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I hope you all are ready to finish your Rotary year strong!

A Quiet Hero Indeed!

Congratulations to Area Governor Mary Stutts, from the Rotary Club of Jacksonville-Oceanside. She was awarded the Al Watson Quiet Hero award at the District Conference last month.


This prestigious award is named after the late Al Watson from the Rotary Club of Keystone Heights. Al was a long-time member of the Rotary Club of Keystone Heights until his passing at the age of 94 years of age. Sixty-five of those years he was a Rotarian.

Al’s philosophy is best described by two of his quotes:

“Wealth is like manure. You can leave it in one big pile and it will smell, BUT you can spread it over the ground and beautiful flowers become the focus.”

Advice to newly married after Al and Agnes were married for 68 years: “Marriage is like an Oreo, it really doesn’t matter what happens in the middle as long as love is on both sides.”

Mary exemplifies the qualities we admired in Al and is a very deserving recipient of the award. Mary has not only been a Rotarian since 2010, serving many positions in her club and with the District but has also supported her community in many other ways. These include serving on the Board of Directors for HandsOn Jacksonville, the Neptune Beach Ish Brandt Beautification Committee, and New Heights, which was formerly the Cerebral Palsy of Northeast Florida.

Mary is an involved, committed, and energizing leader in Rotary and in the community. She works quietly, both in and out of the spotlight. She does this work with generosity and joy year after year. And, her calling to serve just continues to grow over time.

Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation stand with the United Nations General Assembly in expressing grave concern at “the ongoing human rights and humanitarian crisis in Ukraine, in particular at the reports of violations and abuses of human rights and violations of international humanitarian law by the Russian Federation.”

As a global humanitarian organization, Rotary takes a proactive stance toward peacemaking by addressing the underlying causes of conflict.

We support recent UN General Assembly resolutions calling for an immediate ceasefire and withdrawal of Russian military forces from Ukraine. This aligns with Rotary’s deep commitment to promoting peace through dialogue and conflict resolution.

We are working beside our partners in the international relief community to help provide resources to the more than 10 million Ukrainian refugees forced to flee the field of battle.

Pic of the Week

Members of PVPV/Rawlings EarlyAct™ Club recently visited St. Augustine Humane Society to present a donation of $2,340!
The EarlyAct™ Club has 120 members in 4th and 5th grades, and their spring service-learning project focused on helping animals in St. Johns County.
Families from the whole school made donations to St. Augustine Humane Society during spring 2022. Pets in St. Johns County are grateful for all of their hard work and generosity!
The students raised awareness throughout the school about helping animals! The EarlyAct™ Club is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Ponte Vedra Beach in Rotary District 6970.

Service Above Self,
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