Daytona Beach West

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


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Week 24. Rotary Minute for week beginning December 15, 2014.
As you know, every 4th week is recap time for the previous three weeks, so here we go!

Week 21: A shout-out to Brent Coates who was selected last week by our District Nominating 
Committee to serve as District Governor for the 2017-2018 Rotary year. Brent is a member of the
Rotary Club of Palatka Sunrise and has served in a number of District positions…  An FYI that in mid 
November several of our District leaders attended the Zone 33/34 Institute in Asheville, North 
Carolina…  And a thanks to all of the volunteers who interviewed our RYE outbound applicants. 

Week 22: A reminder that December is Family month – a time to celebrate and appreciate family in 
its many connotations. You were encouraged to expand our celebration and appreciation of family to 
include the Family of Rotary – those we serve, as well as those who help us serve. You were also 
encouraged, if appropriate, to include Interact and Rotaract members in your holiday meetings and 
events. Good thoughts to keep in mind as we consider what family means to us personally, to our 
clubs and to Rotary.

Week 23: Notification to start thinking about the awards that will be presented at our District 
Conference in May. And an alert that R.I. President Gary C.K. Huang has revamped the Presidential 
Citation during his year to make it more challenging. Preparing for this award will strengthen your
club…  SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: On the subject of awards, please note that PDG Brent 
Williams received the E.T. and Vam York Service Above Self award last week. The award ceremony 
took place at his home club, Rotary Club of Gainesville, with several Past and future District 
Governors in attendance. A link to the video of the ceremony can be found on our District’s website.

Event Reminders:
December 17: The Big Reveal, where the RYE outbound students find out the country they have 
been assigned for their year of study. Event takes place at 6:30pm at Westminster Woods where the 
Rotary Club of Bartram Trail meets.

February 7: Our second Rotary Leadership Institute will be conducted at the Orange Park Campus of 
St. Johns River State College. 

May 8-10: District Conference and Assembly at the Flagler College campus in St. Augustine.
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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