With more than 1.2 million members in more than 34,000 clubs worldwide, Rotary International is committed to Service Above Self. And here on The First Coast, the 61 clubs that make up Rotary District 6970 are living out that commitment.
As an organization Rotary International works with many leading organizations and educational institutions in carrying out its worldwide humanitarian efforts, with a major emphasis on eradicating polio.
Rotary District 6970 has brought the focus on health close to home by working on many different local projects. One such project was the purchase of a new mobile health unit for St. Vincent’s Medical center allowing more people access to healthcare than would otherwise be able to receive it.
Another major initiative is working with the PET (Personal Energy Transportation)Project. Located in Penny Farms, Florida, this site provides a free “Gift of Mobility” to people who cannot use their legs for transportation.
At McGirts Creek Park on the Westside, the Rotary Club of West Jacksonville built the Lew Brantley Field to meet the unique needs of people with disabilities. It is paved with asphalt and overlaid with rubber to provide safety and maneuverability for the physically disabled. Westside Rotarians collected cash and in-kind donations of nearly $200,000 for the project.
Rotary members coming together to serve our community and beyond are the embodiment of the Tillie Kidd Fowler spirit of service – the award they will be presented with at the April 19th Celebrate!GOOD event.