December 3, 2023 | Issue 23

Disease Prevention and Treatment Month

December is Disease Prevention and Treatment Month in the Rotary Calendar. describes the Disease Prevention focus this way;

"Rotarians believe good health care is everyone’s right. Yet 400 million people in the world can’t afford or don’t have access to basic health care.

Disease results in misery, pain, and poverty for millions of people worldwide. That’s why treating and preventing disease is so important to us. We lead efforts both large and small. We set up temporary clinics, blood donation centers, and training facilities in underserved communities struggling with outbreaks and health care access. We design and build infrastructure that allows doctors, patients, and governments to work together.

Our members combat diseases like malaria, HIV/AIDS, Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, and polio. Prevention is important, which is why we also focus on health education and bringing people routine hearing, vision, and dental care."

As we approach the end of 2023, I would ask each of you to consider making a gift, of any amount, to the Rotary Foundation. Your generosity will have a profound impact on many. Likely, people who you will never meet, but whose lives you will change just the same.

I'd also like to offer best wishes and hopes for a blessed holiday season in whatever manner and tradition you and your family celebrate.


John Tabor | District Governor 2023-2024

Rotary District 6970

For more on Rotary's efforts in Disease Prevention:

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

St. Augustine Beach Polio Fun Ride

Sign up at : or

e-mail : [email protected]

Meet your District Leadership

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Charlie Flynn

Assistant Governor - Area 7

Beaches Rotaract, Jacksonville-Oceanside, Oceanside Satellite, Ponte Vedra, Palm Valley, Ponte Vedra Beach,

Town Center Rotaract, UNF Rotaract

Beaches Rotaract

Past President

Rotarian 14 Years

Charlie joined Rotaract in 2015, shortly after moving to Jacksonville from Baltimore, Maryland. He has served in multiple club and district leadership positions, including President, District Rotaract Representative, and Assistant Governor.

He has been to three international conventions and his proudest moment is giving a presentation about the value of Rotary to all the incoming District Governors during the 2020 International Assembly.

Outside of Rotary, Charlie works as a Senior Product Manager at Forcura, a healthcare technology company. When not volunteering or helping Rotaract and Rotary clubs, he enjoys running, swimming, cycling, and traveling the world.

District Speakers Bureau

D6970 Rotarians decorated Rose Parade Float

In response to the Minutarian item on the 2024 Rose Parade I received the following from Rotarian Jimbo Skiles, RC Downtown Gainesville -

"Greetings John,

Trust you had a joyful Thanksgiving. Thanks for sharing the theme for this year's Rose Parade. My wife and I had the privilege of decorating the Rotary float 2 years ago. It was a wonderful experience and one that is open to any interested Rotarian.

There is a lot more to the story and I have put together a presentation to share with any club that would like to hear more about Rotary’s involvement and how one can participate in decorating our float and viewing the parade. 


Jim “Jimbo” Skiles"

Rotarian Jimbo can be reached at [email protected] to arrange an interesting and unique club program.


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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 Parts 1, 2 and 3 as well as Graduate courses in Facilitation Techniques and Transforming Your Club.


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


Singapore Convention Registration Discount Deadline Dec. 15

Don’t forget that 15 December is the last day to get our discount for early registration. Non-members are welcome at the convention, so invite a relative or friend. And remind members of your club to register now so they can join you in Singapore, where we’ll be Sharing Hope With the World!

Also start planning your tours -

The Host Organization Committee is very excited to welcome Rotary members and guests to Singapore for the 2024 Rotary International Convention. This bustling metropolis is an ever-evolving wonderland of bold new experiences to complete your Rotary adventure. And our hosts have arranged for travel opportunities in the rich cultures of surrounding countries, too. Visit the host committee’s website,, to learn about all of your tour options, from murals and gardens nearby in our convention city to the thrills of a tiger reserve in India or an enchanting stay in Bali exploring temples and a monkey forest.

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