Program - Agenda
We're planning great online sessions, full of information, interaction and a little fun!
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Our Great Lineup of Speakers
With six districts participating, High Country PETS can offer the following top level speakers to inform and inspire you.  Check back to see more!
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Shekhar Mehta, RI President Elect
Shekhar Mehta is only the 4th Indian in 115 years to be nominated as the President of Rotary International for the year 2021-22. He was born in 1959 in Kolkata India. A keen academician, he graduated from St. Xavier’s College, and has the unique combination of Masters in Commerce, a qualified Chartered Accountant, Cost Accountant and Company Secretary. He heads Skyline Real Estate Development, operating in different parts of India, including the largest group housing in the state of Rajasthan.
 
Shekhar Mehta is a motivational speaker. He has spoken at hundreds of events nationally and internationally. His motivation skills are par excellence and have helped to raise millions of dollars for The Rotary Foundation.
 
Shekhar.Mehta is recipient of the highest awards of Rotary International & The Rotary Foundation: 
  • “Service Above Self Award”
  • “The Meritorious Service Award”
  • “The Distinguished Service Award”.
He will serve as the world leader of 1.2 million Rotarians in 200 countries and geographical areas in the year 2021-2022.
Lead with Joy - Vicki Puliz | Rotary International Director 2021-2023
Vicki will serve as Rotary International Director from the “Big West” Zones 26 & 27 from 2021 to 2023. Vicki is a proud member of the Rotary Club of Sparks, Nevada. She joined Sparks Rotary in 1992, served as club president in 2004-2005, and as Governor for District 5190 in 2013-2014.
 
Vicki’s “Why” in Rotary is to make a positive difference—whether in youth service, public image, polio eradication, leadership development, education, or growing Rotary through new clubs and supporting Rotarians and Rotaractors.
 
Vicki graduated from the University of Utah with a Marketing degree and Master of Business Administration and went on to own a commercial electrical contracting firm in northern Nevada.
 
Vicki and her husband, Tim, live in Reno, Nevada at the base of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Their blended family includes 7 adult children, 9 grandchildren, and 3 Rotary Youth Exchange daughters. Their interests include outdoor activities and general aviation. Vicki and Pilot Tim are members of the International Fellowship of Flying Rotarians. They support Our Rotary Foundation as Major Donors and members of the Paul Harris Society, Polio Plus Society, and the Bequest Society.
Danelle Umstead
  • Blind Professional Skier
  • 3-Time Paralympic Medalist
  • 53-Time World Cup Medalist
  • Dancing With The Stars Contestant
Imagine hurtling down a steep ski mountain at over 70 mph virtually blind, relying solely on the verbal commands of a guide to navigate the icy, snow covered terrain.  Welcome to Danelle Umstead’s everyday office. Now a 3-time Paralympic medalist, Danelle is one of the most successful visually impaired ski racers in history and remarkably, she didn’t start skiing until she was 29 and had long since lost most of her vision.  As Danelle says, “I didn’t grow up on the slopes, but I was definitely reborn there!”
 
Danelle has shared her remarkable story, and the life lessons she has uncovered along the way, to countless corporations, professional organizations, charities, sports groups and schools across the country. Her keynote address, “Living Your Impossible” shares the inspiring story of losing her vision, losing her mother, and discovering her life’s passion through which she found healing, her husband, and lifetime of high-speed adventure.  During her presentation Danelle speaks about; 
  • Overcoming adversity
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Creativity / Problem Solving
  • Elite Performance
She will take you from tears to cheers and redefine what it means to be disabled.
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