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Rotary names first woman president

Evanston-based Rotary International today announced the selection of Jennifer Jones, a Rotary member from Windsor, Ontario, as the group’s president for 2022-23. It’s the first time in the group’s 115-year history that a woman has been named president.

“We know that Rotary is a place where leaders and those with the vision and drive to create change can thrive,” Jones said in a statement. “And such leaders are found from every age, gender, race and background. Diversity, equity and inclusion should begin at the top, and for us to welcome new leaders into our organization and expand our ability to make an impact, we need to build stronger bridges that help everyone see themselves reflected, celebrated and valued here in Rotary.”

Jones said she’s proud of the way Rotarians have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic. So far, Rotary has provided $29.7 million to support clubs in their response to COVID-19, with projects ranging from large-scale, transformative activities such as providing medical equipment to hospitals to small-scale, short-term activities like purchasing thermometers, protective medical gear, or other items for frontline medical professionals.

“Years ago, I asked one of our incoming presidents what he wanted his legacy to be. He very quickly told me he wasn’t interested in building a legacy and that he was interested in getting to work,” said Jones. “Those words have always stuck with me, and I too simply want to get down to work.”

Jones is the founder and president of Media Street Productions Inc., a 25-year-old media company in Windsor.

She has served as trustee of the Rotary Foundation, Rotary International vice president and co-chair of the End Polio Now: Make History Today campaign.

She also chaired the advisory group that crafted Rotary’s rebranding effort. Jones is married to Rotarian Nick Krayacich, a family physician.

Jones is one of three women on Rotary’s 15-member board of trustees.

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