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Week 21. Rotary Minute for week beginning November 24, 2014.

First, congratulations to Brent Coates who was selected last week by our District Nominating Committee to serve as District Governor-designee for the 2017-2018 Rotary year. Brent is a member of the Rotary Club of Palatka Sunrise. He has served in a number of district positions and currently serves as our district’s sergeant-at-arms. He also served as assistant and area governor from July 2011 through June 2014. For those interested in our district’s process for selecting our district governors, you can find that information in the D6970 Manual of Procedure. The manual can be accessed on this website under the Goals and Procedures tab at the top of the homepage screen.

This past week several of our district leaders attended the Governor-elect Training Seminar (GETS) and Zone 33/34 Institute in Asheville, North Carolina. It was an inspiring and informative event featuring sessions on membership, the Foundation, New Generations, the End Polio Now!campaign and more. As with any event like this, the best part was connecting and networking with our peers from the 28 other districts that make up Zones 33 and 34 – stretching from the Caribbean to West Virginia. Needless to say, there was much to absorb. And, yes, we will be bringing back a ton of ideas to share with each Rotarian in District 6970 and a thousand volts of enthusiasm to help us Light Up Rotary!

Final word – a big shout-out to all of the volunteers who helped interview our Rotary Youth Exchange outbound applicants recently in St. Augustine. Your participation is what makes the selection process work as well as it does. Selecting 20 outbound students from the 40+ applicants was not easy, but it was a rewarding experience. So thanks to all who were there to help us make sure we send our best to study abroad in the 2015-2016 school year.


  • May 8-10:  Save the dates as we combine our annual District Conference and District Assembly into one big event. We’ll sail into the Flagler College campus in St. Augustine to Light Up the family of Rotary. Look for an agenda and more details soon.

 For more details on upcoming events check the District Calendar in the upper right corner of this web page.

Yours in service to Rotary,

Percy Rosenbloom signature


18 Years Anchoring the Rotary News Network
Durkee Retires; Seaman Steps In

Ken Durkee who has hosted more than 200 editions of the Rotary News Network on Jacksonville's Comcast Cable was honored by the club at its November 17th meeting.

For 18 years Ken has interviewed scores of district Rotarians and people who have been affected through the service of Rotary. Ken has been a member of the Rotary Club of Jacksonville for 27 years.

Club President Pierre also announced that Margie Seaman will take over the reins as anchor of the Rotary News Network in January. Her first guest will be Ken Durkee.


The Rotary News Network is broadcast every Monday at 8 pm on Comcast channel 99. The theme of each show changes monthly.

Margie is already working on plans to expand district-wide viewership through Internet streaming which will allow Rotarians and general viewers outside of the immediate Jacksonville area to view the program on demand.  More details will follow in the coming weeks.

Florida's Crown District

We are Florida's Crown District where Rotary has served for more than 100 years. Today we are 60 clubs strong serving 31 communities in 12 counties of Northeast Florida.

Our district's more than 3,000 Rotary members are active, involved and accomplishing service and humanitarian goals on behalf of our neighborhoods, towns,and cities as well as being involved in international service.

We are proud of the national and international Rotary leaders who have come from our ranks.

For more than a century Rotary's presence and involvement in our region have been positive forces to improve the well being of the people in our communities.

District 6970 looks forward to its next 100 years of service and living up to our commitment to all that Rotary stands for by placing Service Above Self.

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