December 17, 2023 | Issue 25

Mid-Year Planning

Well that went fast!

Here we are half-way through the Rotary year. I'm so excited and impressed with all of our amazing clubs and Rotarians. You are making a difference in your communities and helping to "Create Hope in the World."

This time of year it is important to be mindful of a number of club governance issues.

Mid-year dues billing is coming Jan. 2 from Rotary International and the District. Please review your club rosters to make sure that your membership info is current and complete. Dues are based on your Dec. 31 info and the assessments are final.

All clubs should be finalizing their Officer appointments for 2024-25. Please update this info in DacDB or in

All President Elects should be registered for President-Elect Training Seminar in Orlando (Mar. 1-3, 2024). This training is mandatory and any issues should be discussed with DGE Mickey ASAP.

This is the perfect time to update your goals and progress towards the Rotary Citation for your club.

Finally, the second half of the Rotary year is when clubs focus on completing our planned events, fundraisers and Grant projects. It is also when we participate in training and preparation for the next Rotary year.

I encourage you to attend the District Membership Summit and RLI in January, and the Grant Training Sessions (info below) in the Spring.

Finally, please make plans to attend the District Training Assembly and Conference in May. The Training Team and Conference Committee have put together a great program of sessions that will educate and inspire.

Until next week, (Last Minutarian of the Year!)


John Tabor | District Governor 2023-2024

Rotary District 6970

John Tabor

District Governor


January 13, 2024

RLI - Deland

January 27, 2024

Membership Summit

Daytona State College - Palm Coast

March 1 - 3, 2024

President Elect Training Seminar - PETS 2

DoubleTree Seaworld,


May 3 - 4, 2024

District Conference

University Center

UNF, Jacksonville

Downtown Deland Recognized as Shelter Box Hero

About HERO Clubs:

Gifts from clubs, individuals identifying as club members, or anyone recognizing your club all count toward ShelterBox HERO club recognition. Bronze HERO recognition level is achieved at $1,000, Silver at $3,000, Gold at $5,000 and Platinum at 10K in total giving within the Rotary year. A club can ‘level up’ throughout the Rotary year.

ShelterBox has provided aid to over 2.5 million people since 2000, thanks to clubs like Downtown Deland. 

Thank you for being a ShelterBox HERO!

To learn more:

Meet your District Leadership

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Scott Kornegay

Assistant Governor - Area 9

Crescent City, Interlachen and Lakes Area, Keystone Heights, Palatka, Palatka Sunrise, Starke

RC Keystone Heights

Past President

Rotarian 7 Years

Scott is a lifelong public servant and a veteran of the US Air Force and Florida Air National Guard. He retired from the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department with nearly 24 years of service.

Scott is the former city manager of the City of Keystone Heights and most recently served as the Executive Director of the Lake Region Development Corporation. He began his tenure as Bradford County Manager in October of 2022.

He holds a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of North Florida and earned a bachelor’s degree in public administration from Flagler College.

Scott is a two-time past president of the Rotary Club of Keystone Heights, a Paul Harris Fellow plus 5, member of the Paul Harris Society, a Benefactor and a member of the Bequest Society.

His wife of 37 years, Diane, is the Superintendent of Schools in Lake County, Florida. They live on Lake Santa Fe with their bird dog, Lincoln.

RC Flagler County Fantasy Lights

For tickets, information and a full schedule of events:

Rotary Learning Leadership Institute

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Registration is now open for Rotary Leadership (aka Learning) Institute in Deland. This session is being held in cooperation with District 6980 (Central Florida), and we expect to reach maximum capacity. Seats are filling fast so act quickly to secure your spot!

Sessions will be held for:


Part 2 (4 Seats Left)

Part 3 (6 Seats Left)

Graduate Facilitation Techniques (1 Seat Left)

Graduate Transforming Your Club (15 Seats Left)


Daytona State College

155 County Rd 4139

DeLand, FL 32724

Classes are from 8:00AM - 3:30AM (Lunch included)

Registration and Breakfast at 7:00AM


Save the Date for District Grant Training

Is your club thinking about submitting a grant for a project in the Rotary year of 2024-2025?


This is Required Training to submit a grant for approval for the 2024-2025 Rotary Year. 

A minimum of two people from each club are required to attend this training in order to qualify for a District Grant in the 2024-2025 Rotary Year.

This 90 minute session will be hands-on, virtual training (Zoom), with one of two sessions to choose from for your convenience. Attendees should be the actual people entering and/or approving the grant. Please no seat warmers, we really want to provide training that is beneficial to all. Please send people that will be doing the actual work so that we can get the best possible grant submission for the SHARE committee to review.

Please be logged into DacDB and ready to submit a real or test grant. Grant submittals (test project or real grant submission) will be used to complete the attendance rooster. 


District Grants Summit I - Creating a Grant for 2024

Register for Sat. Feb 24, 2024 9am
Register for Tues. Mar 5, 2024 6:30pm

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