July 2, 2023 | Issue 1

Happy New Year!

It is that time again, when we celebrate the good works of our clubs over the past year, honor members for their extraordinary service, transition leadership and move ahead with the plans that we have made for the new Rotary year ahead.

The District Governor Corps, past, present and future have been celebrating with you at Installation Banquets and Meetings for the past few weeks. We have all been honored to participate in the “changing of the guard” and continue to be inspired by the accomplishments of Rotarians in every corner of the District.

Special thanks go to Immediate Past District Governor Jeff Michelman for his tireless dedication to service this past year. Also, PDG Jeanette Loftus is rotating out of her role as District Foundation Chair and deserves our sincerest appreciation for her efforts to further the outstanding work and message of the Rotary Foundation.

Many other District, Area, and Club leaders are rotating into new roles, too numerous to mention all, but particular recognition needs to go to Michael Bruce and Doug Brown for their fine work in Youth Services. Thanks also to Assistant Governors who have completed their terms.

Make sure to check out the re-designed website where you will find my calendar and much more.

Yours in Rotary,


John Tabor | District Governor 2023-2023

Rotary District 6970

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John Tabor

District Governor


August 12, 2023

RLI – Orange Park

August 26, 2023

Vibrant Club Seminar

January 27, 2024

Membership Summit

May 3-4, 2024

District Conference

Create Hope in the World

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R. Gordon R. McInally 

Rotary International President

This coming Rotary Year, newly installed Rotary International President R. Gordon R. McInally calls for Rotary to create hope in the world by working for peace and mental well-being.

At the recently concluded International Convention in Melbourne, Australia, McInally urged Rotary members to Create Hope in the World by getting involved and taking action at a critical moment in history.

"To create hope, we must continue doing our important work, and do it better than ever before," he said. "We must refocus our efforts to build peace across the globe. And we must help each other find peace within — and share that ethic of care to the people we serve."

You can read more about President Gordon’s Rotary journey and his priorities for this year at

Melbourne Convention images, videos and news stories can be found at

Meet your District Public Image Team 

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Amy Workowski

District Chair of Public Image 

RC Daytona Beach

Rotarian 8 years

Ed Dalton

District Webmaster

RC Ponte Vedra Beach

Rotarian 7 years

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Catrine Fredrikson

District Member Communications

RC Fleming Island, Past President

Rotarian 15 years

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James “Jim Z” Kocmoud

DacDB Master Guru

RC Port Orange – South Daytona

Rotarian 18 years 

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Ponte Vedra Beach Rotary 40 years

In June 1983, a small group of local businessmen got together and formally chartered the Rotary Club of Ponte Vedra Beach. Past President and event emcee Bruce Barber displayed items from a club time capsule, noting that when the club was founded, its membership...


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