Southwest Rotary PETS

March 5 – 7, 2021

Los Angeles Airport Marriott

5855 West Century Boulevard  Los Angeles  California  90045  USA 

Thank you all for a very successful Southwest Rotary PETS!

We will see next year.

Holger Knaack

RI President 2020-21

Rotary Theme 2020 – 2021

HOLGER KNAACK, Herzogtum Lauenburg-Mölln, Germany
Treasurer, Rotary International, 2014-15
Director, Rotary International, 2013-14
Holger Knaack holds a degree in business administration from the University of Applied Sciences Kiel. Since 1995, Holger has been CEO of the real estate company Knaack KG. Previously, he was a partner and general manager of bakery Knaack Enterprises, a 125-year old family business.
Holger is chairman and founder of Karl-Adam-Stiftung (Karl Adam Foundation). He served for six years as chairman of Rotary Jugenddienst Deutschland e.V. (Rotary Youth Exchange Germany). He is a founding member of the “Studentenhilfe Viadrina e.V.,” and the Foundation “Der Rotarier.” In his community, Holger is a founding member of the Civic Foundation of the City of Ratzeburg and served as president of the Golf-Club Gut Grambek for several years.
A Rotarian since 1991, Holger is a member of the Rotary Club of Herzogtum Lauenburg-Mölln. He was treasurer of RI and was a member of the Executive Committee of the Board.

 Susanne Knaack, wife of 2020-21 RI President Holger Knaack

Holger has served RI as president’s representative, Council on Legislation representative, resource group zone coordinator, GETS trainer and RI training leader. He has been a member and chair of numerous RI committees.
Currently, Holger is Moderator of the 2019 Rotary International Assembly, Endowment/Major Gifts Adviser and Co-Chair of the 2019 Hamburg Convention HOC.
Holger is a Major Donor to The Rotary Foundation, a member of the Paul-Harris Society and the Bequest Society. Married to Susanne for 42 years, the couple has hosted more than 40 Rotary Youth Exchange students. In his leisure time, Holger enjoys sailing and playing golf.

Southwest PETS Chairperson 2019-2020

Miles Petroff


Miles Petroff joined the Rotary club of Rancho del Chino in Chino, California in 1999. He served as the club’s president in 2003-2004. He has served many roles in District 5300 and was District Governor 2013-2014. He is the recipient of the Rotary’s Service Above Self Award.

During his year as District Governor, he has raised over $517,000 for Polio and #1 in Zone 26 for Total Contributions.

Recently retired from Verizon after 33 years still enjoys working for H&R Block as a Enrolled Agent for the past 25 years. During his tenure at Verizon and H&R Block he has also served as a Planning Commissioner for the City of Chino for 10 years and is currently serving on the Board of Director for the Boys Republic in Chino Hills since 2013.

This year Miles will serve has the Chair for Southwest Rotary PETS.   Miles has been involved in PETS for 15 years.  of Foundation as Zone 26 ARRFC.

Miles is a native Californian born in the city of Los Angles. He met his wife Teresa at the age of 17 and has been married for 40 years. They have one daughter Sara.

Miles and Teresa reside in Chino for the last 32 years.

Miles is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow and his wife Teresa is a Paul Harris Fellow. He is also a member of the Bequest Society. Miles has served as a Assistant Rotary Foundation Coordinator for Zone 26.



We mourn the passing of Past Rotary International President Frank Devlyn. Quick to greet you with the biggest smile, Frank was a giving man whose hearty laugh made you feel right at home. He was a legend within the Rotary world, a successful businessman who used his treasure and talent to improve humanity wherever he could. “To know Frank Devlyn was to be a friend of Frank Devlyn,” said Southwest Rotary PETS Chair Scott Carr, “and everyone knew him. We honor his memory, and thank his family for sharing him with the world.”

Thank you for building peace in this world, and for your love for humankind. We will miss you.Our condolences to the family and loved ones of Past Rotary President Frank Devlyn upon his passing. Frank was an impactful leader in Rotary whose warm greetings, inspirational words, and dedication to service left a lasting impression on those who met him. Frank’s presence will be missed, and his spirit lives on in all who believe in his commitment to others.
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