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Minutarian Week 46: May 15, 2023

This very special week in the district began with District Governor-Elect John Tabor visiting the Interact Club of Fleming Island High School and presenting them with the Zone 34 Interact Award..

On Saturday, 92 RYLArians completed RYLA in Three Acts at Ketterlinus Elementary School as they listened to speakers from the District Conference.

On Friday, Past District Governor of District 5230 Shirley Grace, who is Past President of the Rotary Club of Fresno, CA and was representing Rotary International President Jennifer Jones, opened the District Training Assembly, helping us all to Imagine Rotary.

There were a variety of sessions aimed at preparing this year’s leaders and in this session, District Governor-Elect John Tabor and District Membership Chair Katherine Batenhorst are discussing the importance of Membership with the Assistant Governors.

Rotary International Trustee Dean Rohrs is giving Hewitt Dupont from the Rotary Club of Port Orange/South Daytona,  his Major Donor Level III recognition pin.

In a complete surprise presentation, District Trainer Marie Turnbull was awarded the 2022-23 Service Award for a Polio-free World and District Graints Chair, Past District Governor Rich Turnbull, received the Citation for Meritorious Service from Rotary International Trustee Dean Rohrs.

Assistant Governor Charles Miller from the Rotary Club of New Smyrna Beach led the live auction to raise money to End Polio and raised over $12,000.

Art and Theresa Shuster are thanked for their hard work behind the scenes, making the District Training Assembly and Conference a success.

Kristin Keen gave a head-on presentation about the growing problem of Human Trafficking in Northeast Florida, in particular.

After her presentation, Master of Ceremonies Eustachius Roberts joined Kristin Keen and her team to raise money for Rethreaded.

Past District Governor for District 7620 Dr. Geetha Jayaram framed the importance of Understanding our Mental Health Crisis.

Although Astronaut and Retired Marine Corps. Colonel Bob Spring explained how NASA recovered after the Challenger tragedy by assessing the problems and fixing them. He also explained how you go to the bathroom in space—it seems that this is a common question!

Jacob Atem, Ph.D. from the Rotary Club of Gainesville took us through his journey as one of the Lost Boys in Sudan and how we can help in the current crisis in Sudan which is forcing refugees into South Sudan. Master of Ceremonies Eustachius Roberts presented Jacob with a photo essay of St. Augustine and a check to the Southern Sudan Healthcare Organization (SSHCO) as a thank you for speaking.

Past District Governor Shirley Grace reminded us why we are Rotarians.

Rotary Foundation Trustee Dean Rohrs gave us clear examples of how our contributions to the Rotary Foundation facilitate us Doing Amazing Good in the World.

We had to wait a little to finish up as Orion Jean’s Aunt, Uncle and Grandparents arrived from Jacksonville to hear Orion Speak present on Kindness. This was the first time they had ever been in his audience and Orion told me that this made him more nervous than when he was speaking to 10,000 people in Houston at the Rotary International Convention. What a Mother’s Day gift!

Orion Jean is truly wise beyond his years and makes me ashamed to be an adult.

This year’s District Conference Co-Chairs Past District Governors John Brunner and Bill Griffin provided amazing leadership to bring this weekend together.

District Trainer Marie Turnbull provided insight and hard work into making all training activities in the district happen for the past two years.

We did a soft handoff to District Governor John Tabor. John’s official installation will take place at the Rotary Club of Orange Park Sunrise on July 7.

The after party was a blast as we celebrated at St. Augustine Fish Camp with Past District Governor Shirley Grace and Trustee Dean Rohrs.

We hope that everyone enjoyed a Happy Mothers’ Day with that special Mother in your life.

Thank you to the over 230 people who attended this year’s District Training Assembly and Conference. We hope to see you at the Adam Herbert University Center on the University of North Florida Campus on May 3rd and 4th, 2024.