January 28, 2024 | Issue 30

The Al Watson Memorial

"Quiet Hero"


The Brent Williams Memorial

"Spirit of Rotary" Awards

District 6970 has established awards named for two distinguished and historic Rotarians from our membership. Each year at this time District 6970 Rotarians have the opportunity to recognize a Rotarian that exemplifies the legacies of Al Watson and PDG Brent Williams.

The Al Watson award recognizes one outstanding Rotarian within District 6970 who has lived their life by the same principles as Al Watson. The award recognizes a Rotarian who for at least ten years in Rotary has worked quietly and out of the spotlight … Someone who helps build community… Someone who does this work with joy, year after year. This award recognizes primarily community service, not necessarily Rotary specific.

Al was a long-time member of the Rotary Club of Keystone Heights until his passing at the age of 94 years of age. Sixty-five of those years he was a Rotarian. Al and his wife Agnes were successful in the grocery business largely due to a combination of hard work, common sense and an engaging personality.

Both he and Agnes worked tirelessly and donated significantly, with little or no fanfare, in order to help open the doors of opportunity to community youth through access to education, to improve the quality of care for others, and to increase the impact of Al’s beloved Rotary Foundation.

The Brent Williams award recognizes one outstanding Rotarian within District 6970 who has demonstrated extraordinary service and leadership in Rotary for at least ten years in at least two of Rotary’s Avenues of Service.

Brent’s passion for Rotary began in 1989 when he joined the Rotary Club of Gainesville, where he served as 2002-2003 President. He rose through the ranks of Rotary leadership by holding numerous leadership positions at the District, Zone and Rotary International (RI) levels.

In 2006-07 Brent served as Rotary District 6970 Governor, as Zone 34 Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator from 2010-13, and as a member of the Fund Development Committee for The Rotary Foundation Trustees.

In 2013, Brent was diagnosed with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), a progressive neuro-degenerative disease that affects the brain and spinal cord. However, he continued his devoted service to Rotary until he was too ill to do so. Although Brent passed away in 2016, he learned beforehand that the D. Brent Williams Spirit of Rotary Award would be created to honor his legacy to Rotary, and to honor Rotarians in District 6970 that exemplified his passion, commitment and service.

Please give careful consideration to nominating a fellow Rotarian to not only thank them for their service but also to honor and remember these two special individuals and their service to Rotary.

Previous recipients are listed on the District Awards Page.

If awarded, the recipients will be recognized at District Conference in May.


John Tabor | District Governor 2023-2024

Rotary District 6970

John Tabor

District Governor


February 24, 2024

District Grants Summit I

Via Zoom

March 1 - 3, 2024

President Elect Training Seminar - PETS 2

DoubleTree Seaworld,


March 5, 2024

District Grants Summit I

Via Zoom

April 20, 2024

Rotary Learning Institute

Daytona State College,

Palm Coast

May 3 - 4, 2024

District Conference

University Center

UNF, Jacksonville

Al and Aggie Watson

RC Keystone Heights

Nomination Page:

Brent and Naomi Williams

RC Gainesville

Nomination Page:

District Membership Summit Recap

Over 50 Rotarians gathered Saturday at Daytona State College in Palm Coast for the 2024 District Membership Summit.

District Membership Chair Katherine Batenhorst kept everyone on task and on time.

AG1 Serena Fisher and PDG Bill Griffin, from RC Daytona Beach West, presented an excellent plan for "Recharging Your Club."

Zone Rep, PDG Mike Darragh presented "All About MAP (Membership Action Plan)

Former Rotaractors, now Rotarians Danielle Fisher and Eustachius Roberts spoke on "Collaboration for Rotary and Rotaract."

Joanne Campbell, Oceanside Satellite Chair, Charles Miller, RC SEV Golf and District ICA Chair Mary Stutts discussed Satellite, Companion and Cause-Based Club formats.

A good time of fellowship, learning and collaboration was had by all.

District Foundation Chair, PDG Rich Turnbull was on hand to present PDG Bill Griffin with his Major Donor 2 recognition.

Thank you Bill for your dedication and service to the Rotary Foundation!

Rotary Direct Makes Giving Easy

Last year, our Foundation raised over US $427 million and funded more than 1,100 global grants, 470 district grants, and 310 disaster response grants to help communities thrive.

Rotary Direct is one of the easiest and most secure ways for our donors to support the Foundation: because contributions are automated, donors don't need to worry about sending checks or remembering to make an annual contribution on time. 

Rotary Direct saves time and reduces administrative costs. Monthly, quarterly, and annual gift options are available. Members can enroll at the Rotary Direct page, return a completed Rotary Direct enrollment form, or enroll by phone by calling the international office that serves their area or +1-866-976-8279 if in the U.S.

RC Bartram Trail Pub Crawl

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The Rotary Club of Bartram Trail-Julington Creek is thrilled to announce our much-anticipated annual event - the Bartram Trail Rotary Pub Crawl!

This year's event is set for March 23rd, 2024, in the lively area of Bartram Walk.

Since its debut in 2009, our Pub Crawl has become a fun tradition, uniting people for a cause that goes beyond just having a good time. It’s a unique opportunity to mingle, enjoy the vibrant local spots, and most importantly, support a great cause. Although we had to pause during the pandemic, our commitment to making a difference has only grown stronger.

For more info, e-mail

Meet your District Leadership

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Teresa Harrington

District Treasurer

RC Orange Park

Rotarian 28 Years

37th Annual Taste of Amelia - March 9


You are invited to attend the 37th Taste of Amelia, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Fernandina Beach.

Taste of Amelia will showcase culinary treats from a variety of restaurants in Fernandina Beach. Enjoy a “tasting bite” from 20+ locations in Historic Downtown Fernandina Beach and celebrate with music and beverages in Pocket Park. All proceeds benefit the Rotary Club of Fernandina Beach Scholarship Fund and community service projects supporting education.

Event details forthcoming. Follow RC Fernandina Beach

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