February 4, 2024 | Issue 31

Peace Building and Conflict Prevention

The Rotary Theme for February is Peace Building and Conflict Prevention.

From Rotary.Org -

"Today, over 70 million people are displaced as a result of conflict, violence, persecution, and human rights violations. Half of them are children.

We refuse to accept conflict as a way of life. Rotary projects provide training that fosters understanding and provides communities with the skills to resolve conflicts.

As a humanitarian organization, peace is a cornerstone of our mission. We believe when people work to create peace in their communities, that change can have a global effect.

By carrying out service projects and supporting peace fellowships and scholarships, our members take action to address the underlying causes of conflict, including poverty, discrimination, ethnic tension, lack of access to education, and unequal distribution of resources.

Our commitment to peacebuilding today answers new challenges: how we can make the greatest possible impact and how we can achieve our vision of lasting change.

Rotary creates environments where peace can happen."

Rotarians work fighting disease, providing clean water and sanitation, improving the health of mothers and children, supporting education, and growing local economies. These efforts directly build the optimal conditions for peaceful societies. And while we often think of these efforts in far corners of the developing world, it is equally important to consider how our projects can positively impact local communities in this area of focus.

An interesting and impactful Rotary initiative is the development and support of the Rotary Peace Centers. These centers, housed within renowned universities worldwide have trained more than 1,700 Rotary Peace Fellows to become effective catalysts for peace through careers in government, education, and international organizations.


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

St. Augustine Sunrise Rotary presents Pup-A-Pawlooza

St. Augustine Sunrise Rotary presents Pup-A-Pawlooza, a fun dog-related event benefiting the St. Augustine Humane Society. 

Scheduled for Saturday, March 23rd, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the St. Johns County Fairgrounds, this day promises family fun, laughter, and heartwarming moments for all. Admission is $10 before the event and $15 at the gate, with free entry for children fifteen and under. 

Enjoy exciting dog competitions, live music, delicious food, and more. We're seeking sponsors and vendors to be part of this tail-wagging celebration. Support a good cause and be part of the fun!

In addition to Pup-A-Pawlooza, we're having the Dash to the Dogs 5K run/walk benefiting the Homeless Coalition St Johns County at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 23rd, starting and finishing at Armstrong Park, 4950 Harvey Ave. in Elkton. 

The sign-up for the event is The entrance fee includes access to Sunrise Rotary's Pup-a-Pawlooza at the nearby St. Johns County Fairgrounds.

Visit for details.

Zoom Meeting on Mental Health Awareness

Please join us for our 2nd Annual Conference on Mental Health in the Arab Region, featuring a special address by RI President Gordon McInally. This conference is dedicated to raising awareness about mental health and promoting well-being in the Arab community. The event will be held via Zoom on Tuesday, 6th February 2024 at 9am (Beirut time). Don't miss this opportunity to gain insights and knowledge from experts in the field. Meeting ID: 84927436, Passcode: 679497.

Register for Rotary Learning Institute

Saturday, April 20, 2024

Daytona State College - Palm Coast

3000 Palm Coast Pkwy SE

Palm Coast, FL 32137


Meet your District Leadership

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Dorothy Zimmerman

Assistant Governor - Membership, Area 1

RC Gainesville Sunrise

Past President

Rotarian 11 Years

Assistant Governors serve a two year term. The first year focuses on assisting clubs with membership strategies and follow-up on prospective members who contact the District through Rotary International. First year AGs also work with the District Governor-Elect in preparation and training of club President-Elects. This group of District leaders will be highlighted through the remainder of this year. They will serve with District Governor Elect Mickey Ulmer in the leadership for 2024-2025.

Save the Date!!

2024 District Training Assembly and Conference

Where? -

Herbert University Center

University of North Florida 12000 Alumni Drive Jacksonville, Fl 32224

When? -

College of Governors Annual Meeting -

Thursday May 2, 6pm Maggiano's St. Johns Town Center

Annual District Training Assembly -

Friday May 3, 11:30am - 5:00pm (Lunch - Afternoon Training Breakout Sessions)

Annual Conference -

Friday May 3 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Whiskey Tasting to benefit Polio, Kick-off Cocktail Reception

Saturday May 4 - 8:00am - 8:00pm

Breakfast, Lunch, General Sessions, Celebration Dinner and Auction for Polio

Who? -

District 6970 Rotarians and Rotaractors of all types - new members, incoming club officers and directors, long-standing members, any member ready to be inspired by compelling speakers, and those who want to celebrate another great Rotary year with friends new and old.

Keep an eye out for more details in coming weeks. Registration opens soon.

There are many comfortable and reasonably-priced lodging options in the St. Johns Town Center / UNF area. We do not have a specific Rotary room block.

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