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Aug Sept Flamingo Flyer by Marie Turnbull

Club and District Donate to Youth Crisis Center

Tuesday, August 18, 2020
Jacksonville (#4369)

$50K Check Presented to Support Local Agency

A local non-profit organization — which has been on the front-line of our community’s response to the pandemic — received a grant from the Rotary Club of Jacksonville, matched by a donation from Rotary International District 6970.

The funds are being immediately utilized to:

  • Equip the clients and workforce with Personal Protective Equipment in order to sustain vital service delivery;
  • Purchase computer hardware and software to enable clients to stay connected through a newly-established computer lab; and
  • Set up a state-of-the-art security system for a residential center housing extremely-vulnerable residents.

On hand for the check presentation were District Governor Rich Turnbull and wife/fellow-Rotarian Marie Turnbull, President Gerry Kelley, President-Elect Designee Jim Agee — who played a pivotal role throughout the grant review process — club members, and Youth Crisis Center (YCC) staff, including member Peter Hicks.

The Rotary Club of Jacksonville applied funds — which would have been spent on meeting catering expenses — to this special COVID grant opportunity. Funds were also applied to fulfill the Club’s commitment to the American Red Cross to support their home-fire-safety and prevention program, which would have been met through the recently-cancelled signature event.



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


Vibrant Club Seminar 2020

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.

Important Events

Top 9 List

District Activities to Follow-Quick View

  1. Hurricane Laura Disaster ReliefDonate Now.
  2. Rotary Feeding Heroes event Sept. 19th
  3. DTA, District Training Assembly 2020 videos are now available. Click here to view: DTA Videos
  4. District Awards: The application period for Area of Focus Awards closed June 1, 2020.  Recognitions will be announced soon!. Link here: AWARDS 
  5. INFINITE POSSIBILITIES Women in Rotary sessions from Aug. 28 through Oct. 30, 2020
  6. World Polio Day Webinar, Sept. 21st at 6 PM
  7. District 6970 Rotary Means Business event open to all. Sept. 23rd. Classic Car Museum of St. Augustine, FL.
  8. Fleming Island Rotary Club Bike Ride, October 3rd.
  9. District 6970 Vibrant Club Seminar. Save the date Oct. 24, 2020. Location TBD. Check back often for updates.

Rotary Feeding Heroes

Rotary Feeding Heroes – COVID-19 Health Care Workers at Shands at 11AM on Saturday September 19th



Hurricane Sally Disaster Relief

September 2020

Important Information: Donations to assist in Hurricane Sally relief efforts can be made to the Rotary District 6940 Foundation.
(The District 6940 Foundation is an IRS recognized 501(c)3 organization. Funds donated to our foundation will be used to assist communities impacted by disasters such as Hurricane Sally).
How to Donate: You may donate by Credit Card or PayPal as a Rotarian or through Public Access by selecting one of the links that follow. Once on the site, scroll down and select Donate Now.
Rotarians  Once on the site, scroll down and select Donate Now.
Public Access Once on the site, scroll down and select Donate Now.  You will then complete a registration form which allows you to donate using PayPal, Credit Card, or check.  Just follow the prompts. OR
Donations may also be made by Check. Make checks payable to Rotary District 6940 Foundation. Please write “D6940 Hurricane Disaster Relief” in the memo line.
Mail checks to:
Andy Corbin, District Treasurer
95 Ready Ave
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548
Note: The foundation will issue a written acknowledgement for donations of $250 or more. Donors may request written acknowledgement for donations of any amount.
Contact Information:Jan Pooley, District Governor
Dale Stone, District Disaster Response Coordinator
For Technical Assistance-Linda Nelson 
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!

More great news to share, District 6960 is thrilled to present the second in our Series of INFINITE POSSIBILITIES: Women In Rotary!  as we feature nationally acclaimed speaker, Jenny Stotts, a young, smart, dynamic trail blazer who didn’t let anything stop her from joining Rotary, as she worked at “finding the right fit” in Rotary.  Register below for August 28th and experience Rotary’s bright future with this young professional!

Our Four-Part Membership Series offers you the unique opportunity to hear from some of the most dynamic speakers in Rotary.  The topics focus on Rotary history, celebrations, challenges, vision, encouragement, enthusiasm and motivation to grow your membership!

Register NOW for Infinite Possibilities – Jenny Stotts, 1:00 pm EDT August 28, 2020.

As we bring major Rotary International speakers to the forefront, we have every confidence you will find each one-hour webinar well worth your time and attention.  The following is our series schedule:

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

August 28, 2020 – Rotarian Jenny Stotts, Finding the Right Fit, Hosted by RI Director Peter Kyle and PDG Vanessa Ervin

September 25, 2020 – Past RI Vice President Dean Rohrs, Hosted by Past RI Director John Smarge and Zone 34 ARC Cyndi Doragh

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

Register NOW for Infinite Possibilities – Jenny Stotts, 1:00 pm EDT August 28, 2020.

We will be offering a second, Four-Part Series – INFINITE POSSIBILITIES: Diversity Equity Inclusion, beginning January, 2021, so stay tuned for more exciting news to come your way!
We look forward to seeing you there!
Rotary Opens Opportunities…

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

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


Fleming Island Rotary Bike Ride

For more information visit:

The Rotary Clubs of Fleming Island and Green Cove Springs are bringing you a charity bicycle event designed for both road cyclists and leisure riders. The fundraiser will benefit The Way Clinic, Clay High School College Scholarships, and other charities.

26 & 42 miles Rode Ride
Enjoy a scenic and shaded bike ride which starts by riding through Green Cove Springs and winds through the Bayard Conservation.

Take your pick of two routes: 26 and 42 miles. We’ll provide rest stops stocked with food, water and Gatorade, marked routes, maps, mechanical support, SAGs, Clay County Sheriff motorcycle safety escorts, and a post-ride lunch. Starts at 7:30am and 8:00 am

Family Ride
The Family Fun Ride ( 2.3 miles) start 9:00 am (immediately following the Kit’s Bike Rodeo).

$15/adult and $5/child. Please preregister online!

Riders will turn right out of the Hibernia Baptist Church parking lot onto the Black Creek Trail and will proceed to the trailhead where they will turn around and return to the Church.

Water and Gatorade will be provided at the start and finish. ALL riders must wear helmets. Free helmets with fitting for children without their own helmet.

Kids’ Bike Rodeo
The Health Planning Council of Northeast Florida hosts the Bike Rodeo during this Rotary Fundraising Event. Activities include teaching and promoting bike safety to children. The children will rotate from station to station learning proper helmet fitting, rider safety and cycling education, and ABC bike checks. Following this, they will celebrate what they learned on the fun bike obstacle course.

Children are expected to bring their own bikes and helmets ( if not available they will be provided) to participate in the fun bike safety obstacle course. For ages 4 and up.

Starts at 8:00am followed by the 2.3 mile family ride.

Please preregister online, a $5 donation per child.

ABC Bike Check
Learn the rules of the road and proper hand signals
Proper Helmets fittings
Free helmets with fittings for anyone without a helmet (while supplies last)
Ride on a bike course with other kids
Goodie Bags (while supplies last)
Location: Start and finish at

Hibernia Baptist Church
7100 U.S. 17
Fleming Island, FL 32003

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.


Public Image Hastings Rotary Club

July 1 marked the new fiscal year of Rotary International and all the Rotary clubs around the world. The Rotary Club of Hastings celebrated its 93rd year in the community on Feb. 26, 2020, and welcomed its first female African American president into office with an official pinning ceremony held at beautiful Railroad Park in Hastings. Presiding president Emily Fox pinned Ms. Kimberly Dixon as the incoming co-president of the club and remarked how different the club now looks from that of the club chartered by the St. Augustine Rotary Club back in 1927.

Ms. Dixon was sponsored into the club by the late Gerald Eubanks whose love for the people and town of Hastings was unfailing. Both educators, though a generation apart, they saw for and in Hastings, the potential to bring new opportunities to this close-knit community of such diversity and history. With the many resources of Rotary behind them, the Hastings Club has been the only civic service organization in Hastings since 1989.

Prior to 1987, memberships in Rotary were restricted by gender, not color. It was in May of 1987 when the Supreme Court handed down a decision upholding California’s ban on gender discrimination in private clubs. Sylvia Whitlock became the first woman to be a club president in Rotary, a year after her club’s charter was pulled for admitting her. The Hastings club is an example of how valuable women are to their community: in a single year, six women put in a collective of +750 hours of local service to the Hastings and surrounding community. That’s the power of service with Rotary behind it.

In Hastings, Rotarians can be seen helping at the car show to help raise funds for the Methodist Church, distributing food and clothing to those in need, supporting the COA activities and programs, supporting community events, and fighting to bring educational and economic opportunities to safe, healthy neighborhoods. Last year they also assisted the other St. Johns County clubs in renovating apartments for the Alpha-Omega organization, a project that will continue to assist women, children, and elders for years to come. They actively support the Polio Plus initiative with donations throughout the year and are participants in the global reduction of polio from 350,000 cases in 1979 to 125 in 2019. There is no shortage of ways to serve.

Ms. Dixon’s challenge to the community is, “Who will join us in making Hastings and the world a safer, healthier, working community?” The club can be reached at

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 .