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 and Team Building"

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Presidents-Elect - SATURDAY
7:00 – 7:45 am 2nd Floor Common Area

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

Continental Breakfast
All Attendees - OPEN SEATING

8:00 - 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 ”

Address -
Greg Yank, Director Rotary International, Zones 30-31
Finding Your Way


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

– Planning Your Year

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

– Leading Rotarians

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

The Rotary Foundation
Kevin Kelly, Major Gift Officer

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

- Engaging Your Club's Members

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

- Fundraising

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 -

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"

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

Greg Yank and Robert Knuepfer, Jr.
"Role and Impact of an Assistant Governor"

Darwin Sampedro
MyRotary and CDS Support

Kevin Kelly
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 Strategy 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 Vice Chair and Trustee of the Rotary Foundation, Vice President and Director of Rotary International, Member and Liaison from both boards to the Strategic Planning Committee, Chairman of the TRF Programs Committee, Chairman of the TRF Water and Sanitation Major Gifts Initiative, Chairman of the Steering Committee of the RI/USAID International H2O Collaboration, Chairman of the Audit Committee, Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator, Polio Eradication national advisor, District Governor, District Membership Chair and Annual Giving chair for district 5950, and Chair of the 5950/5960 Youth Exchange Program.  Tom is a member of the Rotary Club of Eden Prairie Noon  Minnesota, USA


2017-2019, Zones 30 & 31
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!


2017-2019, Zones 28 & 29
Rotary Club of Chicago, Illinois, USA

Robb Knuepfer represents Zones 28 and 29 as our Rotary International Director. He joined the Rotary Club of Chicago in 1982, served as Centennial President of Rotary/One in 2005, and then served as District Governor in 2010-2011. Robb is the first director from the Birthplace District since 1981, and the first director from our Founding Club since 1946.

Robb began his legal career as a federal prosecutor in Chicago, and then served as senior partner of the international law firm of Baker & McKenzie. While working in Budapest, Hungary for the firm, he founded the Budapest City Rotary Club, one of the first clubs behind the former “Iron Curtain.”

Robb and Nancy served on a Polio Immunization Team to India, and as President’s Representatives to six district conferences. Robb has served on committees of Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation, as well as the Council on Legislation. Robb and Nancy are Major Donors and Benefactors to The Rotary Foundation.

He also serves as Chair of the Paul Harris Home Foundation, which is restoring the Harris residence known as “Comely Bank” in Chicago.

Robb has served on the boards of the Adler Planetarium, Metropolitan Family Services, Executives Club, LeaderShape Foundation, and Boy Scouts of America, to name a few. He taught at Northwestern University for decades, and is the author of eight books on business transactions.

Robb earned a BA from Denison University, and JD and MBA degrees from Northwestern University. In recognition of his service to others, he was awarded the Alumni Medal from Northwestern, the Alumni Citation from Denison, and was knighted by the Republic of Hungary, which he served as consul general. In June 2017, he earned a Master of Divinity degree from the University of Chicago Divinity School.

Robb is an owner and senior executive of The HallStar Company, a private chemical manufacturer in Chicago with global operations.

Robb and Nancy reside in Hinsdale, Illinois, and have four children, and nine grandchildren.

Like Paul Harris, Robb is a lawyer. And like Paul Harris, Robb has devoted his life to community service. In fact, Robb’s birthday, February 23, is the same date Rotary was founded – February 23, 1905!


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

Justice Sharon Kennedy joined the Supreme Court of Ohio in 2012, becoming the 154th Justice and the ninth female justice to serve on the court. She began her career in the justice system as an officer for the City of Hamilton Police Department, and went on to obtain her law degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Law.

Justice Kennedy maintained a private practice, during which time she served as General Counsel for the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #38, Special Counsel for the Ohio Attorney General’s office, Warrant & Compliance Officer for the Butler County Juvenile Court, and Magistrate and Warrant Officer for the Butler County Area Courts. She was elected to the Butler County Court of Common Pleas Domestic Relations Division in 1999, where she also served as the administrative judge from 2005 until her election to the Supreme Court.

Justice Kennedy has been the recipient of multiple awards, including Leadership Ohio’s 2016 Community Leadership Award and the University of Cincinnati College of Law’s 2014 Nicholas Longworth, III Alumni Achievement Award. Additionally, Justice Kennedy was featured in Trends in the Judiciary: Interviews with Judges Across the Globe, published in 2015. She was named one of 13 professional women to watch by the Cincinnati Enquirer in 2013 and was awarded Judge of the Year in 2006.



Regional Major Gifts Officer
Zone 29
The Rotary Foundation

Kevin Kelly, a Regional Major Gifts Officer at Rotary International as he speaks on The Rotary Foundation.

Kevin Kelly joined The Rotary Foundation in January of 2016 as a Regional Major Gift Officer. He lives and works out of Detroit, Michigan. Kevin is responsible for major gift cultivation and stewardship in Zone 29 which includes Michigan, and parts of Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Maryland, West Virginia and Ontario, Canada.

Prior to joining The Rotary Foundation, Kevin served as the Director of Development for Easter Seals Michigan as well as a Major Gift Officer for Starr Commonwealth, an organization that serves troubled youth in Michigan. While Kevin is a Michigan native, he spent 8 years living in Charlotte, North Carolina working for Pi Kappa Phi National Fraternity as the Director of Risk Management and their philanthropy called Push America as the Director of Development.

Kevin discovered his passion for supporting others through an opportunity that was presented to him in college. He accepted the challenge to raise funds and awareness for people with disabilities through an event presented by Push America called the Journey of Hope. This event was a 4,000 mile cycling trip from San Francisco, California to Washington, DC. This life-changing experience encouraged him to continue serving others personally and professionally.

In his spare time, Kevin enjoys spending time with his wife and two young girls. He also spends time playing soccer and obsessively supporting his local sports teams in Detroit.



Club and District Support Representative (CDS)
The Americas
Rotary International

Darwin Sampedro
P: 847-866-3259

Registration and Ballroom are located on the 2nd floor

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