Jennifer Jones Makes History, Becomes 1st Woman Rotary International President  

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Jennifer E. Jones
Jennifer E. Jones

By Amin Kef (Ranger)

The immediate past District Governor of Rotary Sierra Leone, Rotarian Christo Forster and the past Assistant Governor, Rotarian Adonis Abboud of the Rotary Club Freetown Sunset revealed that Jennifer E. Jones, a member of the Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland, Ontario, Canada, has been nominated to become Rotary International’s President for the years, 2022-23, a groundbreaking selection that will make her the first woman to hold that office in the organization’s 115-year history.

She will officially become President-nominee on the 1st October if no other candidates challenge her.

This medium also was reliably informed that on the 8th September, 2022   she will be hosting a special lunch in Abidjan, Ivory Coast for 225 Rotarians, who are considered to be major donors, and the Sierra Leone’s Rotary will be in attendance.

It was revealed that the Sierra Leone Rotary has contributed tremendously in various sectors namely Hygiene & Sanitation as it has made significant in-roads or gains towards enhancing health care in the country as well as in providing mobility support to disable persons, provided protection for domestic animals such as giving Anti-Rabies vaccines to 10,000 stray dogs.

Commendably, the largest project that Rotary Sierra Leone has implemented is the ‘Water is Life’ as it has over a period of 12 years constructed 160 water wells thus  helping more than 350.000 people nationwide to access  clean water.

It must be noted that the Project is still ongoing totaling $.1.3 million through the partnership of  the Indianapolis Rotary Club of Fishers although a generous part of the cost was provided by Sierra Leone Rotarians who are devoted and determined to continue their voluntary work .

Further disclosed that Rotary International was and remains in the forefront against the fight of polio with a contribution of   $.1.3 billion

According to, Jennifer E. Jones, she sees Rotary’s Action Plan as a catalyst for increasing Rotary’s impact.

“As we reflect upon our new strategic priorities, we could have never envisioned that our ability to adapt would become our North Star during what is inarguably the most profound time in recent history,” Jones said in her vision statement. “Silver linings rise out of the most challenging circumstances. Using metric-driven goals, I will harness this historic landscape to innovate, educate, and communicate opportunities that reflect today’s reality.”

As the first woman to be nominated to be President, it was revealed that Jones understands how important it is to follow through on Rotary’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Statement.

“I believe that diversity, equity, and inclusion … begins at the top and for us to realize growth in female membership and members under the age of forty — these demographics need to see their own reflection in leadership,” Jones said. “I will champion double-digit growth in both categories while never losing sight of our entire family.”

Jones is founder and president of Media Street Productions Inc., an award-winning media company in Windsor. She was chair of the Board of Governors of the University of Windsor and Chair of the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce.

She has been recognized for her service with the YMCA Peace Medallion, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, and Wayne State University’s Peacemaker of the Year Award, a first for a Canadian. Jones holds a Doctor of Laws (LL.D.).

Jones has been a Rotary member since 1997 and has served Rotary as RI Vice President, Director, Training Leader, Committee Chair, moderator, and District Governor. She played a lead role in Rotary’s rebranding effort by serving as chair of the Strengthening Rotary’s Advisory Group. She is the co-chair of the End Polio Now Countdown to History Campaign Committee, which aims to raise $150 million for polio eradication efforts.

Jones recently led the successful #RotaryResponds telethon, which raised critical funds for COVID-19 relief and was viewed by more than 65,000. Jones has also received Rotary International’s Service Above Self Award and The Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service. She and her husband, Nick Krayacich, are members of The Rotary Foundation’s Arch Klumph Society, Paul Harris Society, and the Bequest Society.

 

 

 

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