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Minutarian Week 24: December 12, 2022

What a fun week of Rotary service and fellowship as we began at Fletcher High School’s Interact Fundraiser for Canines for Warriors and ended with club visit 64 at the Rotary Club of Bellview.

What a wonderful celebration of Fletcher Interact’s continuing commitment to Canines for Warriors with Interactor Katelyn Slaveski, Warrior John and his service dog Henry and Fletcher Interact Past President, Beaches Rotaractor and Canines for Warriors Coordinator Elizabeth Reeger.

With the first ever Membership Summit at Daytona State College in Palm Coast around the corner, have you signed up? It is 9am-12:30pm (Continental Breakfast and fellowship begins at 8am) on Saturday January 28. Cost is $25 and speakers will include Past Rotary International Director Jeffry Cadorette; Aide to Rotary International President Nominee Stephanie Urchick, Tom Gump; and Zone 33/34 Regional Membership Officer, Audley Knight. Seating will be limited so sign up now.

On Monday January 16, 2023, the Zone 33/34 membership team will be hosting a Zoom on how to Become an Irresistible Club.

We recently sent another $25,000 check to Ukraine to purchase generators as well as $21,600 in disaster funding to help the Rotary Clubs of SW Florida help residents recover from Hurricane Ian from Your District’s York Foundation. Both payments included large donations by several very generous Rotarians in the District. As many of you engage in tax planning over the next few weeks and are making Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs) and considering charitable contributions, we hope that you will consider contributing either to The Rotary or York Foundations. With your support, we can do even more good in the world.

On Wednesday December 14 at 10am there will be a quarterly Zoom meeting to discuss our Empowering Girls initiative. Feel free to attend and if you would like to get involved in the District 6970 Empowering Girls initiatives initiative, contact the District Chair Megan Madrid Kinhofer.

RYLA 2023 has a new format. We are hoping that every club will sponsor 2 students. Has your club completed the pledge form? The effort is being led by the District Youth Services Committee, Chaired by Lt. Governor Michael Bruce. Cost will be $150 per participant and will include:

  • Act I—Saturday March 25 in person 8am-4:30pm, Keynote Speaker Jade Gordon (including a food packing event with Rotarians). Beachside HS, St. Augustine.
  • Act II—Saturday April 15 Zoom 9-1pm.
  • Act III—Saturday May 13 in person 8-4:30pm, Keynote Speaker Orion Jean (this will be running parallel to our District Conference and will separate presentations from District Conference speakers).

The Zones 33-34 You’ve Been Served Event will be February 23 to April 23, 2022. This event is designed to be a collaborative event that brings together clubs, Rotaractors, Interactors and Rotarians to demonstrate Rotary’s motto of Service Above Self by performing random acts of kindness and good deeds in their local communities. What an appropriate moment in time to serve others with Kindness! #rotaryserves  #you’vebeenserved. Don’t forget to get with your Public Image Chair and/or District Public Image Chair Amy Workowski to let everyone know what your club has done.

On March 25 we will be doing District Grant Training followed by a food packing event, both at Beachside High School in St. Augustine. We will follow this with Scotch & Wine Tastings at a separate location in St. Augustine. Details will be forthcoming.

Tickets are still available for the January 8 Jaguars game. Buy your tickets today. Don’t forget, you can donate to a student or veteran. A group of us had a chance to celebrate Rotary Fellowship together. There were two Rotary games this year and the Jaguars played great. Although it may be a stretch to suggest causality, I will leave it to you!

Pictures of the Week
A nice conversation with the Rotary Club of Palm Coast with Chris Hall, President John Sullivan, Assistant Governor Maralee Walsh McDaniel, and District Governor Nominee Mickey Ulmer.

The Rotary Club of Interlachen and the Lakes Region is the “Little Engine That Could” of Rotary District 6970. I am always impressed with how much they do for their community. Thanks President Andrew Tyson, Past Presidents Kris Hilliard and Larry Harvey for the hospitality. Thanks, Leah Lundy for reading the Minutarian. Your club is certainly in the know!!

Maureen and I had an awesome time at the Seafood Spectacular sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of Gainesville. Thanks for inviting us Presidents Greg Young, Pamela Gretter and Bree Guiterman. It was great to see Past District Governor Wes Eubanks and Ed Book.