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Awards Committee

The Awards Committee works closely with the District Governor to develop and administer programs that recognize excellence in Rotary District 6970. Additionally the Awards Committee is a resource for information about District, Zone and Rotary International recognition, including the Rotary Citation.

All Rotary and Rotaract Clubs are encouraged to attain the Rotary Citation.

Learn more about the Rotary Citation here:


  Dean Scott
District 6970

What’s New for 2020-2021?

The Mingo Award! Play Mingo Bingo as you participate in Rotary activities and turn in your completed Mingo Bingo scorecard to earn prizes! More information on the Mingo Award can be found here: MINGO BINGO

2019-2020 Awards Recap:
The Awards Committee for 2019-2020 is pleased to announce the following clubs earned Area of Focus Awards for exemplary programs, projects and activities. Banners were presented at the Vibrant Club Seminar on virtually on October 24, 2020. The full presentation can be viewed here Area of Focus Awards 2019-2020


Rotary International recognized the following District 6970 Rotarians:
Past District Governor Ken Baker earned the Distinguished Service Award from The Rotary Foundation.
Past District Governor Marshall Butler earned the Citation for Meritorious Service from The Rotary Foundation.
Ed Lacey earned the Service Above Self Award from Rotary International.

Congratulations to these fine Rotarians!

District 6970 recognized the following Rotarians:
Nonie Larson received the Brent Williams Spirit of Rotary Award.
Karen Weiss received the Al Watson Award.

Thank you Nonie and Karen for being great Rotarians!


Rotary International Service Above Self Award

Brent Williams Spirit of Rotary Award

Al Watson Memorial Award


2018 – 2019 District 6970 Award Recipients

2016 – 2017 District 6970 Award Recipients

2015 – 2016 District 6970 Award Recipients

Honorees from District 6970

Rotary International’s Service Above Self Award is the highest honor for an individual Rotarian.

This award recognizes Rotarians who have demonstrated exemplary humanitarian service, especially those who have helped others through personal volunteer work and active involvement in Rotary.

2019-20     Ed Lacey Deland
2018-19     Padraic (Pat) E. Mulvihill North Jacksonville
2016-17     Norberto Benitez Arlington
2015-16     William ‘Bill’ Griffin Daytona Beach West
2014-15     Dr. Randall B. Caton Gainesville
2013-14     David T. Slick Ormond Beach
2012-13     Joel Ray Moore North Jacksonville
2012-13     Claudio Spiguel (D4560) Gainesville
2011-12     James Burt Jacksonville
2010-11     Willette Shaeffer-Crabtree Arlington
2009-10     Shirley Browder Daytona Beach West
2006-07     Richard Allen Gainesville
2006-07     Andrea Thorpe, M.D. Daytona Beach West
2005-06     Edsel Redden Palatka Sunrise
2005-06     Ben Campen Gainesville
2004-05     H. Robert Overly, III West Jacksonville
2003-04     Peter Fontana St. Augustine Sunrise
2002-03     Albert Toole Jacksonville
2002-03     Charles ‘Cholly’ M. Capps(D6990) New Smyrna Beach
1998-99     William Schnieder New Smyrna Beach
1995-96     Hugh H. Jones, Jr. Southeast Jacksonville
1994-95     Roger M. Hehn Jacksonville
1993-94     E. T. York, Jr Gainesville


2019 –  2020 |   Nonie Larson, RC of Fleming Island
2018 – 2019  |   Kelly Altosino-Sastre, RC of Ponte Vedra
2017 – 2018  |   Jeff Hart, RC of Ponte Vedra Beach Sunset
2016 – 2017  |   Rich Turnbull, RC of St. Augustine Beach
2015 – 2016  |   Ben Campen, RC of Gainesville


2019 – 2020    |  Karen Weiss, RC of Deland
2017 – 2018    |  Howard Kelley, RC of Jacksonville
2016 – 2017    |  Bruce Barber, RC of Ponte Vedra Beach
2010 – 2011    |  William “Bill” Gay, RC of West Jacksonville
2009 – 2010    |  Elwood Titcomb, RC Deland
2008 – 2009    |  Al Watson, RC of Keystone Heights

2018 – 2019

The following awards were announced for 2018-2019


Membership Innovation Jenni VanHart RC of Gainesville
Membership Retention Scott Kornegay RC of Keystone Heights
Local Service Projects   ROTORACT Club of Gainesville
International Service Projects   RC of Daytona Beach West
Public Image Vickie Cavey RC of Ponte Vedra Beach
Rotoract Rising Star Nicole Hamm JAX Beaches Rotaract
Rising Star Ed Dalton RC of Ponte Vedra Beach

2017 – 2018

The following awards were announced for 2017-2018


PLATNIUM                  PREMIER

Jacksonville Oceanside                  Orange Park Sunset
Ponte Vedra Beach (morning)
Ponte Vedra Beach Sunset

2016 – 2017

The following awards were announced at the 2016-2017 District 6970 Conference in Atlanta on June 9 held in conjunction with the Rotary International Convention.

Rotary International Significant Achievement Award for a Club

Rotary Club of Green Cove Springs
  • Jacksonville Oceanside
  • Orange Park
  • Ponte Vedra Beach
  • DeLand
  • Flagler County
  • Jacksonville
  • Palatka Sunrise
  • South Jacksonville
  • West Jacksonville
  • Coastal St. Johns County
  • Edgewater
  • New Smyrna Beach
  • Orange Park Sunrise
  • Ponte Vedra Beach Sunset
  ZONE 34 – ROTARACT   ZONE 34 – INTERACT   Zone 34 Public Image Citation
  • Downtown Jacksonville
  • Florida’s First Coast
  • Jacksonville’s Beaches
  • SJRSC- Orange Park Campus
  • Stetson University
  • University of North Florida
  • DeLand High School
  • Flagler Palm Coast High School
  • Fletcher High School
  • Mandarin High School
  • Matanzas High School
  • Nease High School
  • New Smyrna Beach High School
  • Ridgeview High School
  • River City Science Academy
  • St. Augustine High School
  • St. Barnabas Middle School
  • Union County High School
  •  Amelia Island Sunrise
  • Coastal St. Johns County
  • Deland
  • Jacksonville
  • Edgewater
  • Fernandina Beach
  • Jacksonville Oceanside
  • New Smyrna Beach
  • Orange Park
  • Palatka Sunrise
  • Ponte Vedra Beach
  • Ponte Vedra Beach Sunset
  • West Jacksonville

2015 – 2016

The following awards were presented during the District’s annual conference at Flagler College, St. Augustine on May 15, 2016.



Platinum Premier Club Award RI GOLD Presidential Citation
Jacksonville Oceanside Bartram Trial – Jacksonville
Orange Park Daytona Beach
Ponte Vedra Beach Daytona Beach West
  Deerwood – Jacksonville
Premier Club Award Deland
Deerwood Downtown Gainesville
Deland Breakfast Edgewater
Fernandina Beach Fernandina Beach
Flagler Beach Flagler Beach
New Smyrna Beach Jacksonville
Ocala Sunset Jacksonville Oceanside
Orange Park Sunrise New Smyrna Beach
Palatka Sunrise Ocala Sunset
Port Orange/South Daytona Orange Park
South Jacksonville Orange Park Sunset
West Jacksonville Palatka Sunrise
  Ponte Vedra Beach
Large Club 100% Membership Retention Port Orange/South Daytona
Deerwood South Jacksonville
Jacksonville Oceanside St. Augustine
  West Jacksonville
Small Club Membership Growth  
1st Bartram Trail @c47.06% RI BRONZE Presidential Citation
2nd Place Orange Park Sunset @ 30.77% Debary-Deltona-Orange City
3rd Ocala Sunset @ 22.86% Deland Breakfast
  Orange Park Sunrise
Large Club Membership Growth  
1st  Ponte Vedra Beach @ 15.53% RI Significant Achievement Award
2nd South Jacksonville @ 12.64% Rotary Club of Keystone Heights
3rd Fernandina Beach @ 10.71%  
  Zone 34 Public Image Citation
Small Club Net Growth Amelia Island Sunrise
1st + 8 net members Deland
Bartram Trail Downtown Gainesville
New Smyrna Beach Fernandina Beach
Ocala Sunset Gainesville
2nd + 5 net members Jacksonville Oceanside
Flagler Beach New Smyrna Beach
3rd + 4 net members Palatka Sunrise
Daytona Beach West Ponte Vedra Beach
Downtown Deland  
Downtown Gainesville Zone 34 Rotary Has a Heart
Edgewater 1st – New Smyrna Beach
Ocala 2nd Ponte Vedra Beach
Orange Park Sunset  
Large Club Net Growth ROTARACT CLUBS
1st + 16 net members RI Presidential Citation Rotaract Club
Ponte Vedra Beach Beaches Rotaract
2nd + 11 net members Downtown Jacksonville Rotaract
South Jacksonville First Coast Rotaract
3rd + 9 net members Gainesville Rotaract
St. Augustine St. Johns River State College – Orange Park Campus
Daytona Beach University of Florida Rotaract
  University of North Florida
  Zone 34 Rotaract Award
  Downtown Jacksonville
  First Coast
  St. Johns State College – Orange Park Campus
  University of Florida
  University of North Florida
  RI Presidential Citation Interact Club
  Fletcher High School
  Fletcher Middle School
  Fernandina Beach High School
  Gainesville High School
  Mainland High School
  Matanzas High School
  Ridgeview High School
  Spruce Creek High School
  St. Augustine High School
  St. Johns Country day School
  St. Joseph Academy
  Zone 34 Interact Award
  Fernandina Beach High School
  Fletcher Middle School
  Fletcher High School
  Gainesville High School
  St. Augustine High School
  St. Augustine High School
  St. Johns Country School