Calendar of Events

January 20, 2015


Our Contest this year has grown to include 5 of our District's Rotary clubs with more than 20 high schools sending representatives.  Each school has selected winners from an in-house competition and they will go to their participating area Rotary clubs to compete in a semi-final event for a $500 scholarship. Winners from each of the Rotary club competitions will move on to the final event being held on February 12 at the Adam Herbert UNF Conference Center with a chance to win the $4,000 first prize.  

The final event (Feb 12) will be a dinner from 7pm-9pm and will be hosted by Channel 4's Mary Baer and WEJZ's Arthur Crofton.  

This Tuesday, we will be hosting a semi-final competition among students from Bishop Kenny, Bolles, Episcopal and Wolfson High Schools.  Each school will be bringing 8 guests including the student who will give the speech.  Please be sure to welcome them to our meeting so they feel comfortable.

As you know our club has raised the funds to support this project through generous contributions from our sponsors.  121 Financial Credit Union and  UF Proton Therapy Institute have each contributed sizable donations to make this event possible. 

As in past years, all Rotarians in attendance are judges and will use a scoring rubric to vote for their favorite speech.  The winner will be announced before the end of the meeting.

Rotary of South Jacksonville - Upcoming Events Calendar

January 29 - Wine Tasting Event
Feb 7 - Rotary Leadership Institute 
Feb 12 - Speech Contest at Adam Herbert UNF Conference Center
May 8-10 - District Conference and Assembly 

Wine Tasting

Sign up now for the Wine Tasting Event on January 29th. This event is just around the corner so you have only 2 more chances to sign up.  Don't miss out on this opportunity for fellowship with Rotarians and Rotaractors!

Sign-up sheet available each week at the meeting

WHEN: Thursday, January 29th from 6:00 – 8:00PM

WHERE: The River Club     1 Independent Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32202

COST: $25 per person, includes wine and heavy hors d'oeuvres

Rotary Members may bring a guest (prospective member, spouse)

WHAT: Wine Tasting, Food & Fellowship

Wait staff will assist with other drinks at the expense of each attendee other than water which will be available at no charge.

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Mobile Health Clinic

 The Mobile Health Clinic Bus Committee continues to meet and is making 
progress  towards its end goal - of getting a Bloodmobile to Haiti.

Our International Exchange Student - Pierre Vidal
             Please include Pierre in local activities and events while he is here - 1-904-307-3806

Minutarian Minute Week 29
January is Rotary Awareness month. So I will use this theme to introduce a new word:
Rotatunistic – a combination of the words “Rotary” and “opportunistic”. Rotatunistic would be defined as the propensity of a Rotarian, or group of Rotarians, to be aware solely for the purpose of recognizing and seizing an opportunity to advance the mission of Rotary in a major way. A good example of this recently took place when two intelligent and enterprising Rotarians from our District sat in the owner’s box with Shad Kahn at a Jaguars game. They left the owner’s box with tickets for two club seats, donated by Jags owner Shad Kahn, for this year’s Super Bowl in Phoenix. Next, along with a few other talented Rotarians in our District, a plan was hatched to auction these tickets. The proceeds from this auction will go to the End Polio Now campaign. By being Rotatunistic, the efforts of these Rotarians will likely result in an additional $20,000 to $30,000 going toward the End Polio Now campaign!

Being Rotatunistic starts with an awareness for Rotary. What better time of the year than January, Rotary Awareness month, for all of us to become more Rotatunistic!

Event Reminders:

February 7: Our second Rotary Leadership Institute will be conducted at the Orange Park Campus of St. Johns River State College. Be there for the information, for the fellowship and fun, and for the outrageously good gourmet food! Yum!!!

March 5-7: Florida Multi-District President-Elect Training Seminar (PETS) in Orlando, FL. PETS is also open to Rotaract Presidents-Elect and club leaders – sponsoring clubs should sign them up.

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. We will be conducting the Conference on Friday, the Assembly on Saturday and enjoying some fun and fellowship on Sunday – at least until noon.

For more on these and all other events in District 6970, please go to 
Yours in service to Rotary,

District Governor 2014-2015
Rotary International District 6970