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NEWS BITS: 2015-2016 Rotary Theme Set

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Rotary International announced that the theme for the coming 2015-2016 Rotary year will be Be a Gift to the World.  The theme and its logo will characterized the mission of Rotary and its incoming president K.R. “Ravi” Ravindran, a member of the Rotary Club of Colombo, Western Province, Sri Lanka.

Ravindran says his top priority for Rotary will be to increase membership, which he calls the bedrock of any organization.

Georgia Rotarian Wins Super Bowl Ticket Auction

An $8,000 bid won the District 6970 Super Bowl ticket auction last week for a Georgia Rotarian.  District Governor-elect of District 6900, Bob Hogan, took the honors and the tickets. The auction of a pair of club seat tickets to this week's Super Bowl came about when Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan donated the tickets to the district to support The Rotary Foundation's End Polio Now! campaign.

All of the proceeds of the auction will go to the polio campaign and the winning bidder gets a charitable tax deduction of the amount minus the face value of the tickets. The face value of the pair was $ 3,800.

Week 30. Rotary Minute for week beginning January 26, 2015.

What can you expect at our combined District Conference and Assembly? The basics you already know. It’s May 8 -10 at the Flagler College Campus in St. Augustine. Here’s what you may not know.

Friday May 8th. Arrive early to a light continental breakfast, registration and set-up for the House of Friendship. Next get fired up at various morning sessions. Following the morning sessions, bask in the glorious and historic Ponce de Leon Hall for our awards luncheon featuring two outstanding guest speakers:

  • Dr. Ben Bahr, Ph.D.is the William C. Friday Chair and Professor at the Biotechnology Research and Training Center – University of North Carolina-Pembroke. He is an internationally recognized expert on age-related, neuro-degenerative disorders and received the James E. Holshouser Jr. Award for Excellence in Public Service from the UNC Board of Governors. Today, as many as 5.4 million Americans live with Alzheimer's, the most common form of dementia. Experts predict that by 2050, without an effective treatment, the number of Americans with Alzheimer's will double, and related health care costs could soar to $1 trillion a year. Dr. Bahr’s topic will be a good one for Rotarians to consider after we end Polio and look to our next global challenge.
  • Devin Thorpeis an author, adviser and writes articles for Forbes magazine on social entrepreneurship and impact investing. Devin focuses on helping those doing good in the world – a self-proclaimed "champion of social good." His books on personal finance and crowdfunding draw on his entrepreneurial finance experience as an investment banker, CFO, treasurer, and mortgage broker. He helps people use financial resources to do good. He previously worked on the U.S. Senate Banking committee staff and earned an MBA at Cornell. Doing good and finding the funds to do that good is a perfect topic for Rotarians!

After lunch we’ll hear more from our two guest presenters, as well as other sessions of interest to all Rotarians. Then, plan on a delightful fellowship reception in the Flagler Courtyard with tasty treats and libations. From there, head out into the evening for dinner with your Rotary friends at one of the many outstanding restaurants in St. Augustine.

Saturday May 9th: This will be just like previous District Assemblies only it will take place in St. Augustine instead of Palatka. DGE Fel will be providing us with more detail soon, having just returned from his District Governor training at International Assembly in San Diego. What I can tell you now is that it will conclude right after the traditional BBQ lunch provided by the fabulous Foundation Fryers. After lunch, enjoy your afternoon with a number of planned activities we’ll be announcing soon. Maybe even a Rotary Pub Crawl to quaff a few led by our own DGN Marshall! For he is a jolly good fellow!!

Sunday May 10th: Enjoy breakfast on your own and then join us for an interfaith worship and memorial service. We’ll wrap up with an open session to hear what Rotarians in District 6970 have to say. After that we hope to organize groups to head out together for lunch to celebrate Mother’s Day. Who knows – maybe even a large water taxi ride up the river to Caps!

Event Reminders:

  • February 7:  Our second Rotary Leadership Institute will be conducted at SJRSC – O.P Campus.
  • March 6-7:  Florida Multi-District President-Elect Training Seminar (PETS) in Orlando, FL.
  • May 8-10:  District Conference and Assembly at the Flagler College campus in St. Augustine. Book your hotel reservations now because this is the PGA’s TPC weekend and rooms are going fast.

For more on these and all other events in District 6970, keep an eye on this website.

Yours in service to Rotary,

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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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