Posted by Gary O'Rielly on May 09, 2022
Our program on Friday, May 6th was a video of Rotary International-President Elect Jennifer Jones talking about the power of relationships and Rotary as she and her husband moved to RI headquarters for the next two years.   
 
Shortly after moving into her office at RI headquarters, she received a message from a Rotarian in Hamburg, Germany who mentioned that they had met during a previous visit. He was asking for help in getting a scholar in Kabul, Afghanistan on an evacuation list as soon as possible. Working through several Rotary contacts, the scholar was added to the evacuation list and headed to a European country in a very brief period. The power of Rotary in action.
 
The President-Elect talked about her experience as a journalist, grabbing history was the Berlin Wall was being torn down and 25 years later, November 09, 2014, meeting a reporter who was reporting on the anniversary of the Wall being torn down and sharing the experience of world peace.  Removing barriers, highlighting inclusion, and referencing Paul Harris, comments at the 24th RI convention in 1933:
 
Although the picture quality lacks, the message is important as referenced by President-Elect Jennifer Jones referencing the comments in 1933 at the 24th Annual Rotary International Convention. The message she delivered was clear: Engage all our members in our daily activities and projects carrying the message of Rotary into our communities around the world. The importance of Rotary is diversity, equity, and inclusion which she referenced often during her video.
 
Here is the link to President-Elect Jennifer Jones video:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKGdE6D6oiE.
 
Here is the link to our YouTube meeting recording: https://youtu.be/fTTV3ok3Geg
 
Here is President-Elect Jones background: Very impressive.
 
Jennifer E. Jones, a member of the Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland, Ontario, Canada, will become Rotary International’s President for 2022-23, a groundbreaking selection that will make her the first woman to hold that office in the organization’s 115-year history.

Jones says 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 president, 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 (LLD).
 
A current Rotary Foundation trustee, 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.