October 29, 2023 | Issue 18

President Elect Training Seminar


Last weekend, most club President-Elects completed preliminary training to lead their respective clubs in the 2024-2025 Rotary year beginning in July.

Three separate Saturday morning sessions were held in different areas of the District for the convenience of participants. District Governor Elect Mickey Ulmer managed the program

This required one day training is the first step and provides a critical foundation in preparation for All-Florida PETS held the first weekend in March in Orlando.

PEs received basic administrative training in DacDB,, and Rotary Club Central. Other topics covered included District and Global Grants, Membership and Public Image resources, and a review of the annual Rotary calendar of events. Club governance and leadership issues were also discussed.

President-Elects had the opportunity to meet their Assistant Governors and network with their peers from other clubs in the District.

Special thanks to District Trainer Bea Fore and Assistant District Trainer Gary Williams, who organized as well as all 12 Assistant Governors who participated.

Over the next 7 months, your club President-Elect will be putting their Board and Committees together and planning to carry on the leadership of the club. Thorough preparation now will get them ready to lead your club to greater impact in your communities. At the next opportunity, thank them for taking on this responsibility, and better yet, ask how you can help them in achieving their goals.

I fondly remember my President term as the best year of my Rotary career, (until this year!). It was an outstanding personal and professional experience. I hope you will consider sharing your talent and passion in this way with your club.


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


90-minute interactive briefing and discussion organized by Rotary International and Alliance for Peacebuilding

Over the past decade, the field and impact of peacebuilding has grown. At the same time, pressing global issues underline the need to create ever-greater connections to build international relationships, improve lives, and create a better world. One proposition is to shift mental paradigms by viewing citizens as an essential source of new ideas. In turn – policymakers, business people, and other influencers would take on new roles to bring community-driven ideas to scale.

Sign Up for Geneva Peace Week

Use button below or visit:

Select Let’s Intersect: Building Trust-Based Partnerships to Accelerate Peace

Thursday, November 2, 2023

5:00-6:30pm Geneva CET

12:00-1:30pm New York ET

Questions: [email protected]

Register for Free

Meet your District Leadership

Bea Fore

District Trainer

RC South Jacksonville

Past President, Past Asst. Governor

Rotarian 12 Years

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Gary Williams

Assistant District Trainer

RC Bartram Trail - Julington Creek

Past President, Past Asst. Governor

Rotarian 8 Years

Rotarians Against Malaria

Rotary Action Group

Rotarians Against Malaria – Global Rotary Action Group (RAM-G), is a volunteer group of Rotarians who partner with other Rotarians’ efforts, with local and international groups, and with individuals to control Malaria. Group members study and implement all proven methods that lower malaria in an expedient timeframe. Once these are successful, efforts are scaled up. 

Ending Malaria saves lives and helps stop the cycle of poverty

In 2019, Malaria claimed 409,000 lives and caused 229 million cases. 67% of deaths were in children under the age of 5 years.

Malaria accounts for half of missed days in African schools. It may occur several times in children during the year in endemic countries. They cannot go to school and learn effectively, ultimately impacting their ability to earn a living. Keeping children healthy enables parents to go to work and reduce the need to spend their wages on malaria treatments and health care.

To learn more:

District 6970 Speakers Bureau

Many District 6970 Rotarians are available to present programs for your club meetings.

A representative sample is listed below.

Bo Norton, RC Orange Park - District Chair Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI)

[email protected] 703-868-8946

Jacob Atem, RC Gainesville - Lost Boys of South Sudan

[email protected] 517-243-3118

Anita O'Donnell, RC St. Augustine Sunrise, District Chair Mental Health Rotary Action Group

[email protected] 302-607-8216

Mike Selah, RC East Arlington, District Rotaract Chair

[email protected] 904-509-9362

Scott Burgess, RC Bartram Trail - Julington Creek, District Chair Rotary Youth Exchange

[email protected] 904-370-4836

Congressman Aaron Bean, RC Fernandina Beach (Clay, Duval and Nassau Counties)

District Director Bryan Campbell, RC Orange Park Sunrise (60-90 Days Notice)

[email protected] 904-352-9328

Katherine Batenhorst, RC St. Augustine, District Membership Chair

[email protected] 904-501-1929

Rotary Foundation -

Horton Hickerson, RC Palm Valley, Foundation Annual Giving, Paul Harris Society

[email protected] 732-687-1350

Carolyn Mudgette, RC St. Augustine Sunrise, District Grants Chair

[email protected] 904-540-7004

Rich and Marie Turnbull, RC St. Augustine Beach, District Foundation Chair, End Polio Now

[email protected] 904-686-4212

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Jags-Rotary District 6970 Polio Partnership a Success

Once again the Jaguars partnership for the eradication of Polio was a great success. Thanks to ticket purchases and suite sales, District 6970 raised $18,000. When you consider the Gates match, this means a $54,000 contribution to PolioPlus for 2023-24.

Congratulations to Suite Raffle winner Marie Turnbull who enjoyed the win over the Colts with 20 Rotarians and friends.

Special thanks to PDG Jeff Michelman, PDG Cynde Covington, and District Exec. Secretary Patti Chapman for the great work in coordinating the effort this year.

Events Around our District

Oct 30 Murder Mystery Party

Nov 11  Cornhole Tournament

Nov 11 Pirates on the Edge

Nov 11 Chili Cook-Off

Nov 18  Ride to End Polio

Nov 18 Craft Beer Festival

Nov 20 Journey into Cambodia

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