July 16, 2023 | Issue 3

Rotarians Address Mental Health Issues Head On

One of RI President Gordon McInally’s key initiatives this year is to raise awareness of the mental health challenges many are facing in an increasingly complex world.

President Gordon speaks powerfully from personal experience and his passion for the issue stems from how mental illness has affected his family and his life.

Read Anne Stein's articles at

President Anita O’Donnell, RC St. Augustine Sunrise, has taken action to start a District 6970 Chapter of the Rotary Action Group on Mental Health. Anita’s vision is to partner with clinicians, schools, pediatricians and others to the break the stigma of mental health by raising awareness and increasing the capacity of services in Northeast Florida.

Anita is available to speak to your club and to share more information, and are welcoming members to the group.

Email her at:


John Tabor | District Governor 2023-2024

Rotary District 6970

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John Tabor

District Governor


August 12, 2023

RLI – Orange Park

August 26, 2023

Vibrant Club Seminar

January 27, 2024

Membership Summit

May 3-4, 2024

District Conference

Rotary Leadership Institute

Saturday, August 12, 2023

Orange Park

All Rotarians are welcome! At RLI you will share discussions with newer members starting their Rotary journey as well as members of many years looking to expand their Rotary knowledge. You will learn different perspectives of Rotarians from many clubs. And you will have time for networking with those same Rotarians.

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Meet your District Team 

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Patti Chapman

District 6970 Executive Secretary

Patti serves as Executive Secretary of District 6970 and the York Foundation 501c(3). She is the Financial and Administrative Manager and only employee of the District. She has served with distinction in that role for 17 years. Additionally, she serves as Club Administrator for RC South Jacksonville (28 years) and RC West Jacksonville (15 years).

Many of you know Patti from answering questions and solving problems related to Dues invoicing, expense reimbursement, paying the District’s bills, and negotiating the DacDB Calendar and Registration systems.

She is well known as the glue that keeps this band of volunteers together.

Thank You Patti, for your dedicated service to District 6970.

American Cancer Society check presentation

Rotary Orange Park Sunrise presented a check for $26,500 to the American Cancer Society from their annual Tennis4Cancer event.

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