April 21, 2024 | Issue 42

A Great Week to be a Rotarian!

Tuesday April 16, 2024 was a very special day for Rotarians at the Port Orange-South Daytona Rotary Club and District 6970 at large.

I was privileged to be a part of a ceremony to recognize two members for their support of The Rotary Foundation and their induction to and elevation in the Arch Klump Society.  These are the highest levels of award recognition by The Rotary Foundation. It is rare to have multiple AKS members in the same club, let alone to be able to recognize them at the same time.

Andy and Molly Clark, long standing members of the club were inducted into the Arch Klumph Society-Trustees Circle. An honor that recognizes a gift of $250,000. Andy and Molly have always been dedicated to service through Rotary. Andy spoke about the benefits to their estate planning of giving to The Foundation. Andy was accompanied by his daughter Emma Clark. 

AKS members DS and Angela Patel were elevated into the Arch Klumph Society-Platinum Trustees Circle. This honor recognizes gifts totaling $2.5 million. DS and Angela are well-known in Rotary circles and their community for their generosity and commitment to the ideals of Rotary. They both spoke about their Rotary experiences as well as a recent trip to RI Headquarters in Evanston, IL. (see below)

Also participating were Past District Governor-Past District Foundation Chair Jeanette Loftus and Assistant Governor Area 8-District Major Gifts and Endowments Chair Hewitt Dupont.  Port Orange-South Daytona President Ben Eby and Foundation Chair Ann Martorano also assisted.

Other guests attending included Past District Governors Jeff Michelman, Rich Cooper, Mike Darragh, and Art MacQueen. Also, Assistant Governor Area 8 Serena Fisher, RC Edgewater President Peter Stanton, and RC Daytona Beach Service Projects Chair Adam Dovi.  

More details and photos of the event can be found at


John Tabor | District Governor 2023-2024

Rotary District 6970

From left:

AG Hewitt Dupont, Foundation Chair Ann Martorano, DG Tabor, Angela and DS Patel, Andy Clark, Emma Clark, Pres. Ben Eby

John Tabor

District Governor


May 3 - 4, 2024

District Conference

University Center

UNF, Jacksonville

The Rotary Foundation honored 25 donors during an Arch Klumph Society Weekend at Rotary International World Headquarters on 5-7 April. Honorees represented 4 countries including India, the Bahamas, the Philippines, and the United States.

Pictured at far right are DS and Angela Patel of RC Port Orange-South Daytona

Rotarians Attend Rotary Learning Institute

52 Rotarians participated in the Rotary Learning Institute sessions held Saturday, April 20 at Daytona State College in Palm Coast. Parts 1, 2 and 3 as well as Graduate Courses in Transforming Your Club and Membership were offered. Three new Discussion Leaders were certified including Kayla Ferriero-Thompson, who becomes the first Rotaractor certified in the District.

RLI Part 1

RLI Part 2

RLI Part 3

Graduate - Membership

Graduate - Transforming Your Club

Let’s make history together! 

Every donation this week helps obtain the vaccines, materials, transportation, and healthcare workers need to cross the finish line in the fight to #EndPolio

Register Now for the

2024 District Assembly and Conference!

Please join us for the 2024 District Training Assembly and Conference May 3-4.

The venue is the Herbert University Center on the campus of the University of North Florida 12000 Alumni Drive, Bldg 43 Jacksonville, FL 32224.

For a full schedule of events please go to the Conference Page on the District website.

Scotch Whisky Tasting

Do you drink Scotch Whiskey? Maybe you have - once, but would like to give it another try. Do you know what peat is, where it comes from, and why anyone would use it to make something that you drink? Do you know the difference between Islay and Speyside? Do you know how to pronounce Bunnahabhain?

Please join PDG George Robertson Burnett on Friday, May 3 at 5pm as he takes us on an educational, entertaining, and tasty adventure through the wonderful world of the national drink of his homeland.

The event will take place at the opening cocktail reception for the District Conference at UNF.

You can register on DacDB as part of the Conference registration. The fee is $60 and all proceeds will go to Polio Plus.


Patrick Eakes

Rotary International Director Elect 2024-26

PDG District 7690

RC Crescent (Greensboro), NC

Conference Keynote Speaker (Breakfast)

"The Value of Your Rotary Membership"

Kenneth Schuppert

RI President's Rep

Past Rotary Foundation Trustee

Past Vice Pres. Rotary International

Past Rotary International Director

PDG District 6860

RC Decatur, AL

Conference Keynote Speaker (Lunch)

"Create Hope in The World"

Yohani Kayinamura

RC Daytona Beach West

Conference Keynote Speaker (Morning)

"Orphan Aid, A Story of Love, Faith, and Service"

Barbara Spengler

PDG District 5130 (Northern California)

RC Lakewood Ranch, FL

Conference Keynote Speaker (Afternoon)

'The Power of Rotary"

George Robertson Burnett

PDG District 6890

RC Bartow, FL

Conference Keynote Speaker (Dinner)

"It's Rotary...You Can't Be Serious!"

Beaches Rotaract Hosts 'A Night at The Alhambra'

Tickets are now on sale for the Rotaract Club of Jacksonville’s Beaches annual “A Night at The Alhambra” benefit, to be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 2 at The Alhambra Theatre and Dining in Jacksonville. Proceeds from the event will benefit Here Tomorrow, a Neptune Beach-based nonprofit that provides mental health and suicide prevention services.

Attendees will enjoy a performance of the Jimmy Buffet-inspired musical “Escape to Margaritaville” along with a cocktail reception and a Caribbean-themed three-course dinner. The event will also feature a silent auction and a 50/50 raffle. 

Tickets are $75 each and may be purchased online; event sponsorships are also available. For tickets or more information, visit

Contact: Joe Bove | 904-303-4225 |

District 6970 Dinner in Singapore

Singapore Convention District 6970 Dinner

Tuesday May 28, 2024 6pm

Block 1206 East Coast Parkway

#01-07/08, East Coast Seafood Centre


If you are attending the International Convention, please make plans to join D6970 Rotarians for dinner at the world renowned Jumbo Seafood (East Coast Location).

Thanks to Convention Chair DGN Dale Moe for making the arrangements for what is sure to be a memorable fellowship and culinary experience.

If you are registered for the Convention you will soon receive a personal invitation and a link to conveniently pre-pay for your reservation.

If you are not yet registered for the Convention and plan to attend, what are you waiting for?

Please direct any questions to DGN Dale at:

Meet your District Leadership

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Jim Troiano

Assistant Governor - Membership Area 9

RC Palatka

Past President (RC High Springs, RC Flagler County)

Rotarian 27 years

Jim Troiano was asked to join Rotary in 1997 when he became a member of the Rotary Club of High Springs. Through working as a director and being active in club activities, Jim was later elected president and was a long-time volunteer at the Gainesville Wild Game Feast. Jim moved from High Springs and was later accepted as a member of the Rotary Club of Flagler County. He served in many roles before becoming president in 2016. Following his tenure as president and after serving for a short period of time as an assistant district governor for PDG Jeannette Loftus, Jim moved from Flagler County and for a brief time, became a member of the Rotary Club of Winter Springs (District 6980). After moving back to North Florida, Jim joined the Rotary Club of Palatka where he serves today as a member and board of director. 


Jim is a highly motivated professional with a master’s degree in public administration and 30+ years of progressive leadership and experience in law enforcement, as well as state and county governmental service. He is very active in the Putnam County community, as well as with revitalization and development in and around Palatka. Jim is married to Denise and collectively, they have five children and three grandchildren. He is an avid boater and enjoys biking, hiking and saltwater fishing.

Did You Miss RLI?

Registration for the next session is open

Saturday August 10

Santa Fe College - Charles L Blount Center

530 W University Ave

Gainesville, FL 32601


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