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Dec Flamingo Flyer by Marie Turnbull

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!

Hello family of Rotary!  As Rotary International Director of Zones 33-34, I am pleased to announce a very special vocational service project, “Rotary Works”.

“Rotary Works” is an initiative to benefit Rotarians and Rotaractors within our Zones who are experiencing career transition.  Three distinct programs will provide education, networking, and/or financial resources for participants.

Our first “Rotary Works” program will be a “Career Development Series”, offered monthly via Zoom beginning at Noon on December 9th, 2020, and at Noon Eastern Time on the second Wednesday of each month thereafter.  In our first program we will outline exactly how “Rotary Works” works and how it will support our members.

Register NOW for Rotary Works – Rotary Opens Career Opportunities — Noon, December 9, 2020 
or send your regrets that you cannot attend by clicking here.

Monthly topics will vary from direct, self-help conversations to hands-on skill development processes.  Each month our professionals will be available to discuss specific topics with you.  The topics will be outlined each month in our Rotary Works Newsletter, as well as on the DACdb calendar where you can register for each event.

In the Spring of 2021, we will launch our second phase, the “Zone Job Board” — a resource to search for or post employment opportunities.

And finally, the third phase is our Impact Fund, designed to offer a one-time grant of $500 for individuals in our Zones who have experienced financial stress due to career transition.  Criteria are being established so eligible Rotarians and Rotaractors can to apply for these grants.  We will direct our members to the Zone Website for more information on that process and want to stress that these personal grants are a “hand-up” opportunity, not a “hand-out”.

Register NOW for Rotary Works – Rotary Opens Career Opportunities — Noon, December 9, 2020 
or send your regrets that you cannot attend by clicking here.

Stephanie Urchick
Rotary International Director 2019-20




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

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


RI Convention 2021

June 12-16, 2021 Taipei, Taiwan

Morgan Shewey Starts Rotaract Club

Rotary has always been a part of my life. Growing up with Rotarians as parents, the Rotary values of service, integrity, leadership, and peace were instilled in my head at a very young age. Over time, I developed a strong passion for helping others. I was surprised when I first came to the University of Tampa that there was no Rotaract Club. So I just had to start one! It’s been a challenging and wonderful process. But I am thrilled to say I did it and I couldn’t have done it without the help and support from my friends, family, and sponsor Rotary/Rotaract Clubs. We had our first service event with Feeding Tampa Bay today and had more volunteers sign up than I expected. I feel confident we will not only make a difference in the Tampa Bay community, but we will also make a difference in the world!
We’re so proud of you Morgan!!! Parents, Mike and Stacy Shewey of South JAX and Ponte Vedra Beach Rotary clubs.

Vibrant Club Seminar Videos

Women In Rotary - Watch the Video

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.

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.

Feeding NE FL 2020

The mighty Rotary Club of Jacksonville had a food drive for Thanksgiving for Feeding NE Florida.
We donated 4,661 pounds of food which translates to 3,884 meals!!!!!!!!!  We also donated $1,570 in cash to Feeding Northeast Florida! With the money donation equals 13,304 meals for the Community.
Rotarian (Left to right:  Peter Denholm, Terry Bunch, Pete Hicks, President Gerry Kelley, Cherri Coombs-Ohmer plus staff from Feeding NE Florida.
Photo Credit: Bill Learn

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 .