Program - Agenda
We're planning great sessions, full of information, interaction and fun!
Tentative Agenda Coming Soon-ish!
 
 
Our Great Lineup of Speakers
With six districts participating, High Country PETS can offer the following top-level speakers to inform and inspire you. 
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Susan "Suzi" C. Howe - Rotary International Director 2020-22
Friday Dinner
Rotary Club of Space Center
Houston, Texas, USA
 
Suzi Howe dedicated her career to education after graduating from the University of Kansas. She owned and operated South Shore Montessori, a private school, until her retirement in 2019. It was during the construction of that school that she first learned about Rotary, as her broker, architect, and others involved were all Rotarians. Within six months of joining Rotary in 1992, she was already serving on her club’s board.
 
Passionate about sharing her training and educational skills, she has volunteered as training leader and as a member of the Rotary Leadership Training and Development Committee. She has also served RI as regional Rotary Foundation coordinator, host committee advisor for the 2022 Rotary International Convention, and vice chair of the End Polio Now Countdown to History Challenge Committee. In 2005, Howe won the Dome City Award on behalf of all Houston-area Rotarians for her work running logistics for the 650 Rotarian volunteers at the Houston Astrodome who helped 250,000 Hurricane Katrina evacuees from New Orleans over a three-week period. 
 
Howe is also a talented fundraiser, having organized three separate Million Dollar Dinners, the last one alone raising $3.8 million for The Rotary Foundation. “If you make eye contact with me, I will be asking you to make a contribution,” she says.
 
Howe is a recipient of the Service Above Self Award, and The Rotary Foundation’s Distinguished Service Award and Citation for Meritorious Service. She and her husband, Bill, are Arch Klumph Society and Bequest Society members. 
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Andre Hall - Specialist in Change Management
Saturday Breakfast
A native of Argentina, André  has worked at some of the most prestigious hotels in the world, to include the Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten in Hamburg (once recognized as a one of the top ten hotel in the world), the Ritz in Paris and the St. Regis in New York. Additionally he has managed some of the largest hotels, including the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta and the Adam’s Mark in Denver. Before retiring, he was the CEO of the historic Denver Athletic Club. A graduate of the school of Hotel Administration at Cornell University, van Hall has held such positions as Director of Quality, Executive Assistant Manager, Rooms Executive, General Manager, Professor of HR and CEO. His volunteer activity have afforded him the opportunity to serve on boards of Chamber of Commerce, United Way, Convention & Visitors Bureaus, Rotary clubs, Urban League and many others.
 
After suddenly losing his eyesight in late 2011, he started a new career as a Professional Speaker, with an emphasis on Motivation, Change Management and Staff Development. Has spoken all over the country and S. America, to include: Club Managers Association of America, Colorado Lodging Association, Club Managers Associations in CO, NY, GA, TN, and others, Colorado Water Congress, Rocky Mountains Waist Water Association, Kansas Farmers Insurance Association, numerous Vistage groups, and many, many more.
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Vicki Puliz - Rotary International Director 2021-2023
Saturday Lunch
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.
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Gordon McInally - Rotary International President Nominee
Saturday Dinner
Gordon McInally was born in Edinburgh in 1957. A graduate of Dental Surgery from the University of Dundee, for many years he owned and ran a busy General Dental Practice in Edinburgh. He has held local teaching and examining posts and is a past Branch Chairman of the British Paedodontic Society. 
 
Gordon joined the Rotary Club of South Queensferry in 1984, was Club President in 1991-92 and served as District Governor for District 1020 in 1997-98.
He has served Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland as committee member and chairman of most of its administrative and service committees and was Rotary GB&I President in 2004-05. and was Chairman of the 2018 Rotary International Convention which was held in Toronto. He has represented the RI President at District Conferences in many countries.
 
He was named RI President Nominee this fall and will serve as President of Rotary International in 2023-24. Over the years, Rotary has, understandably, taken up a major part of his time and Gordon is on record as saying that none of his Rotary work would be possible without the unfailing support of Heather, who is a Past President of the Rotary Clubs of Linlithgow Grange and Kelso. Keen advocates of The Rotary Foundation, Gordon and Heather are both Paul Harris Fellows. They are members of the Rotary Foundation’s Paul Harris Society and Bequest Society and are Rotary Foundation Benefactors and Major Donors.
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Jennifer Jones - Rotary International President Elect
Sunday Breakfast - by video

Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland
Ontario, Canada

Jones is founder and president of Media Street Productions Inc., an award-winning media company in Windsor. As the first woman to be elected president, Jones understands how important it is to follow through on Rotary’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Statement. “I believe that diversity, equity, and inclusion … begins at the top and for us to realize growth in female membership and members under the age of forty — these demographics need to see their own reflection in leadership,” Jones said. “I will champion double-digit growth in both categories while never losing sight of our entire family.”
 
Jones has been a Rotary member since 1997 and has served Rotary as RI vice president, director, training leader, committee chair, moderator, and district governor. She played a lead role in Rotary’s rebranding effort by serving as chair of the Strengthening Rotary Advisory Group. She is the co-chair of the End Polio Now Countdown to History Campaign Committee, which aims to raise $150 million for polio eradication efforts. Jones has also received Rotary International’s Service Above Self Award and The Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service. She and her husband, Nick Krayacich, are members of The Rotary Foundation’s Arch Klumph Society, Paul Harris Society, and the Bequest Society.
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