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Minutarian Week 5, August 2, 2021

Well folks, here we are in August already. One month down and 11 to go. We got this!

August is an exciting month for many reasons but for me the most exciting part of August is that it is membership month! That’s right a time for us to celebrate membership and what it means to vitality of our Rotary clubs.

Below are a few of our awesome District and Zone membership support team that are very willing and able to help each of your clubs achieve their membership goals.

Katherine Batenhorst – District Membership Committee Chair
Email:     Phone:  904-501-1229

Bill Griffin – District Innovative Club Advocate (ICA)
Email:    Phone:  386-852-5748

A relatively new position, The Innovative Club Advocate helps the district grow through development of new clubs of all kinds: traditional clubs that meet weekly, those that meet twice per month and do service projects the other two weeks, satellite clubs, cause-based clubs, happy hour clubs and anything else that can be thought up. Creativity is key to this position.

Year 1 Area Governors (AG1’s)
These Rotarians are in your areas and work closely with our DG core and Membership Committee to assist you.

Mike Darragh – Zone 34 Rotary Coordinator
Email:      Phone:  904-412-1478

Each One Bring One

As part of membership month, I would like all of us to embrace Rotary International President Shekhar Mehta’s initiative “Each One, Bring One.” This calls for each of us a Rotarians to bring a non-Rotarian to a Rotary event. This does not have to be a traditional club meeting, it can be a service project, social gathering or other event. The idea is that if we simply exposure more people to Rotary, we will not only gain new members, we will gain support for and increase the awareness of the Rotary brand.

For other great ways to celebrate Membership Month, check out this link to

Here are my upcoming club visits.

Port Orange South Daytona 8/3 12:00 p.m. Riverside Pavillion
West Jacksonville 8/4 12:00 p.m. Timuquana Country Club
New Smyrna Beach 8/10 12:00 p.m. Sugarmill Country Club
Northeast Florida 8/10 6:00 p.m. Sweet Sensations
Bartram Trail Julington Creek 8/12 7:15 a.m. Fruit Cove Baptist Church
Mandarain 8/17 7:30 a.m. Ramada Inn I-295@SR 13

Picture of the Week!

Thanks to Club Presidents John Sullivan and Vincent Lyon, volunteers from The Rotary Clubs of Palm Coast and Flagler County and a handful of Interactors, we now have clean streets and not mean streets here in Palm Coast.

Service Above Self,

Past Weeks

Minutarian Week 4, July 26, 2021

Good morning and welcome to another wonderful Rotary week sure to be full of fun, fellowship, and opportunities to serve others. Florida Rotary...

Minutarian Week 3: July 19, 2021

Welcome to week three of our Rotary year! I’m excited about this week because I get to start doing my official club visits which is, of course, the...

Minutarian Week 2: July 12, 2021

And, we’ve made it into week two of our Rotary year, congratulations to all. As a district, we had the good fortune to for the most part, dodge any...

Minutarian Week 1, July 3, 2021

Drop the mic and step away! Congratulations to Rich and Marie Turnbull, our fantastic AGs and our NOW Immediate Past Presidents and the entire...

DG Coop's Minutarian, Week 1, July 3, 2021

Week 1, July 3, 2021

Drop the mic and step away!
Congratulations to Rich and Marie Turnbull, our fantastic AGs and our NOW Immediate Past Presidents and the entire District leadership team for an amazing job guiding us through unprecedented times!  I cannot express how proud I am to have served with all of you.  My promise to you is that I will do all that I can to preserve the great work and progress you have made to advance our clubs and district over this past year.
We have the very good fortune to welcome our newest club to the district.  Please join me in welcoming The Rotary Club of St. Augustine Sunset!   Special thanks to PDGs Rich Turnbull and Russ Miller for seeing this through to the end.  We are a better district with our newest club.
Rotarians, we have a great lineup for the new year.  We have a great team of Presidents Area Governors and an amazing Lt. Governor in Carolyn Mudgette.   In addition we have assembled crack teams to help our clubs make the most out their Rotary year in the areas of Membership, Foundation, increasing our Public Image, youth programs and many more.  District 6970, we have the tools and talent to make this year the best Rotary year yet.
Looking forward to an exciting year of getting back together.  Here are just a few of the opportunities coming up:

  • We are back to Rotary Leadership Institute in person.   Next Institute will be held at the Palm Coast Campus of Daytona State College on August 28th.
  • We’ll be having a Vibrant Club Seminar coupled with a district conference on November 5th and 6th at World Golf Village
  • All of our PE’s can look forward to a being back in person at PETS in Orlando in March of 2022.
  • We are planning a District Assembly and Conference in early April.
  • We will be in Houston in June for the first in person International Convention in 3 years.

I hope everyone has a happy and safe Fourth of July weekend surrounded by friends and family, and for those that are especially luck, maybe even a few other Rotarians.   Please remember as we enjoy ourselves over the weekend, we are celebrating our freedom, there very thing that allows us to be Rotarians and serve others as we choose.   Please keep in your minds and hearts those that have sacrificed and those that continue to sacrifice so that we can continue to be Rotarians, free to serve others.

Service Above Self,

DG Rich's Introductory Letter - July 2020
The Flamingo Flyer - - July/August 2020 (PDF)
The Flamingo Flyer - - August/September 2020 (PDF)
The Flamingo Flyer - - September/October 2020 (PDF)
The Flamingo Flyer - - October/November 2020 (PDF)
The Flamingo Flyer - - October/November 2020 (PDF)
The Flamingo Flyer - - October/November 2020 (PDF)
The Flamingo Flyer - - January / February 2021 (PDF)
The Flamingo Flyer - - March 2021 (PDF)
The Flamingo Flyer - - April 2021 (PDF)