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Looking for a speaker for your club? District 6970 provides this Speaker's Bureau to assist your program chair in arranging interesting and relevant speakers on a variety of subjects – Rotary and non-Rotary. For convenience to the club and the speaker, we indicate which geographic area within the district a speakers prefers to appear. "Any" means anywhere within the district.

If you or your club have a recommendation for a speaker, please send the speaker's name and title, Rotary club (if any), topic(s), email address,telephone numbers and preferred geographic area. We ask that you seek permission from the speaker prior to submitting your recommendation. Send the information to the district executive secretary.

Program chairs should make direct contact using the email addresses and telephone numbers below.


Rotarian speakers who offer their speaker services to your club generally will travel to any club in the indistrict. Speakers designated with an * prefer to speak to clubs within the southeast portion of the district.

Most past district governors are willing to speak on any Rotary subject of your choosing. However, several PDGs have special interests or experiences they would like to share with your members.

John Brunner
Past-District Governor 2012-2013
jbrunner@jbrun.com  |  352.317.1251

Art MacQueen
Past-District Governor 2013-2014
art.macqueen13.14@gmail.com |  386.295.1620

Cynde Covington
Past-District Governor 2010-2011
Topics: Foundation, Polio Plus, NID Trips
cyndecovington@gmail.com |  904.568.1497

Dave Faraldo
Past-District Governor 2009-2010
Topic: Membership building
faraldod@gmail.com  |  904.536.4416

Debra Lowe
Major Gifts Officer
Topic: The Rotary Foundation
Foundation Major Gifts
debra.lowe@rotary.org  |  407.846.0610

Paul Mayer*
Assistant Governor 2011-2013
Topic: Foundation History
paulmayer@bellsouth.net  |  386.689.0620

Jeanette Loftus*
Dist.Governor nominee 2019-20, RLI Director
Topic: Rotary Leadership Institute, RLI
jloftus@palmcoastrealestate.com  |  386.931.9030

Russ Miller
District Governor 2008-2009
pdgruss@lazyscape.com  |  813.230.1334

Karen Weiss*
Assistant Governor 2008-2013
Early Act
lickiss@aol.com  |  386.956.8207

Susan Wischhusen
Spring Hill Rotary Club
District 6950, Zone 34 Coord.
Rotarian Action Group Against Child Slavery
rotarysusan@gmail.com  |  631.697.1804

Dr. Gretchen L. Espinetti
CART Fund, Chair
CART Fund - Coins for Alzheimer's Research Trust
Learn more about Rotary's CART Fund providing  dollars for innovated research to fight Alzheimer’s disease.
sunshineallaround@gmail.com  |  330-998-1955

Jim Samuelson
Shelter Box, 606 SW 3rd Ave., Ocala, FL 34471
Supported by Rotary ShelterBox USA is a nonprofit  organization dedicated to providing shelter, warmth and dignity to survivors of disaster and humanitarian crisis worldwide.
jim.samuelson@homeinstead.com  |  352-502-6585


The following speakers have been recommended by district club program committees. Each speaker has confirmed his or her interest in presenting to other clubs within the district. While most speakers are willing to travel to clubs throughout the district, a few restrict their travel where indicated below. 

If your club has recommendations for additions to the Speakers' Bureau, please contact the District Executive Secretary (see Contact).

Jennifer Mitchell
Office of Communications
St. Johns River Water Management District
Topic: The Future of Our Water Availability 
Email: jmitchell@sjrwmd.com  | 904-730-6283
Area: Northeast Florida
Website: www.sjrwmd.com

James Bennett
Urban Transportation, Development Manager
Florida Department of Transportation
Topic: Road projects going on (and about to start) in and around the Jacksonville areas.
Area: Duval and surrounding counties
james.bennett@dot.state.fl.us  |  904-360-5646

Jeff Davis
Topic: Strategic planning for small businesses
Area: Duval, Nassau, Clay, St. Johns
jeff@plantheattack.com  |  904-536-1518

Richard Willits
RC Southpoint, atttorney
• Top 10 things your mother never told you about the law.
• Our jury system
• Charles Ponzi and Ponzi schemes
• The Ashley Gang
rotaryrichard@hotmail.com  |  res. 904-834-2972 - cell 561-385-0027

Steven Woodard
Director of Emergency Preparedness
City of Jacksonville
Topic: Bracing for the Worst
Area: Duval
swoodard@coj.net  |  904.255.3123

Betsy Kruger
Owner, Strategic Power
Topic: Marketing strategy expert coaches business leaders using a system transform marketing strategy and magnify business.
info@betsykruger.com   |  386-253-2060

Donald Dymer
RC Jacksonjville Oceanside
Topic: The Trends and Myths of Employee Screening and Testing
ddymer@SingleSourceServices.com   |  904.241.1821

Lawrence M. Hills Jr.
Program Director
Topic: Teen & Truancy Court 4th Judicial Circuit: The effectiveness and success of the Teen and Truancy Court.
Area: Clay, Duval, Nassau
Lhills@coj.net  |  904.255.1030

Lynn Brannon
Florida Army National Guard
JFHQ Family Readiness Support
Topic: Florida National Guard Family Program offers a variety of volunteer opportunities to support and assist service members and families of the Florida National Guard.
lynn.b.brannon.ctr@mail.mil   |  904-599-2917

R. Charles Nichols, M.D.
Univ. Florida Radiation Oncology
Topic: The story and successes behind the Proton Beam Therapy being used at UF Health Proton Institute - Jacksonville
rnichols@floridaproton.org |  904-588-1800

Harlow A. Hyd
RC Deland
Topic: Climate Change emphasis on the historical and statistical record in North America, including both temperature and precipitation.
Hydes123@msn.com  |  386-748-2820