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Week 17, October 21, 2019

World Polio Day is THIS THURSDAY, October 24.

When you read today’s Minutarian and say “THIS CLOSE TO ENDING POLIO”, hold your fingers like Shad Khan, the owner of the Jaguars, does

Next week, The Minutarian will list some of the great things our Clubs have done to celebrate being “THIS CLOSE TO ENDING POLIO”.  Send me an email with a one-sentence description of what your club has done.  You are part of eliminating the second human disease off the face of the Earth!

We still have a way to go, though.  Nigeria has not had a new case in over three years. But warfare is preventing monitoring in some places, so we can’t declare all of Africa polio-free until we are certain—perhaps in 2020.  That will leave just Afghanistan and Pakistan as polio sources.

If you want to keep helping, we still have tickets for the Jaguars Game December 1.  You can even buy a raffle ticket to sit next to Shad Khan, the owner of the Jaguars, and a Polio spokesperson.  All proceeds go to end polio.

**Don’t let your club forget that District Governor nominations have to be received by November 1—one week from now.

Tickets, nominations…it’s all on the website.

Rotarians Make a Difference!

Mike Darragh
District 6970 Governor




Destruction from Hurricane Dorian in an area called “The Mud” at Marsh Harbour in Great Abaco Island, Bahamas


Situation Report: October 21, 2019


In the aftermath of DORIAN where it is reported that there are over 60 Hurricane-related deaths, nearly 300 persons still unaccounted for and property damage in the $7 billion range. Our District Leadership Team is very thankful for the most generous outpouring-to-date of financial contributions, earmarked for Bahamas Disaster Relief & Recovery, to the York Foundation made by our Northeast Florida Family of Rotarians (See Contribution Graph Below).

We are getting in position to assist local Bahamian Rotary Clubs who are currently performing “needs assessments”, focusing upon both short and long-term disaster recovery projects in the hardest hit areas of the Islands, primarily Abaco and Grand Bahama.

District 6970 contributions will enable these Rotary Clubs to purchase and have delivered certain specialized educational / health and sanitation / nutritional / and other critical equipment & vital supplies to be utilized in recovery & rebuilding process. 

This past week, on behalf of five Rotary Club Presidents, the Assistant District Governor on Grand Bahama Island reached out to Northeast Florida Rotarians for our assistance in accessing the following specific items:  

1. Mobile-Laundry Trailer Unit;
2. Forklift; and,
3. Mobile Trailer (with sides).

If you, your Club or business / professional associates have access to any of the above items, or have a “subject matter expert” in logistics’ or laundry equipment, please immediately contact our District Disaster Committee (US & Caribbean) Co-Chair, Padraic E. “Pat” Mulvihill, at; or, phone / text to 904.534.0035.

Also, see below for specific instructions on “how to make a contribution” and please continue to monitor the District website for POST-DORIAN REBUILDING BAHAMAS UPDATES.

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:

Jaguars Game Day - Dec. 1st.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Game Day Updates

Ticket Raffle

Buy Tickets

Raffle Tickets

It’s Military Appreciation Day. Please consider buying tickets for military families. PDG Cynde will make certain they are properly distributed.

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


District 6970 In Action

District 6970 Day at the Jaguars

We still have tickets available in section 400 for $45. It’s also Military Appreciation Day. Consider buying a ticket for our Military families and children.
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Buy Raffle Tickets

Public Image / Public Relations

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

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Hurricane Season 2019

Preparing for the Hurricane Season
Our hurricane season runs from June through November
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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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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 .