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April Flamingo Flyer by Marie Turnbull

District 6970 Call to Action!!

 Fellow Rotarians, the Caribbean Island of St. Vincent, which is a part of our own RI Zone 34, is experiencing a Major Volcano Disaster since early April of this year.   St. Vincent is home to the Rotary Club of St. Vincent, the Rotary Club of St. Vincent South, and the Rotaract Club of Kingstown.

Additional information is below, but suffice it to say the needs are great!  We are asking all Rotarians, Rotaractors, and Rotary Clubs to consider sending contributions to our York Fund (a 501c3 charitable entity).  And in turn, District 6970 will MATCH the first $5,000 in contributions at a 1:1 rate!! Donate now and have your dollars doubled!!

Thank you for considering a monetary donation to help our Caribbean / Rotary neighbors; remember we are People of Action!!
(read more: Rotary District 7030 Report)

Yours in Rotary Service,
District Governor Rich Turnbull

April 2021 Caribbean Volcano Relief

Please make checks to:
District 6970 York Foundation
and send to:
PO Box 47195, Jacksonville, FL  32247

(Please note ‘VOLCANO’ in the memo space)

Or!!  Save time and use the convenient ‘Donate’ button below!

Beak Performance!

Record-Breaking Amount Raised in This Year’s Rubber Ducky Regatta

“This is a dream come true.” Those were the words of Ann Breidenstein, CEO of Learn to Read of St. Johns County, moments before the 7th Annual Rubber Ducky Regatta kicked off this past Sunday. “To  have [the duckies] dumped over the bridge is something we’ve always wanted, and it took the partnership of Rotary Club of Ponte Vedra to get it done,” Breidenstein told those assembled at Palm Valley Outdoors Bar & Grill.

The restaurant was the headquarters for this year’s  event (which, in years past, had been held in the lazy river of Nocatee’s community water park). The new location proved to be a great fit for the event as beautiful weather greeted onlookers watching the spectacle of 3028 rubber duckies being dropped from the 210 bridge into the Intracoastal waters below.

Several Rotarians and their families took to the water in boats and kayaks to corral the duckies — even when the tide and wind worked against them. About 20 volunteers from the local high schools of Bartram Trail, Creekside and Nease helped work the event on land. 

National Honor Society students from those schools did a fantastic job of selling duck adoptions for the event, helping push our fundraising total to a record-breaking $21,961. For comparison, the last time the Regatta was run (in 2019), the total fundraising amount was about $8000.  Proceeds benefit our Rotary Club Foundation and Learn to Read of St. Johns County

“Partnering with students from the Honor Societies of our local high schools was truly genius. Making that connection helped make this year’s Duck Race the huge success that it was,” said Gary Smith, committee chairperson for this year’s regatta.

Club member and St. Johns County Commissioner, Jeremiah Blocker, local school board member, Kelly Barrera, and corporate sponsor, Harrod Law, kicked off the race.

For more information and the video: Rotary Club of Ponte Vedra (


By: Kelly Altosino-Sastre, Ponte Vedra Rotary Club (Nocatee) May 31, 2021

For some reason or another, I never attended RLI or Rotary Leadership Institute. With all my kids playing soccer somewhere in the USA for years and years and other weekend obligations, I couldn’t attend the all-day Saturday sessions. Then COVID happened.

Just like everything else, the RLI classes moved to a ZOOM format. Finally, I could make it work. Sessions were offered at various days and times. I have to admit, I knew a lot of the material and led a lot of the discussion in the sessions, but I learned so much more about Rotary. I also met amazing Rotarians all over the eastern part of the US, Canada and the Islands. It was a very valuable experience and I encourage all Rotarians (new ones and old ones alike) to attend RLI. I am even graduating on June 26 in a ZOOM ceremony as one of the first group of RLI ZOOM graduates. Hey, that sounds like a good excuse for a party.

RLI provides quality education in Rotary knowledge and leadership skills to Rotarians interested in developing their Rotary participation and to those identified by Rotary Clubs as having a potential in club leadership. These educational opportunities will teach skills that will benefit the members in their lives and in their volunteer service. The curriculum is up-to-date, practical, and user-friendly. Classes are generally one hour, but a few are 90 minutes and the content is divided in to three parts: Part 1-The Rotarian (5 sessions), Part 2–The Rotary Club (6 sessions), and Part 3–The Rotary Journey (5 sessions). Each session comes with a study guide and involves discussion-based training.

RLI – Sunshine Division – Building better Rotarians, one session at a time. (



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.

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You can pre-order at your local tag agency throughout the state of Florida.

Ok District 6970 Rotarians, the time for waiting is over and the time to take action is NOW! After working on this project for over seven years we now have an approved Florida Rotary License Plate. The first step is for us to sell 3,000 vouchers across the state and then the State will begin production. Many of you know one of Florida’s most visible Rotarians, George Robertson Burnett. George’s video message will tell you why you need to purchase your voucher now!  This is our opportunity to show the rest of the state that we are the best district. Order your Voucher now by clicking on our website. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions—Jeff Michelman, District Governor Nominee

The Florida Rotary tag design has been approved by Rotary International and by the Florida Highway Patrol to ensure it meets visibility standards.

Are you ready to show off your Rotary pride on your vehicle?

The new tag will help fund Rotary Youth Programs across all Florida Rotary Districts and it is already available for pre-purchase. Click on the link bar below to buy your tag voucher online or visit your local tag agency in-person to purchase it directly through them throughout this state of Florida.

Florida Rotary Specialty Tag – Florida’s Rotary License Plate Pre-Order ( 


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.


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,

The Five Avenues of Service


Club Service

Surf Camp

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

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

Community Service

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

Surf Camp

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.

Rotary International Projects

Visit to learn more about international projects.

Youth Service

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