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Chesapeake PETS

March 5 – 6, 2021


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Chesapeake PETS Chairperson 2020-2021

Claude Morissette

Welcome to Chesapeake Presidents Elect Training Seminar 2021 (Chesapeake PETS, or CPETS). And special congratulations to the incoming club Presidents on being selected to lead your club for Rotary Year 2021/22 as Rotary #LeadersOfAction!

On behalf of the entire CPETS Planning Committee, we are eager to prepare and inspire you for your leadership roles that begin on July 1, with our training curriculum as set forth by Rotary International and customized with your District Governor Elect’s input over the past year.

Attending Presidents Elect Training Seminar is a requirement of every incoming Rotary club President. Chesapeake PETS also includes a leadership training track for district leaders including Assistant Governors Elect, District Governors Nominee, and Presidents Nominee. For club Presidents, your training and planning started with Pre-PETS at your district-level with your colleagues. Now you will spend 1.5 days online via Zoom with more than 220 other Presidents Elect from Districts 7600, 7610, 7620, and 7630 in Virginia, Maryland, District of Columbia, and Delaware. Our concentrated leadership training features top Rotary speakers and facilitators and provides you with the opportunity to learn from them and from your peers.

Our CPETS Planning Committee — especially your District Governors Elect — is honored to serve with you.  We  pledge to make our time together a worthwhile leadership and networking opportunity to inspire you to lead your clubs.

In Rotary Service,

Claude Morissette

Chair, Chesapeake PETS 2020 and 2021
Past District Governor, Rotary 7620
Rotary Club of Potomac MD

The District Governors Elect of Chesapeake PETS

Deborah Wall
District Governor Elect, D7600
Debbie Wall is currently employed as Senior Supply Chain Accountant for Sabra Dipping Company in Colonial Heights, VA and a member of the Colonial Heights Virginia Rotary Club. Born in Bluefield, Virginia, she is a graduate of Virginia Tech with a BS in Business Management. She also holds an MBA from Averett University and a BA in Accounting from Bluefield College. Debbie and her husband, fellow Rotarian Stan Wall, are Bequest Society Members, Benefactors, Major Donors, Multiple Paul Harris Fellows, Paul Harris Society Members, Polio Plus Society Members, and donors to the William E. Skelton Endowment Fund. Debbie joined Rotary in 2004 and has 15+ years perfect attendance. She has served as Secretary and President Elect for the Bluefield Virginia Rotary Club, President Elect for the Lynchburg Morning Rotary Club, Sergeant at Arms and Club Administration Chair for The Rocky Mount NC Rotary Club, President Elect for The Kenton County Rotary Club, and District Communications Officer for Rotary District 6740. For District 7600, she has served as three time Past President for The Colonial Heights Rotary Club, DCO for seven years, and District Secretary for three years. Debbie is a RLI graduate and RLI faculty for Rotary Zone 33. Debbie was named Rotarian of the Year 2005-2006 by the Bluefield VA Rotary Club, 2009 -2010 named Rotarian of the Year by the Rocky Mount NC Rotary Club and Area 5 Rotarian of the Year for District 7720, and Rotarian of the Year 2015-2016 by the Colonial Heights Rotary Club. She was the recipient of the D7600 Outstanding Club President Award 2014-2015, 2017-2018, and 2018-2019; and of the Rotary Foundation District Service Award 2014-2015. Debbie has attended seven Rotary International Conventions and district conferences each year since joining Rotary. Stan and Debbie were recipients of the 2011 Silver and 2012 Gold United States Presidential Volunteer Service Award.
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Patricia Borowski
District Governor Elect, D7610
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Geetha Jayaram
District Governor Elect, D7620
Rotary Bio for Dr. Geetha Jayaram Dr. Geetha Jayaram is the District Governor for District 7620 for 21-22. A past Rotaractor and recipient of a 2005-06 Rotary Grant for University Teachers, she is a Professor of Psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins Schools of Medicine, Public Health and Nursing. In 1997, from the the Rotary Clubs of Columbia, & Howard West, Dr. Jayaram founded the Maanasi Clinic in Mugalur, Karnataka, India. She has volunteered for National Immunization Days for eradicating polio in India several times. She started 2 Rotaract clubs & her current Rotary club of Howard West; increased membership in Rotary; taught as facilitator for the Rotary Leadership institute; lectured at many Rotary District Conferences and Zone institutes throughout North America, Asia and Europe. She has procured at least 20 grants for domestic and international Rotary work amounting to several million dollars. Rotary Honors: • Charter member Rotaract Club of Bangalore, 1968 • President of The Columbia Rotary Club & Best President for District with 7 awards • District Conference Emcee 2010 • Service Above Self Award 2012 • Honored by the WHO in 2013 for a low cost model for psychiatric care in low and middle income countries • Global Alumnus Service to Humanity Award for Zone 33 in 2012, 2013, and winner for Rotary International 2014 given to one person in the world • Honored by the World Bank in 2018 at the International Women’s Day celebration Professional honors: Numerous national and international awards for professional work, teaching, humanitarian service, and leadership. Listed as Best Doctor by peers in Baltimore and Washington DC for 14 years. Past President of the Association of Women Psychiatrists, Past President of the American Association of Psychiatric Administrators, Scientific Program Chair x2 for the American Psychiatric Association of 37000 members (chaired meetings for 21000 and 27000 attendees) ; Elected Chair of the Global Caucus of the American Psychiatric Association (to name a few) Rotary impact: Her major sustained humanitarian project for 22 years: MAANASI can be viewed at She initiated the clinic’s development, supplying it with medications, training health care staff and village caseworkers, teaching medical students, residents, nurses, junior faculty and raising funds for 22 years. The work is highly successful and sustained with local leadership and efforts. The model has been replicated in all of Lithuania and now in Kenya (3 countries impacting millions of households: 212 villages in India, all of Lithuania, 300000 persons in Bungoma County, Kenya). She started the Rotary Action Group on Mental Health initiatives with others: which now includes members from more than 30 countries. She has hosted GSE students from 12 countries. She is a member of CADRE of Rotary. She is a Major Donor and Paul Harris Fellow x5. She has the following select honors as well: • Invited keynote speaker to the Rotary International Convention meeting in Brazil in 2015 • Invited keynote speaker at 5 district conferences • Invited keynote speaker at the Zone conference in Lithuania in 2015 • Invited keynote speaker at the Zone 33 & 34 Institute in 2016 • Invited keynote speaker at the Zone 32 meeting in Winnipeg, Canada 2016 • Invited to give the State of the State address to the Rotarians and the Health Department in Denver 2016 • Winner of the Kun Po Soo Award for her contributions to Asian American Psychiatry from the American Psychiatric Association 2017 • Elected to the American College of Psychiatrists 2017 • Winner of the American Psychiatric Association’s Administrative Psychiatry Award 2018 • Elected to the Distinguished Teachers Society of the Johns Hopkins University (only 5 of all physicians in the University selected)
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H. Hugh Dawkins
District Governor Elect, D7630
A resident of Easton MD, Hugh Dawkins has been a Rotarian since 1972 and has served as president of the Westminster MD Rotary (1979-80) & Easton MD Rotary (2016-17), as well as serving on their Boards of Directors. He was selected as District Governor Nominee in January 2019 and will serve as District Governor in 2021-2022. Born in Easton MD, Hugh is a graduate of McDaniel College (formerly Western Maryland College) with BA and and Masters degrees in Education. Hugh spent 20 years working at McDaniel College in various positions, including Adjunct Instructor, Registrar, and Director of Development. Upon leaving McDaniel, he returned to Easton to join his family business Hilly’s Garden Center; after selling the business, he and his wife Kathy opened Dawkins Management, Inc. in 1992. This company focuses on medical practice management and billing. Hugh is an active community member, currently serving as Chair of Administrative Board for St. Mark’s United Methodist Church and as Treasurer for Crashbox Theatre Company. He has served on the boards of the YMCA, Talbot Hospice Foundation, Easton Bank & Trust, and Waterfowl Festival. He is a past President of Waterfowl Festival and of Talbot Hospice Foundation, and served as Chair of the Talbot County Blue Ribbon Commission Oversight Committee on Drug and Substance Abuse. Hugh holds several awards from McDaniel College including Alumnus of the Year. He serves on the McDaniel Alumni Council & Awards Committee. He is also a member of the Waterfowl Festival’s Hall of Fame. Hugh and Kathy have three children and three grandchildren spread across three states.
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