August 6, 2023 | Issue 6

Membership and New Club Development

On the Rotary calendar, August is Membership and New Club Development month. It probably goes without saying that Rotary Clubs are the members. Without engaged People of Action, clubs are incapable of making any positive impact in our communities. Seems obvious, right? However, we continue on with our club routines and traditions year after year, and it seems like "all of sudden" membership is down, less volunteers are engaged in activities, members come to meetings less frequently and then sadly, the viability of the club is in doubt.

We were fortunate that membership grew District-wide last year. But unfortunate that two clubs made the difficult decision to surrender their charters and disband.

The continuous care and development of our clubs is not just the responsibility of the President or members of the Board of Directors. This takes all of us, to be objective, critical when necessary, and always mindful of our club's image and impact. The challenges and opportunities are different for every club and the number of factors that determine club vitality is vast.

There are many District and RI resources available to educate, inform and inspire you. Whether you're interested in ideas to energize your club or to investigate increasing your community impact by forming a new club; traditional, impact, satellite or Rotaract.

Your District Membership Team stands ready to assist. There are resources and ideas in the Learning Center and the current issue of Rotary Magazine is dedicated to Membership development.

Upcoming District events are a great place to exchange ideas and best practices. I hope to see many of you at the upcoming Vibrant Club Seminar in Orange Park.


John Tabor | District Governor 2023-2024

Rotary District 6970

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

Watch the Jags in style

Jaguars fans, we have a unique opportunity to see the Dolphins and Jaguars in Pre-season on Saturday August 26th at 7:00 pm at Everbank Stadium.

Deadline is August 9th.

District 6970 has obtained a Spa Cabana which includes 50 seats, Spa access, relaxing lounge furniture, fans, & TVs. This is a rare opportunity as the Spa Cabanas are sold out for the season. The cost is $5,000, Cabana admission only, or $9,500 for a complete Food and Beverage Package including Beer, Wine, Water & Sodas. Payment should be made to the District 6970 York Foundation.  This is a great opportunity to get a bunch of friends together or sponsor a business event.

This opportunity will not last long and will go to the first person/club who contacts Jaguars/Polio Chair Jeff Michelman (904-536-6242).

Jaguars / End Polio Now Partnership

For the upcoming NFL season, the Jaguars have made available 1000 tickets to District 6970 spread over 4 games:

vs. Texans September 24

vs. Colts October 15

vs. Titans November 19

vs. Panthers December 31

Upper Bowl seats are $50

Lower Bowl seats are $60 (very limited quantities)

Clubs should designate a Jaguars Chair and submit contact info to:

PDG Jeff Michelman, District Jaguars/End Polio Now Chair


Information regarding ticket purchasing will be shared with each Club Jaguars Chair who will then submit ticket orders for each game on behalf of their members.

All ticket applications for regular season games must be submitted by Club Presidents or by a designated Club Jaguars Chair.

Meet your District Membership Team

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Katherine Batenhorst

District Membership Chair

RC St. Augustine

Past President

Rotarian 18 Years

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Mary Stutts

Innovative Club Advocate

RC Jacksonville-Oceanside

Past President

Rotarian 13 Years

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Vibrant Club Seminar

Registration is open for the Vibrant Club Seminar, August 26 at Thrasher-Horne Conference Center in Orange Park. Breakout sessions will focus on Membership Development, Foundation Grants, Public Image, Youth Services, and other District Opportunities. Breakfast and Lunch from Mission BBQ is included.

District Foundation and Membership Awards, Rotary Citations and the winners of the

Angel's Envy Membership Challenge will be announced!

Keynote Speaker

Chris Casella

District Governor - District 6950

RC Wesley Chapel, FL

Keynote Speaker

George Robertson Burnett

PDG District 6890

RC Bartow, FL

Info & Registration 

District Governor 2026 - 2027 Nominations

Nominations are now being accepted for the District Governor who will serve in the 2026-2027 Rotary year. Please encourage individuals who have served their clubs and communities with distinction to expand their service and share their passion and commitment with the District.

Clubs should take formal action to endorse any nomination.

Serving as District Governor is a significant honor and privilege as well as a unique opportunity for service.

Please contact any member of the current District Governor Corps or any Past District Governor to better understand the opportunity.

Specific questions related to the process can be answered by PDG Mike Darragh, Nominating Committee Chair.

Nomination Portal

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