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Minutarian Week 40: April 4, 2022

April Showers bring May Flowers. Actually, there was a lot of rain we just had and I’m not sure the flowers are going to be able to wait until May. Here we are in April, rounding the final turn of our Rotary year.

An Update on Our Ukraine Relief Efforts

A total of $20,000 in cash donations has been collected into the 501(c)(3) York Foundation, Inc. from the D6970 Family of Rotary so far and has already been sent to the Rotary team in Warsaw, Poland to assist in their multitude of humanitarian initiatives. This is in addition to The Rotary Foundation Ukraine Disaster Relief Program that is also underway and as of Friday has collected over $74,000 according to PDG Jeanette Loftus!

Body armor has been donated by the Rotarians in Gainesville Sunrise and has already been delivered to aid workers in Ukraine.

A 747 cargo plane has been made available to our District 6970 Emergency & Disaster Relief-Recovery Committee for the movement of large amounts of medical and other critical supplies to be flown from Louisville, Kentucky to Warsaw, Poland during the week of 11 April 2022.

If you have access to significant amounts of medicine, food, hygiene, or bedding supplies, please contact or text (904) 534-0035 so that arrangements can be made to bring items to a centralized warehouse at 29 South Arlington Road, Jacksonville, FL 32216.

It’s requested that the donated supplies be in the warehouse on the morning of Thursday, April 7th, so that they can be palletized and inventoried so that the transit papers are prepared before sending to the Louisville Airport in time for the Monday 11 April cargo flight to Warsaw, Poland.

As always, Rotarians are there to help and ensure that 100% of our donations are utilized to fund and provide assistance where and when needed.

Ahoy Maties!  The District Conference and Assembly is just around the corner. Reserve your room by 4/7 to get the hotel discount.

Welcome to District 6970’s District Training Assembly and Conference at the Hyatt in Downtown Jacksonville located at 225 E Coastline Dr. on Friday, April 29th. Our Training Assembly begins at 11:00 a.m. with several great training opportunities and will be followed by a FUN Conference Launch Party. We’ll set sail for a day of inspiration and fun on Saturday, April 30th, at 8:00 a.m. for breakfast and plenary sessions start at 9:00 a.m., as we explore all that Rotary has to offer.

The deadline to reserve conference pricing for hotel rooms is on Thursday, April 7th.

Peg legs, parrots, and chests of gold await all ye who dare.

Here’s the link to register (hotel info, too) for this fantastic line up of Rotary training for club officers, board members, foundation chairs, and all Rotarians who are interested. Come for the training and stay for the fellowship and FUN!

Sign up today at

The Next Rotary Leadership Institute is Coming to Deland!

May 14, 2022 at Daytona State College
1155 County Road 4139, Deland FL 32724

Register on DACdb at Go to the calendar, then May 14th or sign up at and scroll to May 14th.

Upcoming Events in our District

The Rotary Club of South Jacksonville brings you a “Night that you’ll never forget!”
Casino Royale Fundraiser, Saturday May 7th.
To purchase tickets –

The Rotary Club of Ponte Vedra would like you to join them on May 22nd for their 8th annual Rubber Ducky Regatta. Follow the link below for more information. Ducky Regatta 2022/Rotary Club of Ponte Vedra-Rubber Ducky Regatta 2022-Save the Date-FINAL.docx

The Rotary Club of Fleming Island- Rotary Bike Ride, August 27th.

Pic of the Week:

Thanks to a grant from Rotary District 6970, the Green Cove Springs Rotary, and Rotary Clubs throughout Clay County, The Way Free Medical Clinic has a new patient reception area with pandemic-ready furniture, large video monitor, and attractive décor. Rotary Clubs across the world support projects such as ours that address critical issues such as the lack of access to affordable healthcare.

Service Above Self,