January 21, 2024 | Issue 29

The CART Fund

(Coins for Alzheimers Research Trust)

As I travel throughout the District, I'm pleased to see the "Blue Bucket" on many of the tables at your meetings.

Some clubs, including mine, continue to collect loose change and small bills each week to support this Rotarian conceived effort.

However, I realize that some of these buckets have been

repurposed for Happy Dollars and 50/50 drawings and various other uses. And it's possible that the origin has faded in memory.

The Cart Fund was founded in 1995 by Roger Ackerman, a Rotarian in Sumter, SC. While not an official Rotary International program, it is a non-profit grassroots

organization that provides “seed” money for cutting edge,

high impact research grants to help find a treatment or cure for Alzheimer’s Disease.

The goal of CART is to encourage exploratory and developmental Alzheimer’s Disease research projects within the United States. This is accomplished by providing financial support for the early and conceptual plans of those projects that may not yet be supported by extensive preliminary data, but have the potential to substantially advance biomedical research.

Since 1999, 64 grants totaling more than $11 million have been awarded to 62 recognized research institutions in the United States.

The CART Fund is a 501(C)3 organization governed by an Executive Committee and a Board of Directors composed of representatives from qualified Rotary districts that support the program.

George Sachs, RC Flagler Beach, serves as the District CART Chair. He would be pleased to introduce, (or reintroduce) your club to this worthy program.

More information can be obtained at:

and fascinating presentations can be found on the Cart Fund YouTube channel :


John Tabor | District Governor 2023-2024

Rotary District 6970

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John Tabor

District Governor


January 27, 2024

Membership Summit

Daytona State College - Palm Coast

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

District Membership Summit

Registration Closes Thursday 1/25!

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Who's it for?

  • Club Membership Chairs and Committee Members
  • Club Presidents
  • Club President-Elects
  • Clubs that want to increase Community Impact
  • Any Club Member interested in growing club membership

Event sessions will be interactive and include:

Recharging Your Club -

(AG Serena Fisher and PDG Bill Griffin)

All About MAP (Membership Action Plan) -

(PDG Mike Darragh)

Collaboration for Rotaract and Rotary -

(Danielle Fisher, Eustachius Roberts, AG Kayla Ferriero-Thompson)

YOU Can Do It! - Satellite, Companion and Cause-Based Clubs -

(JoAnne Campbell, Charles Miller, ICA Chair Mary Stutts)

Open Discussion and Wrap-up -

(District Membership Chair Katherine Batenhorst)

Saturday, January 27, 2024 

Start Time 8:00 am

End Time 12:15 pm

Daytona State College

Palm Coast 3000 Palm Coast Parkway SE 

Palm Coast, FL 32137 

$25 per person

*8:00-8:30 – Registration, fellowship, breakfast

Register in DacDB

Shelter Box USA Project Philippines

ShelterBox USA is planning a 1.6-million-dollar project to expand training of local response teams and grow capacity for greater impact in responding to future disasters in The Philippines.

Building on the creation and initial success of ShelterBox Operations Philippines (SBOP), this planned project will help prepare local communities for disaster by providing more people with disaster response training and increasing the amount of available pre-stocked aid for future disaster relief.

We hope you will attend our 30-minute webinar to learn how your Rotary Clubs and Districts can support this project. We have two options to accommodate your schedule.

Register for the meeting of your choice here.


Jan 23, 2024 - 9:00 AM Pacific Time (Noon Eastern)


Jan 23, 2024 - 4:00 PM Pacific Time (7 PM Eastern)

RC Downtown Deland Black Tie and Blue Jeans Gala

For more info and to purchase tickets, visit

Meet your District Leadership

District Membership Committee, At-Large Members

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Art Shuster

RC Amelia Island Sunrise

Rotarian 24 years

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Kayla Thompson

Deland Rotaract

Rotaractor 4 years

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Alex Elias

Jacksonville Beach Rotaract

Rotaractor 6 years

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David Gracy

RC Gainesville

Rotarian 18 years

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Jeff Michelman

RC Jacksonville-Oceanside

Rotarian 28 years

RC St. Augustine Sunset Valentine's Event

Friday Feb. 9, 6:30pm - 9:30pm

Vilano Main Street Diner 190 Vilano Rd. St. Augustine, FL 32084

For tickets and more info:

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