RI President 2022-23 Jennifer
Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland
Dear Fellow Rotarians, Rotaractors, and friends,
Jennifer Jones is the founder and president of Media Street
Productions, an award-winning 27-year-old media company in Windsor,
Ontario. She is a member of the Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland.
Jennifer's talents have strengthened Rotary's reach and impact as
she has served in roles including vice president, director, Rotary
Foundation trustee, and co-chair of the End Polio Now: Make History
Today fundraising campaign.
Jennifer is a leader in cultivating experiential fundraising opportunities,
such as a day of golfing with Rotary polio ambassador Jack Nicklaus
in Jupiter, Florida, USA, that raised over $5.25 million for polio
eradication. She also led the innovative #RotaryResponds virtual
event in May 2020, which raised money for COVID-19 relief projects
and showcased how Rotary members were responding to the pandemic
around the world.
Working alongside political figures, celebrities, and global leaders,
Jennifer has raised awareness and hundreds of millions of dollars
to eradicate disease, support peace, and provide clean water and
sanitation. An expert storyteller, she inspires hope and promise
and motivates people to take action.
She has received the Service Above Self Award and The Rotary Foundation
Citation for Meritorious Service. She holds a Doctor of Laws (LL.D.)
and has been recognized with the YMCA Peace Medal and the Queen's
Diamond Jubilee Medal, and she was the first Canadian to receive
Wayne State University's Community Peacemaker Award.
Jennifer is married to Rotary member Nick Krayacich, a family physician.
They share a love for travel, cycling, golf, and relaxing at their
family cottage, in addition to adventures such as climbing to the
summit of Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.
Jennifer and Nick support The Rotary Foundation as members of the
Arch Klumph Society, Paul Harris Society, and Bequest Society.
Trustee Chair's Message - July
Trustee Chair 2022-23
Sandringham, Victoria, Australia,
As an accountant, I look at the world through the
lens of inputs and outputs. We can plan with precision
today for success tomorrow. My profession also taught
me that numbers — those inputs and outputs —
can sometimes tell great stories.
One of those stories is The Rotary Foundation: What
it has given the world, starting from a modest input
of $26.50, is nothing short of remarkable.
In 1918, that amount — the surplus from that
year’s Rotary Convention in Kansas City, Missouri
— was applied, at the suggestion of 1916-17
Rotary President Arch Klumph, to a fund with the purpose
of doing good in the world. The fund grew modestly
until 1947, when Rotary founder Paul Harris died and
donations poured in as a tribute to him. That year,
the Foundation supported scholarships for 18 students
— the first indication of the greatness to come.
Later the Foundation expanded, providing programs,
like Group Study Exchange, and humanitarian grants,
which impacted the lives of members and communities
around the world. In 1979, a major grant helped immunize
6.3 million children in the Philippines against polio,
which led to the establishment of PolioPlus in 1985.
Rotary’s work with polio eradication —
helping reduce wild polio from an estimated 1,000
cases daily in 1988 to just six total cases in 2021
— has been one of the most ambitious humanitarian
projects ever undertaken by a nongovernmental body.
That success story alone shows the significance and
widespread impact of Rotary and its Foundation.
Perhaps what is even more remarkable is that polio
eradication is but one part of the Foundation’s
Today, the Foundation has grown into a multimillion-dollar
charity. Our robust funding model allows districts
the flexibility to choose which Rotary aspects they
would like to support — polio eradication, scholarships,
district grants, global grants, and more. Today’s
Foundation impacts the world through disaster relief,
disease prevention, peace education, and other areas.
Everyone in Rotary is part of this great legacy; it
is our responsibility to keep it going. This year,
the trustees have set the goal of raising $430 million.
I know the expectations are high. But I also know
just how much our members can achieve.
To get there, we will work together as we always do,
with each club and individual giving what they can.
In this way, we will ensure that we meet our ambitious
but achievable goal and move our Foundation forward.
Ian H.S. Riseley
Trustee Chair 2022-23
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