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You can see the current status of testing and infections on the FL DOH website: click here for Florida Department of Health-Covid-19 status

Announcements concerning the status of District 6970 events are found in the right side panel boxes.

Each club has to make its own decisions. Click here for updates by Rotary International.

Additional information can be found at the CDC: click here for up to date CDC information 

Some direct information from the CDC can be found in the following 4 information sheets.

COVID19 Facts 
COVID19 Stop the Spread 
COVID19 What to do if you are sick

Rich Turnbull
District 6970 Governor 2020-21






COVID-19 Economy Fall 2020 Infant Care Program
Miles of Diapers Collection Drive

Baby Foods
Baby Formula
Baby Wipes

18th September 2020
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Baby Luv at Community Health Outreach, which serves up to 600 families each month who need diapers and baby supplies, is holding a Miles of Diapers collection drive. Each baby with diaper needs will receive 50 diapers per month thanks to Miles of Diapers donations. That could mean as many as 20,000 diapers distributed per month. Infant formula is also an ongoing need. Please help by donating diapers, wipes, and formula. From Sept. 21 through Oct. 30, there will be collection boxes at WJXT, Channel 4, Fields Auto Group Dealerships, Tire Outlet stores and Community Health Outreach of Jacksonville.
See all addresses below
Drop-Off Locations

  • WJXT studios, 4 Broadcast Place
  • Community Health Outreach, 5126 Timuquana Road
  • Fields Auto Group dealerships: Fields Cadillac, 7999 Blanding Blvd. | Lexus of Orange Park, 7040 Blanding Blvd. | Mercedes Benz Orange Park, 7018 Blanding Blvd. | Porsche Jacksonville, 10100 Atlantic Blvd. | Lexus of Jacksonville, 10259 Atlantic Blvd. | Mercedes Benz Jacksonville, 10231 Atlantic Blvd. | Land Rover Jaguar | 11217 Atlantic Blvd. | Cadillac St. Augustine, 375 Outlet Mall Blvd.
  • Tire Outlets: 9213 Merrill Road | 1250 3rd Street North | 10220 New Berlin Road | 4854 San Juan Ave. | 10995 N Main Street | 250 San Marco Ave. | 11460 Beach Blvd. | 463371 State Rd 200 in Yulee

Meredith N. Smith Executive Director Community Health Outreach 5126 Timuquana Road Jacksonville, FL 32210 904-575-2006 SERVING THOSE IN NEED SINCE 1988 @ChooseCHOJax #choosechojax #milesofdiapers #drivethruforfood


Important Events

Top 4 List

District Activities to Follow-Quick View

  1. Wine to Water – Clean Water fundraiser, RC Gainsville Oct. 29th 8 PM
  2. Hurricane Laura and Hurricane Sally Disaster ReliefDonate Now.
  3. DTA, District Training Assembly 2020 videos are now available. Click here to view: DTA Videos
  4. INFINITE POSSIBILITIES Women in Rotary sessions from Aug. 28 through Oct. 30, 2020

Wine to Water Event - RC Gainesville

Thursday Oct. 29th at 8:00 PM. All District 6970 members are invited to attend virtually.

For more information visit: Wine to Water Event – Gainesville

One of the main focuses of the Downtown Gainesville Rotary club is Clean Water. Florida has the largest number of freshwater springs in the world and it is vitally important that we do our utmost to safeguard them as well as to educate the public about their fragility.  Towards that end, the Downtown Rotary club holds an annual event in which we honor three people/businesses (profit, non-profit and educator) who are doing a noteworthy job of being good water stewards. This event is named in honor of Wes Skiles, world-renowned diver (featured in and contributor to National Geographic) and ardent clean water advocate.  It has grown from a small gathering to a very respectable 125+ interested people. This year, due to COVID, we are going to hold this event virtually.  In addition to honoring the good water stewards, we are also going to use it as a platform to help us raise funds for the UF Fla. Museum of Natural History as they add a spectacular new addition to the museum called The Story Of Water.

We plan on it being a fast paced, informative and interesting event (around 35-40 minutes).

As it will be a virtual event, it is open to anyone, anywhere. Clean water and the Environment are two of the focus points of Rotary.

FREE to attend, however, we would prefer that folks pre-register so we will have an idea of the attendance.  Also pre-registration is required if a person would like to be in the running for prizes, which will be awarded at the end of the evening.

Hurricane Sally Disaster Relief

September 2020

Donations to assist in Hurricane Sally relief efforts can be made to the Rotary District 6940 Foundation.
You may donate by Credit Card or PayPal.
Donations may also be made by Check. Make checks payable to Rotary District 6940 Foundation.
Andy Corbin, District Treasurer 95 Ready Ave Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548
Contact: Jan Pooley, District Governor
Dale Stone, District Disaster Response Coordinator
For Additional Information See District 6940 Website Or  Contact: Padraic E. “Pat” Mulvihill Emergency & Disaster Relief District 6970 Chair US & Caribbean

Hurricane Laura Disaster Relief


SE Louisiana Rotary District 6200 Lake Charles Area
Donations for the District 6200 Hurricane Laura Disaster Relief efforts can be made through their 501 (c)3 Foundation which is maintained by its Trustees. Funds will be utilized only to assist individuals and communities impacted by this August 2020 hurricane.

Women In Rotary

If you missed Dr. Sylvia Whitlock’s presentation July 31st, you missed an outstanding opportunity to listen to one of “the greats”…but not to worry, we recorded it!  Dr. Whitlock’s presentation is available to watch and use as a membership initiative (see link below).  By the way, bragging rights…we had 1,165 registrations for this successful event!  Outstanding, DG Darryl Keys!

Recorded and available for viewing:  Sylvia Whitlock, 1st Female Rotary Club President, Hosted by RI Vice President Johrita Solari and RI Director Valarie Wafer

October 30, 2020 – Very Special Guest Speaker, Jennifer Jones. Hosted by RI Director Stephanie Urchick

Stephanie Urchick
Rotary International Director 2019-21
Peter Kyle
Rotary International Director 2020-22

Hand Washing Stations

Rotary Clubs in The Greater Jacksonville Area will provide a soap & water portable hand-washing station to an organization where it is most needed.
Free of charge.
Please complete the form. The hand-wash station will be delivered.
Thank you for your community leadership.

District 6970 In Action

Any photograph on this website of people without the Covid-19 recommended face masks were taken before the current government regulations as of July 1, 2020.


Hurricane Season 2020

PLEASE IMMEDIATELY LEARN About Your Respective Northeast Florida Community’s 2020 Updated Response Plan. Prepare For and Follow Instructions From Your Local Emergency Agencies Since the COVID-19 Emergency May Require Some Changes to the Evacuation, Mass Feeding & Sheltering Programs & Protocols Which Were Utilized throughout Northeast Florida in the Past.

Read more…

Hurricane Dorian Rebuilding-How You Can Assist?

UPDATE: New funds raise donations to $84,753
April 2020 – Long-Term Recovery: Abaco and Grand Bahama Islands

Picture and video from delivery of gasoline to residents of East Grand Bahama during the virus lock down.
Rotary got permission from the police to deliver gas. We are using the trailer you sent. Play the 0:20 video:

A new vehicle is now in service playing an integral part in enabling the GBI ROTARY SEAGRAPE TEAMS to quickly finish the DORIAN RECOVERY & CRITICAL REPAIR INITIATIVES as well as, if necessary, be in place from time-to-time for future emergencies. Play the video:

AG Lizbeth
How can you assist?
Read more…


Portable Hand Wash Station

Learn how to build portable hand wash stations – Club Project Idea!
Click for details: Portable Hand Wash Station Building Instructions

N JAX Rotarians Expressing Gratitude

April 11, 2020
SITUATION: VIRUS- April 2020, healthcare workers across the US are facing “war like” conditions with a pandemic as the enemy. Almost unheard of in recent history hospital systems in some areas, such as NYC, are near the breaking point.
RESPONSE: “Expression of Gratitude”- North JAX Rotarians are aligned with UF Health, Jacksonville. Pres. Dale Moe, the club’s board, and members Fred Allison, Terry Lee and Doug Register designed a Thank You Sign for UF North Campus.
More Info on the Rotary Sign-Project: Fred Allison,
Padraic E. “Pat” Mulvihill, Co-Chair Emergency & Disaster Relief Committee,

Protective Face Shields

The Rotary District 6970 Disaster Relief Committee recently became aligned with a NE Florida-based aerospace company Made in Space, Inc. This private-sector organization utilized its engineering and innovative products’ design and manufacturing expertise, as a good corporate citizen, to provide during this National Emergency small quantities of plastic face shields as a contribution. This will be done, through Rotary, to healthcare and other front-line personnel. Our Committee is focused on supplying this equipment which is in high demand to those entities servicing the underserved members within our communities; primarily, for workers caring for infants and elders.
FOR CLUB PRESIDENTS  & COMMUNITY SERVICE CHAIRS / COVID-19 PROJECT: If your Club knows of an organization in its area of NE Florida which provides services for the underserved and has reached out for assistance in accessing a small quantity of PLASTIC FACE SHIELDS, please immediately contact with the details and quantity(ies) requested: Pat Mulvihill, Disaster Committee Co-Chair, at

JAX National Cemetery


The term “Gold Star” started during World War I. Gold Star Families” is now utilized to recognize the sacrifices made by a mother, father, sister, brother, daughter, son, or other when a loved one dies in service to our great nation. This Parkway will accordingly “honor & remember” and recognize that no one has given more to the US than the families of these fallen heroes.
It has been approximately nine years since the Summer of 2010 that a group from Northeast Florida went to Washington DC advocating this new access-parkway project (“Veterans Action Team”). The Veterans Action Team consisted of Members of the Support Committee at the Jacksonville National Cemetery (“JNC”) along with the Rotary Club of North Jacksonville, other Northeast Florida Rotarians, veterans organizations, civic leaders, and various  governmental agencies. These were the integral components of the driving force behind the construction of the new 3.4-mile two-lane parkway which leads into the hallowed grounds at the national cemetery (“Parkway”). This brand new $12.8 million North Jacksonville Parkway system connects the National Cemetery with the I-95 and Pecan Park Road interchange; will be maintained by the City of Jacksonville; and is expected to be completed during the Summer 2021. The Parkway has been designed to significantly improve transportation options from Interstate 95 for the multitude of motorists continuously seeking access to / from when attending funerals and the other numerous events held at the National Cemetery honoring US military veterans, such as the Wreaths Across America and Memorial Day ceremonies. The Support Committee and the Rotarians certainly take great pride in being able to support one of the most military-friendly Veterans’ regions in the entire United States, if not, the friendliest. The JNC honors all veterans and their families, especially the Gold Star Families whose beloved soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines gave their lives in the in the line-of-duty defending our great country so that we can live ours. Accordingly, this Parkway is being constructed to accommodate the families and the friends of our fallen heroes.


The Five Avenues of Service


Club Service

Surf Camp

Rotarians volunteer their time to teach autistic children surfing

Club Service focuses on making clubs strong.
A thriving club is anchored by strong relationships
and an active membership development plan.

Vocational Service

Habitat for Humanity

Rotarians volunteer to build in their communities

Vocational Service calls on every Rotarian to work
with integrity and contribute their expertise to the problems and needs of society.

Community Service

Rotarians support BEAM and the community

Community Service encourages every Rotarian
to find ways to improve the quality of life for people in their communities and to serve the public interest.

International Service

UNF students design a clean water system in Guatemala with District 6970 Rotarians

International Service exemplifies our global reach in promoting peace and understanding. We support this service avenue by sponsoring or volunteering on international projects, seeking partners abroad, and more.

Youth Service

Youth Exchange Students Enjoy Disney World

Youth Service recognizes the importance of empowering youth and young professionals through leadership development programs such as EarlyAct, , and .