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Week 30, January 19, 2020


Those are the things we do as Rotarians. We CONNECT with each other. We DISCOVER what’s going on in our world. And we have an IMPACT, where there are needs.

Those three words are the themes of our 2020 District Conference at World Golf Village on Friday & Saturday, April 24-25, where you’ll be able to explore all three themes. 

Friday night, we have a speaker from Rotary International, then celebrate with music and food.

Saturday, we learn from some great speakers how to increase our IMPACT.  Here’s one example:  Nina Waters, one of the most respected philanthropic minds in Northeast Florida, will talk to us about “How to Unlock Your Philanthropic Potential”.  (Spoiler alert:  money is just one piece of the picture.) 

We’ll give more details in the next few weeks. 

And don’t miss Saturday night, when we give Awards to top Rotarians and Clubs, and then we party. 

Sign up for everything or just part.  Go to for more details.

I’m taking just a bit more time this week because we lost a great Rotarian at the beginning of this  month:  Past District Governor Bob Shircliff.  He “constantly strived to make life better for those in need”.  Bob had a way with words, and two quotes stand out for Rotarians.  Long ago, he said: “Philanthropy not only changes the life of the recipient, it changes the life of the giver.”

Then three years ago, when he was interviewed about his huge impact on Northeast Florida, he said, with the famous Shircliff grin: “Well, I’ve given far less than anybody thinks, and more than my wife thinks,”

….May we all strive to live a life like Bob.

​Mike Darragh
2019-20 District Governor




Hurricane Dorian Rebuilding-How You Can Assist

January 2020

Long-Term Recovery: Abaco and Grand Bahama Islands

If you have access to construction supplies & tools, logistics, farm & transportation equipment (such as tractors, school vans and buses, etc.) to be utilized by the Leadership Teams of local Rotary Clubs in the Bahamas in order to rebuild and assist in the recovery of certain devastated areas surrounding their Clubs (especially for the rebuilding of homes, orphanages, small farms, local schools and community centers) please immediately contact District 6970 Disaster Committee Co-Chair, Pat Mulvihill, at

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

If you prefer to donate by check, click the “READ MORE” below for additional information.


Important Events:

Conference 2020

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

Map and Other Information




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
How to Create a My Rotary Account
How to Register Guide

District 6970 In Action

Public Image Contest - Win Paul Harris Points!

Do you suffer from a dry, monotonous voice? Do people look right through you–like you blend into the background and can’t get noticed? Do you feel like everything you do seems the same, and has no Zip to it? Well, chances are, your club hasn’t joined the 6970 Public Image contest.
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National POW-MIA Memorial & Museum Groundbreaking Ceremony / PHASE 1 – Cecil Air and Spaceport, Florida Saturday Morning 18 Jan 2020. Rotarians from the North Jacksonville Club prepared and served.
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Rotaract Video

Join the movement!
Want to grow as a leader, advance your career and professional skills – to make a real difference in your community and in the world? What are you waiting for! Join us at:

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. 
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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 .