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Let’s Play Mingo Bingo!


Let’s play Mingo Bingo!!! What is Mingo Bingo, you say? Well, it is a fun way to track your Rotary Activities while earning points for the coveted Rotary District 6970 Mingo Award! But most importantly, this is a tool to help members get engaged in all the many activities our clubs and District are involved in, and having fun along the way!

Click to play Mingo Bingo!


Rotary Works is an initiative provided for Rotarians and Rotaractors within Zones 33 & 34 experiencing career transition.  This initiative is comprised of three distinct programs, providing education, networking, and/or financial resources for participants, providing mentorship opportunities for personal and professional development.

The Project

The first Rotary Works program to launch will be our Career Development Professional Series, which will be offered via Zoom.  Each month, beginning December 9th at Noon, with an overview of our Series, we will collaborate with business professionals in career development, exchanging ideas and having conversations with experts in their field.  These “mentors” will provide information and inspiration for those in attendance seeking opportunities of self-exploration, self-improvement and ultimately seeking employment or entrepreneurial prospects.

Coming this spring, Zones 33 and 34 will provide a “Job Board”, where you will be able to search for employment opportunities, post open positions, request a mentor, become a mentor, and find valuable and relevant career transition resources.

Finally, we are establishing an Impact Fund designed to assist Rotarians and Rotaractors in Zones 33 and 34, who may have experienced financial stress an opportunity to apply for a one-time grant of $500.

The potential to help those in need is a top priority for us.  More information on these programs will be available after the first of the year.

Support the Impact Fund

If you’re able, please contribute to the Impact Fund, which will provide grants to Rotarians in need due to unanticipated career transition.  To contribute to the Impact Fund, make your check out to Rotary Zones 33-34 Foundation (“Impact Fund in the memo field) and mail to P.O. Box 785, Troy, NC 27371.

Contribute by Credit Card (a convenience fee is charged)

Visit the Rotary Works website:

Elusive Grape owner Bill Budzinski named DeLand Volunteer of the Year

Chris Boyle

The Daytona Beach News-Journal

DELAND — Bill Budzinski emerges from the kitchen on an increasingly busy late Friday afternoon at The Elusive Grape, the wine bar and restaurant he’s owned for 18 years.

He wears a dark blue apron, a hallmark of members of the Rotary Club of Downtown DeLand. Three words stand out on this otherwise ordinary garment — Service Above Self.

“It’s harder to do things for people when times are tough, but it’s more important to do it when times are tough,” said Budzinski, whose business closed for 10 days in March as the first COVID-19 wave rolled through Central Florida.

That time is when Budzinski sprung into service action. As families in the community struggled to find meat at the grocery stores, he bought 2,500 pounds of chicken leg quarters — donating 80% of it to The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia, and the rest to local bartenders and wait staff to feed their families.

And it was only the beginning. Since the start of the pandemic, Budzinski has provided the Neighborhood Center with 17,300 pounds of meat, in addition to preparing 14,500 meals for those in need at the Spring Hill Resource Center.

Thus, Budzinski was selected as the City of DeLand’s Volunteer of the Year. He and attorney Brittany Gloersen, the city’s Volunteer of the Year Under 40, were recognized at a recent city commission meeting and will have their names added to the walk of fame in Downtown DeLand.

Budzinski learned of the honor at the end of October, receiving notice from Kieu Moses, the city’s special events coordinator. At first, he thought it was a joke.

“It’s a great honor, it’s a great town. I’m glad to be a part of it,” said Budzinski, a staple of the Downtown DeLand business scene since 1993. “I didn’t realize they had anything like this, so it’s really nice. We’re obviously not in it for the accolades; we’re here just to help people.”

Past volunteer work for Budzinski includes fundraisers for breast cancer and childhood cancer awareness, as well as collecting money for families to pay their water bills.

He serves on various city boards including a current stint on the Downtown Community Redevelopment Agency Board.

Gloersen, an attorney for Landis, Graham, French P.A., co-organized the Haunted Hollow in October 2019. The haunted house experience, which was postponed this year due to the pandemic, raised more than $30,000 and split across several community organizations.

Currently serving as the president of the Rotary Club of DeLand, Gloersen implemented a swim safety program, and provided both donations and meals to low-income seniors.




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





Important Events

Top 3 List

District Activities to Follow-Quick View

  1. Vibrant Club Seminar videos now available: Vibrant Club Videos
  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

Hybrid Meetings - Create a Great Club Meeting Experience

Rotary Means Business Fellowship Event Open to all District 6970 - FREE!


RI Convention 2021

June 12-16, 2021 Taipei, Taiwan

Vibrant Club Seminar Videos

Women In Rotary - Watch the Video

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 .