September 24, 2023 | Issue 13

Presidents' Councils and

Assistant Governors

The Rotary and Rotaract clubs in District 6970 are organized into 12 Areas. This arranges clubs, basically by geography, into smaller groups that facilitate communication and foster collaboration. Each Area has an Assistant District Governor.

The Assistant Governor role is indispensable. These individuals have typically served as President of their clubs. They are experienced in all of the areas of club leadership, such as communications, organization, executing effective community service and conflict resolution. They also have experience with the District and with Rotary International.

The responsibilities of Assistant Governors include:

  • Visiting clubs at least once a quarter either in person, by phone, or by web conference. AGs are able to discuss club concerns and needs, and provide information, resources, and advice that will allow them to be more successful.

  • Promoting best practices in club governance.

  • Keeping the Governor up to date on each club’s progress and identifying areas that may need attention

  • Helping club leaders prepare for the governor’s official visit.

  • Monitoring the progress of clubs toward their goals in areas such as membership, service initiatives, and giving to The Rotary Foundation.

  • Organizing and conducting Area Presidents' Council meetings.

AGs in District 6970 are appointed by the District Governor Elect and serve a two year term that coincides with the DG.

In the first year, their primary responsibilities are to manage Membership Leads received from Rotary International and to assist with President-Elect Training.

The second year involves arranging the District Governor's official club visits and managing Area Presidents' Council meetings.

The Presidents' Council for each area consists of each club President, President-Elect and both Area Governors (Year 1 and 2). Meetings occur quarterly and can be held more frequently if desired. They present a great opportunity for networking, sharing best practices, and preparing upcoming club leadership. Council meetings are a great way to collaborate on community service projects, fundraising events, socials and Grant projects.

I am thrilled that every one of the twelve areas in our District have conducted at least one Area Presidents' Council meeting so far this year.

I strongly believe that cooperation among clubs strengthens Rotary for the future, improves our effectiveness and increases our community impact.

Next time you see your Assistant Governor, thank them for their important service. And ask them if serving may be something that might interest you!


John Tabor | District Governor 2023-2024

Rotary District 6970

John Tabor

District Governor


President Elect Training Seminar - PETS 1 (3 options)

October 7 Deland

October 14 Gainesville

October 21 Jacksonville

January 13, 2024

RLI - Deland

January 27, 2024

Membership Summit

Daytona State College - Daytona Beach

March 1 - 3, 2024

President Elect Training Seminar - PETS 2

May 3 - 4, 2024

District Conference

Rotary Responds

Morocco Earthquake Relief

As a global humanitarian organization, Rotary continually takes action to help communities in need. The Rotary Foundation has established a temporary Morocco Earthquake Response Fund to support immediate assistance efforts through disaster response grants.

We’ll begin fundraising efforts soon to finance the grants, which will be available specifically to areas affected by the 6.8-magnitude earthquake on 8 September that killed several thousand people, injured even more, and destroyed an estimated 50,000 homes.  


The Morocco Earthquake Response Fund will accept contributions, including District Designated Funds (DDF), until 31 December and will distribute grants until 21 September 2024 or until the funds are spent. Any unused money will be transferred to the general Disaster Response Fund. 

Districts affected by the devastation in Morocco can apply for grants to provide items such as water, food, medicine, shelter, and clothing. To learn more and help these communities, members can: 


  1. Donate to the Morocco Earthquake Response Fund 
  2. Contribute your District Designated Funds (DDF)
  3. Learn more about the fund and how to apply for disaster response grants 
  4. Fundraise among your colleagues, friends, and family using Raise for Rotary 


We appreciate your support of Rotary member-led projects to help these communities at the times when they need our assistance the most. 



Barry Rassin

2023-24 Trustee Chair

The Rotary Foundation


Meet your District Leadership

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Theresa Shuster

Assistant Governor - Area 4

RC Amelia Island Sunrise

Past President, Assistant Governor

Rotarian 23 Years

Currently a member of the Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise, I began my Rotary "career" as a charter member of the Rotary Club of Orange Park Sunrise (June 2000), serving as club president during the 2007-2008 Rotary year.


During my time in Rotary, I have served in various roles for twenty (20) District Governors as Sgt at Arms, Assistant Governor, Awards Chair, Secretary, On to Salt Lake City Chair, Conference and Fund Committees. I have had the opportunity to attend five (5) International Conventions.


I am a Paul Harris Fellow (+5), Benefactor and Bequest Society Member and have been recognized twice as Rotarian of the Year. I'm also excited to say I have had perfect attendance for 23 years!! Easy to do when you are so involved with the District!


Married to Art for ten years, we live in paradise with our goldendoodle Kassidy and our cat Harris (yes – named after Paul).

Jacksonville Beaches Rotaract Recognized

The Rotary Foundation is pleased to announce that Jacksonville Beaches Rotaract has earned the 2022-23 Rotaract Giving Certificate. Clubs that receive this recognition donated at least US$100 to the Foundation in the past year.

The more than 640 Rotaract clubs worldwide that earned their certificates last year contributed more than US$240,000 to the Foundation. Since 2019-20, Rotaract clubs that have achieved the Rotaract Giving Certificate have contributed more than US$438,500 to our Foundation, which provides grants for service projects in communities around the world. Thanks to generous contributions from Rotaract and Rotary club members, we can continue to increase our impact and offer help where it is needed most.

Please join us in congratulating Jacksonville Beaches Rotaract on their achievement!

President Elect Training Seminar - Part 1

It is hard to believe but the time to start planning for the next Rotary year is here. All incoming club Presidents for 2024-2025 are required to attend two President Elect Training Seminars (PETS). The first session, Part 1, takes place within the District. President-Elects must attend one of the three Saturday morning sessions offered. They will be held in Deland on October 7, Gainesville on October 14, and Jacksonville on October 21. Part 1 is conducted by the District Training Team and includes PEs from all around the District.

The second session, Part 2, takes place in Orlando the first weekend in March (1- 3) 2024. Part 2 is required for all incoming club Presidents and includes all PEs from the eight districts in the State of Florida and Grand Bahama Island.

Both sessions are designed to prepare and inspire PEs. A great deal of time and effort goes into making this an unforgettable experience. The objective is to equip PEs to lead clubs in having the best year, both in club experience and community impact.

Please contact your Assistant Governor or District Governor Elect, Mickey Ulmer for more info.

Jags Suite Raffle for Polio

October 15th vs. Colts

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October 24th is World Polio Day!      One Day, One Focus: Ending Polio

Together, WE CAN END POLIO! Be a part of history, won't you?

This year, as just one of the World Polio Day events, District 6970 is highlighting our partnership with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Since this partnership began it has resulted in over $1,212,174 going to The Rotary Foundation for PolioPlus with the Gates Match.

This year the Jaguars are donating one Luxury Suite to the October 15th game, Jaguars vs Colts. The proceeds from this raffle will go to The Rotary Foundation at the end of the season along with all our ticket sale proceeds, to get us that much closer to eradicating polio!

The winner of the raffle will receive 20 Suite Tickets and 3 Parking Passes. The raffle will end at midnight on Thursday, October 5th and the winner's name will be announced on Friday, October 6th.

Help us End Polio forever! For more information and to get your chance to win the luxury suite to the Jags vs Colts game click on the link below:

Limited Upper Bowl tickets remain for Colts (10/15) and Panthers (12/31)

Events Around our District

Oct. 7 Cheeseburger Paradise

Oct. 14 Pub Crawl

Oct. 21 Swine and Dine Derby

Oct. 21 Pedals and Pints 

Oct. 27 Lobster Fest-to-Go

Oct. 30 Murder Mystery Party

Nov. 11  Cornhole Tournament

Nov. 11 Pirates on the Edge

Nov. 20 Journey into Cambodia

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