Presidents-Elect - FRIDAY
3:00 - 6:00 pm 2nd Floor Common Area

Pick-up Information, Materials, and Badges

5:00 – 6:00 pm Fellowship Time

Visit the Rotary Project Displays and Vendors

Cash Bar

6:00 – 8:00 pm Welcome Dinner
2nd Floor Woody Hayes Ballroom A-B-C-D-E


ConvenerMike Kelley, PDG 6670
General Chair All Ohio P.E.T.S. Committee

InvocationNNN, DGE District 66NN
National Anthem - David Perkins, PDG District 6600
Pledge of AllegianceNNN, DGE District 66NN


Keynote Speaker Introduction
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Keynote Speaker:
Jim Tressel"Leadership"

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Presidents-Elect - SATURDAY
7:30 – 8:45 am 2nd Floor Common Area

Woody Hayes Ballroom A-B-C-D-E

Continental Breakfast
All Attendees - OPEN SEATING

8:30 - 9:15 am General Session 1
Woody Hayes Ballroom A-B-C-D-E

All Attendees - OPEN SEATING

Convener and Welcome – Mike Kelley, PDG District 6670
General Chair All Ohio P.E.T.S. Committee

Invocation – NNN, DGE District 66NN

Pledge of Allegiance – NNN, DGE District 66NN

Speaker Introduction – NNN, DGE District 66NN

Speaker –
Justice Sharon Kennedy,
“Rotary Four Way Test ”

9:15 – 9:30 am Comfort Break

Spouses & Partners Transition to Their Program, Room 30, 3rd Floor

9:30 - 10:30 am 2nd and 3rd floor Meeting Rooms

– Roles of a President

By Club Size in Assigned Rooms

Spouse/Partner Program
Room 30, 3rd Floor

10:30 - 10:45 am Break

Transition to Breakout Session #2 Rooms

10:45 - 11:45 am 2nd and 3rd floor Meeting Rooms


By Club Size in Assigned Rooms

Spouse/Partner Program Continues
Room 30, 3rd Floor

11:45 - 12:00 pm Transit to Lunch
12:00 - 1:00 pm General Session 2 Saturday Lunch
Woody Hayes Ballroom A-B-C-D-E

All Attendees - OPEN SEATING

Convener– NNN, DGE District 66NN

Invocation-NNN, DGE District 66NN

Speaker Introduction – NNN, DGE District 66NN

Speaker –
Tom Thorfinnson,
“Rotary Strategic Plan ”

1:00 - 1:15 pm Comfort Break

Transition to Electives Training Session #1

1:15 - 2:15 pm 2nd and 3rd floor Meeting Rooms

TRAINING Session #1

By your elective in Assigned Rooms

Spouse/Partner Program Continues
Room 30, 3rd Floor

2:15 - 2:30 pm Comfort Break

Transition to Electives Training Session #2

2:30 - 3:30 pm 2nd and 3rd floor Meeting Rooms

TRAINING Session #2

By your elective in Assigned Rooms

Spouse/Partner Program Continues
Room 30, 3rd Floor

3:30 - 3:45 pm Comfort Break

Transit to Your District Meeting Room

3:45 - 4:45 pm 2nd and 3rd floor Meeting Rooms

– District Meeting Wrap Up
District 6600 - Room 31
District 6630 - Room 32
District 6650 - Room 33
District 6670 - Room 34
District 6690 - Room 35

5:00 - 6:00 pm Networking and Fellowship
2nd Floor Common Area

-- Time to Visit with Vendors
-- Reception and Fellowship Time

Cash Bar

6:00 - 8:30 pm Presidents-elect Commissioning Ceremony and Banquet
Woody Hayes Ballroom A-B-C-D-E


Convener – NNN, DGE District 66NN

Invocation – NNN, DGE District 66NN


Speaker Introduction – NNN, DGE District 66NN

Keynote Speaker -
Barry Rassin

RI President-elect

Director Introduction – NNN, PDG District 66NN

Presidents-Elect Commissioning Ceremony -
Greg Yank, Rotary International Director, Zones 30-31

Farewell Song - David Perkins, PDG District 6600
“Let There be Peace on Earth"

Spouse/Partner Program - SATURDAY
9:30 - 11:45 am Spouse/Partner Program
Morning Session
Room 30

Panel of Rotary Partners
"What's It Like to be a Rotary Spouse/Partner"

Meet Our 2017-18 Governors
"Highlighting Rotary's Five Avenues of Service"

Rotary "What Do You Know?"

12:00 – 1:15 pm Lunch
2nd Floor Woody Hayes Ballroom A-B-C-D-E
1:15 – 3:30 pm Spouse/Partner Program
Afternoon Session
Room 30

"Using a Lifesaving Defibrillator"

Optional State House Tour

5:00 – 8:30 pm Reception and Dinner
2nd Floor Woody Hayes Ballroom A-B-C-D-E

Keynote Speaker:
Barry Rassin

Assistant Governors - SATURDAY
9:30 - 10:30 am Morning AG Session
Room XX

Brainstorming Session
"What's On Your Mind"

Alan Mallory
"Leading Better"

12:00 – 1:15 pm Lunch
2nd Floor Woody Hayes Ballroom A-B-C-D-E
1:15 – 3:30 pm Afternoon AG Session
Room XX

Karen Wentz
"Role and Impact of an Assistant Governor"

Harris Sofradzija

Michelle Gasparian
The Rotary Foundation

5:00 – 8:30 pm Reception and Dinner
2nd Floor Woody Hayes Ballroom A-B-C-D-E

Keynote Speaker:
Barry Rassin



RI President-elect

Barry Rassin, of the Rotary Club of East Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas, earned an MBA in health and hospital administration from the University of Florida and is the first fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives in the Bahamas. He recently retired after 37 years as president of Doctors Hospital Health System, where he continues to serve as an adviser. He is a lifetime member of the American Hospital Association and has served on several boards, including the Quality Council of the Bahamas, Health Education Council, and Employer’s Confederation. A Rotarian since 1980, Rassin has served Rotary as director and as vice chair of The Rotary Foundation Board of Trustees. He was an RI training leader and the aide to 2015-16 RI President K.R. Ravindran. Rassin received Rotary's highest honor, the Service Above Self Award, as well as other humanitarian awards for his work leading Rotary’s relief efforts in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake there. He and his wife, Esther, are Major Donors and Benefactors of The Rotary Foundation.


RI General Manager & Chief Strategic Officer

Tom Thorfinnson and his team work with Rotary staff and members to develop and implement organization-wide strategy and set and measure goals. The team provides research, evaluation, business information, and project management, and encourages creative thinking and innovation.

Thorfinnson graduated from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, with a degree in mathematics and economics. He also has a law degree from Marquette University Law School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. A Rotarian since 1980, Thorfinnson has served Rotary as a director and a Foundation trustee and vice chair. He is a Level 2 Major Donor of The Rotary Foundation.  Tom is a member of the Rotary Club of Eden Prairie Noon  Minnesota, USA


Rotary Club of O’Fallon, Illinois, USA

Greg Yank serves on the 17 member Rotary International Board of Directors 2017-19.

A Rotarian since 1978, Greg is a member of the Rotary Club of O’Fallon, IL where he served as Club President in 1992-93, and then as Governor of District 6510 twice in 2001-2002 and again in 2010-11. District 6510 is comprised of 48 clubs and 1600 members in Southern Illinois.

He has held positions as the Regional Membership Plan Project Plan Lead (Membership Chair) for Zones 30 and 31 (2015-17), chair of district 6510’s Club Visioning Initiative, International Training Leader twice, Membership Coordinator for Zone 29 and Rotary Institute Chair 2013.

Greg is married to past district Governor Catherine Taylor Yank. The Yanks are members of the Arch Klumph Society, Paul Harris and Bequest Societies (level 3). Greg was honored to receive the Service above Self Award in 2014. He has travelled to Malawi, Ecuador, India and Belize on Rotary on Rotary projects.

The Yanks are avid St. Louis Cardinal Baseball fans. Greg has been a proud Green Bay Packer fan since 1957 and owns one share of the team. Catherine is the owner of Jim Taylor Inc. a roofing contracting company located in Belleville, IL. The Yanks have three grown children, and three grandchildren.

Professionally Greg has had three different career paths starting with 9 years in the Catholic seminary. He was never ordained. He then spent 25 years in health care executive management and leadership serving twice as a hospital CEO and as President and CEO of a Catholic Health System.

For 11 years, Greg owned a business coaching/peer advisory board franchise called The Alternative Board TAB. He currently continues to be a business coach mentoring/working with six business owners on a monthly/bi-monthly/quarterly basis. He is the principal in GY Consulting & Facilitation Services specializing in business coaching, strategy, facilitation, strategic governance and board development/education.

Greg is actively involved in his community. He is a Commissioner of the Metro East Park & Recreation District; Advisory Board member for the Nielsen Healthcare Group in St. Louis; and a Board Member of the O’Fallon Shiloh Chamber of Commerce and chairperson of its strategic planning committee.

Greg believes that Rotary enables him to live a life that matters as lives in our communities and the world are changed because of what we do!


Regional Membership Officer
Zones 28, 29, 30, 31
Rotary International


Haris Sofradzija is the Regional Membership Officer for Zones 28 through 31. In his role, Haris supports Rotary leaders at the zone, district and club level in developing and implementing member attraction and engagement strategies.  His responsibilities include increasing clubs’ awareness and use of key Rotary resources, helping to increase the diversity of club membership, supporting overall club growth, and improving member retention in clubs.

Haris has a wealth of experience at Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation, having previously successfully worked on the Rotaract program, humanitarian grants, president’s representatives to district conferences, and donor services. He has been honored as a Paul Harris Fellow twice (2003 and 2015) for his outstanding support of Rotarians.

Haris earned B.A.s in history and Russian and East European studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has lived overseas in Croatia and has traveled to 39 countries on five continents.

Haris can be reached by e-mail at haris.sofradzija@rotary.org or by phone at 1.847.866.3105


President, Youngstown State University

Jim Tressel, a native of Northeast Ohio, Tressel graduated from Berea High School in suburban Cleveland in 1971. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Education from Baldwin-Wallace College in 1975 and a master’s degree in Education from the University of Akron in 1977. He also holds honorary degrees from YSU in 2001 and Baldwin-Wallace in 2003.

He first came to YSU in 1986 as head football coach. Within two seasons, the Penguins were in the NCAA Playoffs. He was named executive director of Intercollegiate Athletics in 1994. In his 15-year tenure as head football coach, Tressel’s teams amassed a record of 135-52-2, appeared in the playoffs 10 times and won four national championships.

Tressel left YSU in 2001 to become head football coach at Ohio State University. From 2001 to 2010, he guided the Buckeyes to the 2002 National Championship, six Big Ten Championships, nine bowl appearances, seven 10-win seasons and an 8-1 record against Michigan. His record at Ohio State was 94-21.

Prior to YSU, he was an assistant football coach at Ohio State, Syracuse University, Miami University of Ohio and the University of Akron. In all of his coaching posts, Tressel also taught in the classroom to remain engaged with the student body.

Tressel has published two books: “The Winners Manual: For the Game of Life” (2008) and “Life Promises for Success” (2011). His lengthy list of awards includes the American Football Coaches Association National Coach of the Year in 1991, 1994 and 2002, the Eddie Robinson National Coach of the Year in 1994 and 2002, Chevrolet National Coach of the Year in 1997, 1994 and 1993, the Paul “Bear” Bryant National Coach of the Year in 2002 and the Sporting News National Coach of the Year in 2002. At YSU, he received the Heritage Award in 2008.

He was inducted into the National Football Foundation’s College Football Hall of Fame and the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame, both in 2015. He entered the YSU Athletics Hall of Fame in 2013.

In 2015, Ellen and Jim Tressel made a $1 million pledge to create the Ellen and Jim Tressel Student Work Opportunity Endowment Fund at YSU, an initiative to help expand student employment opportunities on campus. It was the latest in an extensive list of fund raising and philanthropy activities for the Tressels. They also participated in the YSU campaigns for the Andrews Student Recreation and Wellness Center, the expansion of Stambaugh Stadium and the Watson and Tressel Training Site. In 2007, Frank and Norma Watson and Jim and Ellen Tressel donated a combined $1 million to the YSU Centennial Campaign to help fund the WATTS. He also was co-chair of the $110 million campaign for the renovation of Ohio State University’s William Oxley Thompson Library. Along with his university fund raising, Tressel has also been called upon to lead many campaigns for the entire community and its needs.

Ellen Tressel is a YSU graduate and an accomplished businesswoman and philanthropist who remains engaged in charitable causes and community organizations in cities where she and her husband have built careers and raised family, including Youngstown, Columbus and Akron. She began her own financial career in her family’s business in Youngstown and served 17 years at Butler, Wick and Co.

They are the proud parents of four accomplished adults: Zak, Carlee, Eric and Whitney.


Saturday Morning Speaker
Justice, Ohio Supreme Court

On November 4, 2014, Justice Sharon L. Kennedy was re-elected to a full term on the Supreme Court of Ohio in a decisive victory winning all 88 counties and garnering 73 percent of the vote. Justice Kennedy first joined the court in 2012, having been elected to fill an unexpired term.

Prior to her term on the Ohio Supreme Court, Justice Kennedy served at the Butler County Court of Common Pleas, Domestic Relations Division beginning in 1999. From 2005 until December of 2012, Justice Kennedy served as the administrative judge of that division. During her time as administrative judge, she improved the case management system to ensure the timely resolution of cases for families and children. Working with state legislators she championed a "common sense" family law initiative to reduce multiple-forum litigation for Butler County families.

When Butler County faced tough economic times, Justice Kennedy organized concerned elected officials in a county-wide Budget Work Group. Seeing the need to bring private sector financial know-how to the government, she worked to create the Advisory Committee to the Budget Work Group. Justice Kennedy served as the facilitator and led discussions between county officials and private sector leaders to analyze county finances, study and implement cost saving measures, and present business driven fiscal policy to the county commissioners.

In 1991, after obtaining her law degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Law, Justice Kennedy ran a small business of her own as a solo practitioner. While in private practice she served the legal needs of families, juveniles, and the less fortunate. As special counsel for Attorney General Betty D. Montgomery, Justice Kennedy fought on behalf of Ohio’s taxpayers to collect monies due the State of Ohio. As a part-time magistrate in the Butler County Area Courts, Justice Kennedy presided over a wide array of civil litigation and assisted law enforcement officers and private citizens seeking the issuance of criminal warrants for arrest.

Justice Kennedy began her career in the justice system as a police officer at the Hamilton Police Department. She was assigned to a rotating shift, single-officer road patrol unit working to protect and serve the citizens of the City of Hamilton. From the routine, to the heart-pounding, to the heart-breaking, she has seen it all. During her time as an officer, Justice Kennedy also worked undercover operations, implemented crime prevention programs, and later, as a civil assistant, assisted in drafting police policy and procedure for the Accreditation Program.

Throughout her career Justice Kennedy has served on numerous boards, developed and facilitated programs to address the needs of young people, and worked with judges across the state. As a dedicated jurist she has received multiple awards of recognition including: Leadership Ohio Community Leadership Award, 2016; The University of Cincinnati College of Law Nicholas Longworth, III Alumni Achievement Award, May 17, 2014; Northwest High School Distinguished Alumnus Award, April 25, 2014; named one of 13 professional women to watch by The Cincinnati Enquirer, March 17, 2013; Excellence in Public Service, June 2009; Judge of the Year, 2006; Above the Fold Award, 2002; and the Furtherance of Justice Award, 2001. Justice Kennedy was also featured in Trends in the Judiciary: Interviews with Judges Across the Globe, Volume II, published by CRC Press in February 2015.

Registration and Ballroom are located on the 2nd floor

Breakout Rooms are located on the 2nd and 3rd floors