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Week 23, December 1, 2019

Well….about that Jaguars Rotary Game last Sunday…..

There seemed to be only one really big winner.  It was Rotary.  At 12:40 PM Sunday, Jaguars President Mark Lamping handed…. [drum roll, please]…a $30,000 check to our Rotary team.  With the Gates Foundation match, that will be almost $100,000 to eradicate Polio!  Awesome work, and YOU did it.

My son texted me after a pretty abysmal first half and said, “If they’d just put the Rotarians onto the field, they’d at least get some folks who know how to drive an effort into the End Zone.”  He’s right:  we’ve conquered polio in Syria, Nigeria, and lots of other impossible places.  And, with your help this past Sunday, we’ll drive Polio into the End Zone.

If you want to help more with Rotary Foundation programs, remember that Giving Tuesday is December 3.  You can give on-line, or through your club.  And don’t worry if you’re late and give on December 5 or 6—we’ll still do good stuff with your money.

Oh yes—and if your club wants to nominate anyone to play offensive line next Sunday, we could probably find them a place on a team in Jacksonville…

Mike Darragh
2019-20 District Governor




Hurricane Dorian Rebuilding-How You Can Assist

Week of December 1, 2019


According to the officials, the 2019 hurricane season has now ended. Not so fast! The real work, known as LTRO, is far from over and the leadership of the various Rotary Clubs located on the Abaco and Grand Bahama Islands need aid from Northeast Florida Rotarians and Friends in implementing their rebuilding initiatives.

LTRO- Through the financial generosity of the District 6970 Rotary Family, we have already commenced certain vital assistance programs: initially in the delivery into Freeport of heavy-duty logistics on/off loading (forklift; pallet-jack) & over-the-road delivery (trailer) equipment.

BACKGROUND- The record-breaking “Cat-5” storm, DORIAN, was a behemoth which initially in late August and early September 2019 had its sights set on Central and Northeast Florida. We were very lucky and dodged the bullet this time; but not so in certain nearby areas off the coast of Florida.

DESTRUCTION- This hurricane is reported to be the most intense storm on record to hit the island nation of the Bahamas. It decimated and left total ruination throughout parts of the Abaco and Grand Bahama Islands; killing more than 60 people, leaving hundreds of pets abandoned and causing over $8 billion of damage to homes, schools, medical facilities, churches, community centers, government facilities and other basic and critical infrastructure (transportation & logistics; water; electric; etc.).

REQUEST TO THE ROTARY FAMILY IN NORTHEAST FLORIDA- If you or your associates have access to orphanage, school and/or building supplies and equipment, including transportation equipment for abandoned pets, contact our Disaster Committee Co-Chair, Pat Mulvihill, at; or, text to 904.534.0035

THE LTRO IS UNDERWAY-Please continue to stay-tuned to this website for UPDATES & PICTURES.

Click HERE to donate:  PayPal/Credit Card  All funds donated are dedicated solely for post-hurricane Dorian recovery & rebuilding initiatives

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ROTARY – DG 2022-23 Announcement

It is with a great deal of pleasure that I announce to you that Jeff Michelman from the Rotary Club of Oceanside has been chosen by the Nominating Committee to be the District Governor for Rotary International District 6970 for the years 2022-23. Jeff has an outstanding record of service in our District. He has been a member of the Rotary Club of Oceanside since 1996 and served as President in 2016-17.

Jeff has also worked tirelessly for the past two years as District Polio Chair, and has personally shown his commitment TWICE by bicycling the grueling 100-mile Arizona Ride to End Polio to raise funds personally for the cause.  He has also served as Assistant Governor for the past three years, and helped found the Town Center Rotaract Club in 2018, and UNF Rotaract Club in 2010.

This year the Rotarians serving as members of the Nominating Committee were: Nominating Committee Chair PDG Marshall Butler (West Jacksonville), Vickie Cavey (Ponte Vedra Beach), Tim O’Donnell (Flagler Beach), Sandy Rogers (East Arlington), and Steve Crump (Deland Breakfast). This committee executed its duties with professionalism and dedication to select the most qualified candidate.  They were also assisted by PDG Brent Coates, who assisted during interview preparation, and was a non-voting member of the team.

As prescribed in our District procedures and in keeping with the by-laws of Rotary International, any club which submitted a candidate for consideration by the nominating committee has the right to challenge the decision of the nominating committee within 15 days of the announcement. That challenge shall be in writing to the District Governor and must be received in that 15 day time frame. If no such challenge is received by December 21, 2019, I will declare Jeff Michelman the candidate selected by the Nominating Committee to be the official District Governor Nominee Designate for 2022-23,  to serve his term in the year beginning July 1, 2022 and ending on June 30, 2023 and send written certification to the General Secretary of Rotary International.

On behalf of all of District 6970 I want to thank the members of the nominating committee for their service, and the clubs that submitted nominations for the position.

Mike Darragh
District 6970 Governor 2019-20

Important Events:

RYE Florida

The Rotary Youth Exchange annual Big Country Reveal is coming up December 11. This is a FREE event and open to everyone. A headcount is needed for seating/light refreshment.

District 6970 - Assembly / Conference 2020

April 24&25, 2020
The Renaissance Hotel at World Golf Village
500 S Legacy Trl.
St. Augustine, FL 32092
(904) 940-8000




HONOLULU, HAWAII June 6-10, 2020

Rotarians are encouraged to book early as there are more Rotarians than normal expected at the Honolulu Convention.  Enjoy the special video below about the 2020 Convention.

Registration for the Honolulu Convention is now open
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District 6970 In Action

Public Image / Public Relations

In 2013 Rotary International introduce a significantly revised visual branding and visual identity program.
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Rotaract Video

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Wreaths Across America


 Jacksonville National Cemetery to Hold Wreaths-Across-America Day Ceremony
Saturday December 14, 2019 at 11:45 am


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Council Cycle 2017-2020

The Council on Legislation (COL) met
14-18 April 2019 in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
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Ascension Health Ministry Mobile Unit

President Tom Bryan and District Governor Mike Darragh rededicated the Ascension Health Services — formerly St. Vincent’s Hospital — mobile health unit that marked Rotary’s 100 years of service in Florida. As members and guests of our Rotary Club applauded, Mike and Tom cut the ceremonial ribbon for the re-designed vehicle.

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International Convention
June 6-10, 2020
Honolulu, HI
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Polio Plus

Polio Plus campaign – We’re this close!
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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 .