Daytona Beach West

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Thursdays at 7:30 am
Daytona Beach Int'l Airport
Volusia Room (upstairs)
Send mail to: PO Box 9607
Daytona Beach, FL 32120-9607


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Week 30. Rotary Minute for week beginning January 26, 2015.
What you can expect at our combined District Conference and Assembly? The basics you already 
know: It’s May 8th through May 10th at the Flagler College Campus in St. Augustine. Here’s what you 
may not know:
Friday May 8th: Arrive early to a light continental breakfast, registration and set-up for the House of 
Friendship. Next get fired up at various morning sessions. Following the morning sessions, bask in the 
glorious and historic Ponce de Leon Hall for our awards luncheon featuring two outstanding guest 
speakers: • Dr. Ben Bahr, Ph.D. is the William C. Friday Chair and Professor at the Biotechnology 
Research and Training Center – University of North Carolina-Pembroke. He is an 
internationally recognized expert on age-related, neuro-degenerative disorders and received the 
James E. Holshouser Jr. Award for Excellence in Public Service from the UNC Board of 
Governors. Today, as many as 5.4 million Americans live with Alzheimer's, the most common 
form of dementia. Experts predict that by 2050, without an effective treatment, the number of 
Americans with Alzheimer's will double, and related health care costs could soar to $1 trillion a 
year. Dr. Bahr’s topic will be a good one for Rotarians to consider after we end Polio and look 
to our next global challenge. 
• Devin Thorpe is an author, advisor and writes articles for Forbes magazine on social 
entrepreneurship and impact investing. Devin focuses on helping those doing good in the world
– a self-proclaimed "champion of social good." His books on personal finance and 
crowdfunding draw on his entrepreneurial finance experience as an investment banker, CFO, 
treasurer, and mortgage broker. He helps people use financial resources to do good. He 
previously worked on the U.S. Senate Banking committee staff and earned an MBA at Cornell.
Doing good and finding the funds to do that good is a perfect topic for Rotarians!
After lunch we’ll hear more from our two guest presenters, as well as other sessions of interest to all
Rotarians. Then, plan on a delightful fellowship reception in the Flagler Courtyard with tasty treats 
and libations. From there, head out into the evening for dinner with your Rotary friends at one of the 
many outstanding restaurants in St. Augustine.
Saturday May 9th: This will be just like previous District Assemblies, only it will take place in St. 
Augustine instead of Palatka. DGE Fel will be providing us with more detail soon, having just 
returned from his District Governor training at International Assembly in San Diego. What I can tell 
you now is that it will conclude right after the traditional BBQ lunch provided by the fabulous 
Foundation Fryers. After lunch, enjoy your afternoon with a number of planned activities we’ll be 
announcing soon. Maybe even a Rotary Pub Crawl to quaff a few led by our own DGN Marshall! For 
he is a jolly good fellow!!
Sunday May 10th: Enjoy breakfast on your own and then join us for an interfaith worship and 
memorial service. We’ll wrap up with an open session to hear what Rotarians in District 6970 have to 
say. After that we hope to organize groups to head out together for lunch to celebrate Mother’s Day. 
Who knows – maybe even a large water taxi ride up the river to Caps!
Event Reminders:
February 7: Our second Rotary Leadership Institute will be conducted at SJRSC – O.P Campus.
March 5-7: Florida Multi-District President-Elect Training Seminar (PETS) in Orlando, FL. 
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.
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 
smiley $$
July                              Grass Roots Giving    
August                         Avenues 12 Recovery House 
September                   Wings of Hope Foundation
October                       Duvall Home
November                    Family Renew
December                    WORC (Client Outings)
January                       Pace Center for Girls
February                      Halifax Urban Ministries
March                          Rotary Foster Care Coalition Inspiration Grant Program
April                             Melanoma Foundation -Walk for Research
May                             Domestic Abuse
June                            Camp Winona – Camper Scholarship
Daytona State College
Monday, 4:00 to 5:30 pm
Building 130 (Cafeteria), Room 154


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