You are never too young to change the world

Originally posted on Rotary Voices:

RI Director Celia Elena Cruz De Giay (left) and RI President Ron Burton present a certificate to Lucia Gomez Garcia during the Presidential New Generations Conference in Rosario, Argentina.

RI Director Celia Elena Cruz De Giay (left) and RI President Ron Burton recognize Lucia Gomez Garcia during the Presidential New Generations Conference in Rosario, Argentina.

By RI Director Celia Elena Cruz De Giay, Rotary Club of Arrecifes, Buenos Aires, Argentina

When RI President Ron Burton asked me to convene one of his five Presidential New Generations Conferences, I was thrilled with the idea. I know firsthand the potential our youth represent, especially after accompanying my husband, Luis Vicente, as President of Rotary International in 1996-97, as we took part in 21 Presidential Conferences for New Generations around the world that year. Luis’ vision for youth set the stage for Rotary International’s support of New Generations and the creation of Rotary clubs composed of young people.

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Today marks 10 years since the Rotaract Club of New Kingston (NKRC) was chartered under the sponsorship of our parent club the Rotary Club of New Kingston. The club was chartered on April 1, 2004 under the leadership of Charter President Marsha Smikle. Since then the club has seen tremendous growth and made numerous service milestones in Jamaica and District 7020.  From our signature projects life Feeding the Homeless and assisting with the JFLL program at Saxthorpe Methodist to our newer initiatives such as the Wing Sauce competition, NKRC has proven to be a very multifaceted organization that caters to not only the needs of our society but also members. We are a family of young professionals using our knowledge and skill set to positively impact the future of our nations.

Fellowship is an important part of NKRC and it is our knack for fellowship that has lead to numerous collaborations with Rotaract & Rotary Clubs within and outside District 7020. 

We have also produced strong leaders which is the leading contributor to the numerous members of NKRC who have be selected or nominated to served our district in various capacities. Our current District Rotaract Representative (head Rotaract in District 7020) is Past President Julie Ramchandani and we currently have five members serving under her able leadership. 

We have won a few awards over the years because of the excellent activities we have been able to implement:

—2011-2012 Bronze Award Recipient —

2011-2012 Best  Club Service Award —

2012-2013 First Quarter Silver Award —

2012-2013 Gold Award Recipient

 2014 Zone 34 Public Image Citation

As we celebrate this milestone, we look forward to continuing to strive for excellence as we “Fellowship through Service.”


Happy World Rotaract Day!

Today Rotaractors all around the world are celebrating 46 years of this wonderful organization. World Rotaract Day commemorates the charter of the first Rotaract Club, the Rotaract Club of North Charlotte,Carolina on March 13, 1968. Rotaract, was created by Rotary International as a combination of the words “Rotary” and “Action”. The aim of the program was stated to be “to develop leadership and responsible citizenship through service to the community.”

The principles of Rotaract are based on the fundamental Rotary ideal of Service Above Self. This calls on Rotaractors and Rotarians to put service to their communities above all else. This is further supported by the ideal of Fellowship through Service, which focuses on the building of bonds of friendship among the Rotaract membership while working together in partnership to serve their community. These principles are embodied within the Rotary Four-Way Test, a challenge for Rotaractors and Rotarians to live by in their personal and professional lives.

Rotaract has the following goals:

- To develop professional and leadership skills

- To emphasise respect for the rights of others, based on recognition of the worth of each individual

- To recognise the dignity and value of all useful occupations as opportunities to serve

- To recognise, practice, and promote ethical standards as leadership qualities and vocational responsibilities

- To develop knowledge and understanding of the needs, problems, and opportunities in the community and worldwide

- To provide opportunities for personal and group activities to serve the community and promote international understanding and goodwill toward all people

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NKRC did a video last August to celebrate our membership in Rotaract. Hope you enjoy finding out what Rotaract & NKRC means to us all:





Rotaractors all over are sharing pics and statuses about their love for this great Organization! Create your pic mix and share today! follow us on @nkrcjamaica

Rotary Has Heart – NKRC

Nannyville Basic School, Breakfast Programme Targeted for Special Donation by the Rotaract Club of New Kingston.

Kingston, Jamaica – Rotary clubs in Eastern United States and across the Caribbean Basin are combining resources to feed hungry children from Delaware to Trinidad. As such the Rotaract Club of New Kingston chose Nannyville Basic School in Nannyville Gardens, East Kingston to fulfill the organization’s commitment, since we also have a school feeding project there.

It is a startling reality that in the world children goes hungry on a daily basis.   A lot of children right now live in what is termed as “food insecure households.”  

The project known as Rotary Has Heart used Valentine’s Day (February 14, 2014) as the target date for this massive drive.  The Rotaract Club of New Kingston and the Nannyville Basic School teachers and parents have come together to make this initiative a success. We served breakfast, lunch and treats to commemorate the Rotary Has Heart project.

PR Director

Shawna Brown

Feeding The Homeless: Spanish Town

Feeding of the Homeless is the Rotaract Club of New Kingston’s Signature project. Biannually members and prospectives members drive around the corporate area seeking out the city’s homeless population with the intention to give them a hot meal.

This past Saturday (January 18, 2014) we decided to take the project to the Old Capital, Spanish Town. This was the first time we ever took the project outside of the corporate area and so we did not know what to expect.

Within the corporate area you walk pass a homeless person frequently. Spanish Town, however, was unlike Kingston because all the homeless persons were found in one general area between the NIS Building on Hanover Street & the Post Office.

We were able to provide lunches and drinks for 50 homeless individuals. All the receipients expressed gratitude for the warm meal.


Prospective Jay prepares to distribute lunches


Let the distribution begin


Rotaractors seek out more places to find the Homeless in Spanish Town


The Team In Search of more Homeless persons


Most of the Homeless persons were found sitting at the NIS office


Rotaractors Francine, Moyen & Sean preparing to distribute more lunches


One of the Homeless Elderly women we found on Hanover Street


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During the distribution

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During the distribution



Community Service Director Donair hands over a hot meal to a Homeless man

Community Service Director Donair hands over a hot meal to a Homeless man

Rotaractor Andrew escorting an elderly woman to Young Street

Rotaractor Andrew escorting an elderly woman to Young Street


Members & prospective members pose for a picture after the distribution

Members & prospective members pose for a picture after the distribution


Rotary Awareness – a brief HISTORY the start of ROTARY

Our 1.2 million-member organization started with the vision of one man—Paul P. Harris. The Chicago attorney formed one of the world’s first service organizations, the Rotary Club of Chicago, on 23 February 1905 as a place where professionals with diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas and form meaningful, lifelong friendships. Rotary’s name came from the group’s early practice of rotating meetings among the offices of each member.


Rotarians have not only been present for major events in history—we’ve been a part of them. From the beginning, three key traits have remained strong throughout Rotary:

We’re truly international. Only 16 years after being founded, Rotary had clubs on six continents. Today we’re working together from around the globe both digitally and in-person to solve some of our world’s most challenging problems.

We persevere in tough times. During WWII, Rotary clubs in Germany, Austria, Italy, Spain, and Japan were forced to disband. Despite the risks, many continued to meet informally and following the war’s end, Rotary members joined together to rebuild their clubs and their countries.Our commitment to service is ongoing. We began our fight against polio in 1979 with a project to immunize 6 million children in the Philippines. By 2012, only three countries remain polio-endemic—down from 125 in 1988.



Rotaract: Taken from:

” Are you looking for the chance to share your ideas and look at the world’s challenges in a new way? Join a Rotaract club and find all this and more, including:

  • Hands-on service projects
  • Fun networking and social activities
  • Professional development opportunities
  • An international network of young leaders


Rotaract is a club for adults ages 18-30 that meets twice a month to exchange ideas, plan activities and projects, and socialize. While Rotary clubs serve as sponsors, Rotaract clubs decide how to organize and run their club and what projects and activities to carry out.


You can check with your university, look online, or contact a local Rotary club to find out if there’s a club in your area. Contact the Rotaract club to find out about its next meeting, service project, or social event.

If you’re interested in learning more about Rotaract, watch “Journey to Pisco” to see how Rotaract clubs worldwide are using their energy, experience, and education to address issues that are important to them.


You can start one! Refer to the Rotaract Handbook for everything you need to organize and manage your new club. Here’s what you’ll need to get started:

  • sponsor Rotary club to provide support and partnership
  • An adviser from your sponsor club
  • A faculty adviser (if it’s a university-based club) to serve as a liaison between your sponsor Rotary club and the university administration
  • Members!
  • Strong club leaders to help organize your club, grow your membership, and carry out successful projects.”


Happy New Year from NKRC!

Happy New Year Everyone!

January 1, 2014 signified the start of the second half of the Rotaract year and we are excited to continue giving service.  We will be blogging more and keeping you up to date with our activities.

Best wishes for 2014 and stay tuned!


Professional Development Workshop

The Professional Development Committee has planned a PD Workshop for the members, prospective members and extended family of NKRC.
The workshop is scheduled for this Saturday October 26, 2013 from 12:00 noon – 5:00 pm to be held at the Main Medical Lecture Theatre at The UWI. 
Some of the topics to be presented on include:
  1. Leadership
  2. Professionalism within and outside the workplace
  3. Conflict Resolution
  4. Budgeting and Saving
  5. Customer Service 
Your attendance and support is anticipated. Please contact Dir. Sheena- to confirm your attendance. 
Refreshments will be provided.

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