August 13, 2023 | Issue 7

Maui Wildfires - Rotary Responds

This past week we all were heartbroken over the devastation in western Maui and the utter destruction of the historic town of Lahaina.

Maui is one of the beautiful places on Earth and a particular favorite of mine. Many of us have had the pleasure of visiting and hold wonderful memories of the experience.

It is beyond difficult to imagine that what we remember is now gone. And beyond the physical destruction, we now learn that the loss of human life has reached historic proportions.

Our Rotarian sisters and brothers in Hawai'i have mobilized quickly to respond in Rotarian fashion.

We will keep you informed as we learn more about the situation and various ways we can help.

Please consider making a donation directly to Rotary District 5000.


John Tabor | District Governor 2023-2024

Rotary District 6970

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John Tabor

District Governor


August 26, 2023

Vibrant Club Seminar

January 13, 2024

RLI - Deland

January 27, 2024

Membership Summit

March 1 - 3, 2024

President Elect Training Seminar - PETS

May 3 - 4, 2024

District Conference

Jaguars / End Polio Now Partnership

Tickets are going fast! Thanks for your participation and please act quickly if you have not secured your seats.

vs. Texans September 24

vs. Colts October 15 Less than 100 remain

vs. Titans November 19 Less than 50 remain

vs. Panthers December 31

Upper Bowl seats are $50

Lower Bowl seats are $60 Almost Sold Out

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

Contact: PDG Jeff Michelman, District Jaguars/End Polio Now Chair


Meet your Assistant Governor

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Diane Robar

Assistant Governor - Area 1

(Gainesville, Downtown Gainesville, Greater Gainesville, Gainesville Sunrise, Lake Butler)

RC Downtown Gainesville

Past President

Rotarian 9 Years

HI!  I am a long time resident of Florida; my dad was transferred to Gainesville from New York in 1956 and I have spent most of my life in Gainesville.   Very blessed to have two sons, both of whom are in law enforcement and three teenage grandsons.

In my work life, I switched gears in my mid 30’s and left the secretarial world to embark on a new career in a health related field called Cardiovascular Technology at SantaFe College.  After completion of the Program, I was recruited to teach in the Invasive Cardiology component of the program.  I happily taught for the next 20 years.  Since retiring, my non-Rotary time is spent in volunteering and traveling whenever possible. 

I did not know much about Rotary until I met my present husband Bob.  After attending my first Rotary Int’l convention in Lisbon, Portugal, I was hooked.  I have been a Rotarian since 2015 and have served in all positions.

My Presidential year was during the 2019-20 COVID years and although ZOOMING my meetings wasn’t quite what I had expected,  we didn’t lose any members, so it worked out okay.  

My proudest Rotarian moment was to participate in a National Immunization Day (NID) in India in 2016…a truly  humbling, awesome experience.  As the AG for Area 1 this year, I look forward to sharing my love of Rotary with my area Presidents and help them have a great year, as we all work to Create Hope in the World.

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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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