Chesapeake Presidents Elect Training Seminar (CPETS) 2022

March 3 – 5, 2022 | Westfields Marriott Washington Dulles, Chantilly VA

CPETS Districts Map

Chesapeake PETS trains leaders in Rotary Districts 7600, 7610, 7620, and 7630

CPETS Districts Map

For Event Registration: 

Click on the Registration tab on the site menu for instructions and for the event link via the Rotary DACdb system.

(Our Chesapeake PETS DACdb registration link is also available at each Districts’ DACdb event calendar at date Mar. 3.) 

Our COVID-19 Protocols (pdf at 1.13.22)

Updated Masking Policy  as of 3.1.22: click here for message from CPETS Chair Jim Roney


For Hotel Room Reservations:

A block of rooms has been reserved for #CPETS22 participants. Attendees need to make their own room reservations online (do not call the hotel).

Click here to make hotel reservations at the special event rate.

Presidents Elect:

if you have questions about event registration, contact your District Governor Elect, including asking at your district Pre-PETS sessions. Or email so we can direct your inquiry to the appropriate team member!

Reminder for all Registered Attendees: It’s easy to access and navigate all #CPETS22 event info on your smartphone! Go to and log in with your Rotary credentials. ForEvent Code, type in CPETS2022 (all caps). And be sure to bookmark that site in your browser!


Welcome from CPETS Chair, James A. “Jim” Roney III

and ne Welcome to Chesapeake Presidents-Elect Training Seminar 2022… or CPETs for short.

Congratulations to the incoming Club Presidents on your election to lead your clubs for 2022-23! It is an honor to have the confidence of your fellow Rotarians to lead your club. Believe me, it will be the best year of your Rotary career. Your District Governors Elect, District Trainers, and our Chesapeake PETS Board of Directors, Committee Chairs, and faculty are here to help you shine.

While attending PETS is a requirement of all Club Presidents Elect, our CPETS team is dedicated to making this weekend the most enjoyable and fulfilling training seminar that you’ve ever experienced. Our whole focus is to make sure your time at CPETS is valuable as a leadership and networking opportunity that inspires you to strengthen and grow your club.

Check out our seminar agenda and topics here >  New this year is an open invitation to our Rotaract Club Presidents Elect to train along side our Rotarians. Rotaract Clubs are vital members of the Rotary community and their leaders deserve the same quality training as every other Club President. We are also continuing the opportunity for a limited number of Club Presidents Nominee to attend a one-day Leadership Academy just for them. Chesapeake PETS also includes a leadership training track for district leaders including Assistant Governors and District Governor-Elects and Nominees.

We are back to in-person training this year!  We recognize that some of you are hesitant to return to such large events in light of the pandemic.  It is the intent of Chesapeake PETS to provide the safest environment we can in response to COVID-19.  We have detailed protocols in place to help assure that you can concentrate more on Rotary and worry less about the pandemic. On March 1, with CDC guidance for our Fairfax County event location, I updated our Masking Policy.  

I know we have all become comfortable with Zoom meetings, but believe me, you will get so much more out of your ;leadership training with the ability to interact in person with your fellow PEs as well as your district leadership team. Plus, you will meet and hear inspirational messages at our plenary sessions from senior Rotary International leaders including President Nominee Gordon R. McInally, Past RI Director Jeffry Cadorette, and Past RI Director John Smarge, who serves as Chair of the 2022 Houston RI Convention Committee. And be sure to visit and network with all 17 of our Exhibitors this year on your session breaks!

I am looking forward to meeting all of you in Chantilly, VA in March!

Yours friend in Rotary,

Jim Roney

Chair, Chesapeake PETS 2022 and 2023
Past District Governor, Rotary District 7630, RY 12/13 Peace Through Service
Rotary Club of North East (Maryland)

< Read Jim’s Bio

<Meet our CPETS22 Planning Committee >

Meet the District Governors Elect of #CPETS22

These leaders will serve as District Governors starting July 1, 2022 for Rotary Year 22/23

Kenneth W. "Kenny" Janes
District Governor Elect RY22/23, D7600
A Rotarian since 2006, Kenny Janes is a member of the Rotary Club of Richmond, VA where he has served on the board and has held several leadership positions including, President, President Elect and Secretary. He has also served District 7600 in various leadership positions including Area Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Membership Chair and has been a facilitator at multiple district and Zone 33 training events. Kenny has received multiple club awards including, Service Above Self Award 2009-10, Rotarian of the Year 2010-11, Distinguished Service Award 2011-12, Claude Woodward Award 2012-13, President's Award 2013-14, 2014-15, 2017-18 and was a recipient of D7600 Outstanding Club President Club Award 2015-16. Kenny is a Vice President at UBS Financial Services. As partner on the Richmond Institutional Consulting Group he specializes in wealth management for private individuals, families, non- profits, endowments and retirement plans. He is also a Certified Exit Planning Advisor working with business owners to enhance the value of their business and ensure a successful business transition. Kenny earned his Bachelor degree in Organizational Management & Development from Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, VA. He resides in Ashland, VA with his wife Melissa, daughter Paige and son Patrick. He is very active in the community serving on the boards of the Hanover Chamber of Commerce, Patrick Henry YMCA, Hanover County Superintendent Business Advisory Council, and Housing Families First.
District Website
Sheila Brennan
District Governor Elect RY 22/23, D7610
Sheila Brennan is a past-president of Vienna Rotary Club and has served as Assistant Governor – Area 11 (Northwest Fairfax County). Sheila is married to another past president of Vienna Rotary Club, Matt Brennan, Esquire. Current Vienna president, James Cudney, called Sheila, “the backbone” of the club. A little bit about Sheila’s background: She is the oldest of ten siblings who grew up in the Chicago area. She has had a distinguished 40 year career in the federal government primarily with the DOD and DEA. She was a GS-15 up until her retirement (the equivalent of a full Colonel or Navy Captain). She was the lowest graded civilian employee in the Defense Logistics Agency to ever receive the DLA Civilian Employee of the Year. First time it was ever awarded to an employee at the GS-7 level. She received more than 30 outstanding performance ratings over her years of service. Most importantly, Sheila embodies the true spirit of being a Rotarian, Service above Self. She has been an amazing teammate at the district level, has shown creativity, positive energy, and leadership and will be an excellent district governor.
District Website
Sean D. McAlister
District Governor Elect RY 22/23, D7620
Dr. Sean McAlister is the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Chief Learning Officer for the U.S. Foreign Commercial Service and manages the training and professional development programs for more than 2,300 federal employees working in 128 U.S. cities and 119 countries. He earned a PhD in adult education from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA, and both a master’s and undergraduate degrees from East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, TN. Sean joined Rotary in 1992 as a member of the Virginia Tech Rotaract Club in District 7570, and later District 7620’s Capitol Hill Rotary Club in 2004. Sean served as the Capitol Hill Rotary Club’s President, and various District 7620 leadership roles including Assistant Governor; District Trainer; District Conference Chair; and the Executive Trainer for the Multi-District Chesapeake PETS. Presently Sean is serving as District 7620’s Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) Chair (2018- 2022), the Digital Marketing Chair (2020-2022), and Secretary of the District’s Project Trust Fund Foundation. He is also serving on the Executive Board for the Mid- Atlantic Rotary Leadership Institute (2020-2023) that oversees the RLI programs in nine states. He is a Rotary Major Donor, and is a member of the Rotary Bequest Society, Paul Harris Society, and Rotary Bourbon-Whiskey Society.  He is a resident of Alexandria, VA, but tries to spend as much time as he can fishing on Smith Mountain Lake in Central Virginia.
District Website
R. Clifford "Cliff" Berg, Jr.
District Governor Elect RY 22/23, D7630
R. Clifford “Cliff” Berg has been an active Rotarian 52 years, having joined the Rotary Club of Steelton, PA in 1969 and later joining the Brandywine-Naamans Rotary Club when he moved to Wilmington, DE. Upon retiring in 2012 and moving to Ocean Pines, MD, he joined the Rotary Club of Ocean City-Berlin. Cliff has served as President of both the Brandywine-Naamans and Ocean City-Berlin Rotary Clubs. He has served as an Assistant District Governor and Finance Chairman for District 7630. Cliff is a graduate of Juniata College in Huntingdon, PA with a BS in Economics and received his Master of Science Degree in Financial Services from the American College in Bryn Mawr, PA. He received the Chartered Life Underwriters, Chartered Financial Consultant, and Accredited Estate Planner professional designations. Cliff was a financial planner for 38 years and a principal with The Financial House in Centreville, DE. He was active in his professional associations, serving as National President of the Society of FSP in 2009-2010. Cliff is an active volunteer. He is a Distinguished Eagle Scout. He served as President of the Del-Mar-Va Council, BSA and served on the Northeast Region Board of Directors. He has been awarded the Silver Beaver and Silver Antelope Awards. Cliff is an active volunteer with the American Cancer Society and served on the Society’s National Board. He has been awarded the Society’s National Volunteer Leadership Award and the St George Medal. Cliff enjoys playing golf and platform tennis. He has been married to his wife, Donna for 52 years, and they live in Ocean Pines, MD. Cliff and Donna have two children and four grandchildren.
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