn more about Rotary’s Guiding Principles

Plan

Learn more about Rotary’s Governance Documents

Plan

Learn more about Rotary’s Action Plan

Plan

Learn more about Rotary’s Commitment to DEI

Plan

Learn more about District Governor’s role

Plan

Learn more about Assistant Governor Role

Plan

Learn more about District Committee roles

Plan

Learn more about District Appointments

Plan

Learn more about the RI Presidential Initiatives to help your district and clubs plan better

Plan

Learn more about the Rotary Citation and annual goals to help your district and clubs plan better

Plan

Access great resources, tools and guidelines from Zones 33/34 to help your district and clubs plan better

Plan

Download the District Governor Planning Calendar for 2025-2026 to help your district and clubs plan better

Plan

Download the GELS Workbook which can be printed or edited digitally

Network

Download names and contact information of your Governor Classmates

Learn

Improve Your
Leadership
Knowledge,
Understanding
and Skills

Have you completed the necessary courses and learning plans for Governors in the Rotary Learning Center?

Preparing & Planning

All incoming DGEs must complete the District Governor Basic learning plan as well as the District Governor Intermediate learning plan on the Rotary Learning Center before 1st July 2024

Communicating

Visit ElevateRotary.org for all things public image in Zones 33/34 including best practices, tips and tools, as well guidelines and recommendations for your district and clubs

Engaging

Learn more about Rotary’s Membership Action Plan and how it can help guide your district and clubs to more sustainable and productive membership

 

Contributing

Learn more about The Rotary Foundation and the multiple ways to support, as well as, about available Grants for projects, scholarships and training across your district and clubs

 

Referencing

Explore resources to improve the Rotary experience and online tools to enhance membership, engagement and participation in your district and clubs

Summit 2024

Register for the 2024 Zones 33/34 Summit Today!

If you have not already done so, register for the 2024 Zones 33/34 Leadership Summit, taking place October 23-27 at the Sheraton Hotel at Station Square in Pittsburgh, PA.

Registration is OPEN and  the deadline for EARLY REGISTRATION is 15th August 2024