November 26, 2023 | Issue 22

Foundation Month

Programs of Scale

As we get closer to a Polio-free world, many Rotarians ask, "What's next?" and naturally wonder where the emphasis and effort will turn.

Rotary is firmly committed to the eradication of Polio as Job One, however a glimpse of the future may be the Program of Scale initiative launched in 2020.

The Rotary Foundation created Programs of Scale to support Rotary member-led, evidence-based programs that have already demonstrated success. The underlying concept is that scaling proven programs will benefit more people and foster policy development and sustainable programs.

The grants for these programs go well beyond the scale of the classic Global Grant and are capped at USD$2 million.

To date, three grants have been awarded:


Partners for a Malaria-Free Zambia, a malaria elimination program that aims to reduce cases of malaria – especially severe malaria and death, particularly for pregnant women and children under 5 – in ten target districts in two provinces in Zambia.

Reaching 1.2 million people, this program directly contributes to the nation-wide strategy put forth by the Zambian National Malaria Elimination Centre (NMEC). 


The Together for Healthy Families in Nigeria, fostering the health of mothers and newborns, program is working to reduce maternal and neo-natal mortality rate by improving health seeking behavior and quality care for pregnant women, mothers, and newborns in Nigeria.

A 2020-21 Programs of Scale honorable mention, the partnership between Rotary Districts 1860 (Germany) and 9110, 9125, 9141, 9142 (Nigeria), the Rotary Action Group for Maternal and Child Health (RMCH), the federal and state ministries of health, and two professional medical associations are working to provide education and training for quality care, knowledge of healthy timing and spacing of pregnancies, and full adoption of the national system for death surveillance and response.


United to End Cervical Cancer in Egypt is a Rotary member- led program that aims to ultimately reduce the number of cervical cancer cases in the greater Cairo region by implementing a four-year campaign to increase awareness about cervical cancer and how to prevent it.

The implementation experience and data collected through this program will inform an evidence-based national strategy by the Egyptian government toward eliminating cervical cancer, considered one of the most preventable cancers.

For the third grant application cycle, The Foundation received over 38 concept notes from over 30 countries or territories representing more than 200 Rotary and Rotaract clubs and Rotary districts.

All of these projects represent efforts initiated by Rotarians, leveraging regional and RI resources. The scale and potential impact is significantly enhanced by the development of key partnerships in the affected regions.

To learn more:


John Tabor | District Governor 2023-2024

Rotary District 6970

John Tabor

District Governor


January 13, 2024

RLI - Deland

January 27, 2024

Membership Summit

Daytona State College - Palm Coast

March 1 - 3, 2024

President Elect Training Seminar - PETS 2

DoubleTree Seaworld,


May 3 - 4, 2024

District Conference

University Center

UNF, Jacksonville

Howard "Bo" Norton Will Serve As District Governor, 2026-27

Bo Norton

District Governor Nominee Designate

The District Nominating Committee, chaired this year by PDG Mike Darragh, has chosen Howard (Bo) Norton, RC Orange Park to serve as District Governor for the 2026-2027 Rotary year.

Bo Norton joined the Rotary Club of Orange Park Sunrise in 2016 where he served as Sergeant-at-Arms and Treasurer.  He later transferred to the Rotary Club of Orange Park where he served as Foundation Chair, Secretary and President (2022-23).   During this time, Bo became a RLI Discussion Leader, served as Faculty Chair and was appointed RLI Chair for District 6970 in July 2023.  He is a Paul Harris Fellow and a member of the Paul Harris Society.

Prior to moving to Florida, Bo served for 27 years with the US Navy flying P-3s where he had several aviation commands in addition to various staff tours.  After retiring from the Navy, he helped start several small businesses before becoming a senior executive in the satellite services industry.

In addition to his Rotary involvement, Bo has chaired the Citizens Advisory Committee for the NE Florida Regional Transportation Planning Organization and the Clay County Quadrennial Charter Review Commission while continuing to serve on the Clay County Planning Commission. He was involved with the Boy Scouts of America where he served as a Troop Scoutmaster and Eagle Scout Advisor. 

Bo holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Marquette University, a MBA from Roosevelt University and a MA from the Naval War College.  He and his wife Colette reside in Orange Park and are blessed with two sons and three grandchildren.

Meet your District Leadership

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Gerry Kelley

Assistant Governor - Area 6

(Jacksonville, West Jax, South Jax, Riverside, San Marco, Baker County, First Coast Rotaract, Downtown Jax Rotaract)

RC Jacksonville

Past President

Rotarian 14 Years

Gerry is the President of Design Containers, Inc., a small manufacturing company located in Jacksonville. The company produces specialty products for the Built Up Roofing Asphalt Industry.

Gerry is an active member of the community. He has been a member of St. John's Cathedral since 1992 and has contributed by teaching Education for Ministry. Additionally, Gerry has been a dedicated member of the Rotary Cub of Jacksonville since 2009. His commitment and leadership skills led him to serve as President during the 2020-21 Rotary year.

He has been happily married to Nancy Louise Vickers for over thirty years and together they have four children; Patrick, Sam, Rob and Tom. Gerry holds a BS degree in Engineering from the United States Military Academy. He also earned an Associates degree in Business Computer Programming from Trident College in South Carolina and a law degree from the University of South Carolina.

Gerry's life is marked by a strong commitment to both his family and his community.

Rotary in the Rose Parade for 44 years!

Rotary has been represented in the Rose Parade continuously since 1980. The Float is funded by generous donations from Rotarians, and volunteers will donate more than 7,200 hours in preparing decorations and applying them to the Float.

RI President Gordon McInally and his wife Heather will be riders on the Float this year.

For more info, visit the Rotary Rose Parade Committee website:

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Registration is now open for Rotary Leadership (aka Learning) Institute in Deland.

Sessions will be held for Parts 1, 2 and 3 as well as Graduate courses in Facilitation Techniques and Transforming Your Club.


Daytona State College

155 County Rd 4139

DeLand, FL 32724

Classes are from 8:00AM - 3:30AM (Lunch included)

Registration and Breakfast at 7:00AM


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