October 22, 2023 | Issue 17

One Day. One Focus: Ending Polio

On October 24, each year Rotarians worldwide recognize World Polio Day.

It is a time for Rotary members, public health advocates, and all who want a world free of Polio to come together, recognize our progress in the fight, and talk about the actions we need to take in order to end Polio for good.

Rotary and its partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative have made great strides to reduce polio cases by 99.9% worldwide over the past 35 years, and we’ve reduced the circulation of wild polio to Pakistan and Afghanistan.

However, the job is not finished. Each year we recommit to end polio for good to ensure that this paralyzing disease does not return to polio-free countries, putting children everywhere at risk.

From encouraging vaccine acceptance, to sharing factual vaccination information, to calling on elected officials to fund polio eradication, there are so many ways in which we can each support polio eradication efforts. We must all do our part to prevent polio outbreaks in our own communities and continue the march toward global eradication.

We have an opportunity to make history by ending polio, which will be only the second human disease ever to be eradicated, and the time for action is now--visit to learn more about how you can get involved. 


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

Rotary Magazine Feature

The Value of Vigilance

Tenacious surveillance a key to progress in the eradication of polio

By Diana Schoberg -

Several African countries are considered at high risk for a polio outbreak. But for many years, Malawi wasn’t one of them...

rm-oct23-polio image

Meet your District Leadership

M800363688 image

Marie Turnbull

End Polio Now Chair

RC St. Augustine Beach

Immediate Past President

Rotarian 13 Years

Attention Club Public Image Chairs


Facilitation Techniques RLI Grad Course

ONLY 2 Seats Remaining!

The Rotary Leadership Institute Facilitation Techniques graduate training course will be offered on December 2 at the Holiday Inn & Suites, Orange Park.

This course is the requisite training course to become certified as an RLI Facilitator. Enrollment is limited to 8 and the course will be facilitated by PDG Jeanette Loftus.

For more information, contact Bo Norton, D6970 RLI Chair, at: [email protected]

Register on DacDB

Ocala Multi-Club Recruitment Social

Nov-social-2023 image

Thursday, November 9, 2023 6:00 – 7:00 PM

Bank Street Patio Bar & Grill 120 E. Fort King St. Ocala, FL 34471

Join members from 4 local clubs to mingle and learn what Rotary has to offer.

Each club will share their meeting information, service projects, fund-raisers and focus causes.

Beverages and light hors d’oeuvres will be served. There will also be a cash bar.

Anyone interested in learning more and prospective members are welcome!

Representatives will be there from the Ocala Rotary Club, the Silver Springs Rotary Club, the Metropolitan Ocala Club, and the Ocala Sunset Rotary Club.

For more information email [email protected] or text 352-209-7045.

Events Around our District

Oct 27 Lobster Fest-to-Go

Oct 30 Murder Mystery Party

Nov 11  Cornhole Tournament

Nov 11 Pirates on the Edge

Nov 11 Chili Cook-Off

Nov 18  Ride to End Polio

Nov 18 Craft Beer Festival

Nov 20 Journey into Cambodia

Share your clubs news and events!

Bookmark the District 6970 website and

follow the district's Facebook page. 

Facebook  Web