President Ryan’s Message for July 2014






The month of July marks the beginning of the New Rotaract Year. This signifies new beginnings and opportunities. The time for a refreshing of ideas and focus. The time for a fresh slate of leaders who will seek to guide the club to achieve even greater measures of success than the year before. This New Year also marks the beginning of a new generation for NKRC which has been dubbed NKRC 3G. Under the District 7020 theme for 2014-2015, “Helping Hands, Touching Hearts, Changing Lives” I encourage every Rotaractor to work hard to achieve this goal while at the same time, do your part to “Light Up Rotary” as charged by Rotary International President Gary C.K Huang in his RI Presidential message for July.

July is Literacy month on our calendar. Such is its importance that is even one of Rotary’s six areas of focus. Our District Rotaract Representative, Elisia Lake in her DRR’s message for July, has encouraged us to do activities that will focus on literacy. NKRC will be playing our part in the promotion of Literacy by engaging in several projects that will cater to this issue. Of additional significance this month is the recognition of International Nelson Mandela Day on July 18th. NKRC will again be seeking to raise awareness of his legacy by engaging our younger generation about just how significant his contributions were towards the shaping of our world and the positive and everlasting legacy he has left for us all.

As we embark on this New Year and new era in our club, I charge every NKRC member to stay true to the principles of Rotary and Rotaract while also remembering our clubs core values of family, strong fellowship and impactful and sustainable service. It is these values that have made us the great club that we are today and will continue to be our guiding light as seek to “Light Up” this new generation of NKRC and shine even brighter than before.


Ryan McKenzie
President – Rotaract Club of New Kingston

The DRR’s July Message 2014/2015



Greetings My Awesome Rotafam;
I trust that you are excited as I am as we enter into a new Rotaract year 2014-2015 under the theme, “Helping Hands, Touching Hearts, Changing Lives.” This year, the passion beaming through the eyes of every rotaractor in District 7020 is bright and indeed, we are all ready to work hard and “Light Up Rotary” all at the same time. We are ready to make a change, continue to develop professionally, meet new friends, rekindle old friendships, become closer with our Rotarians and make the world a better place.
As we start off this year, I urge you to address matters that will affect your year. For one, I encourage all of you to plan an effective guide that will take your club and level of service you will provide to your community even higher this year. Make an assessment on the needs and concerns of your island/country and be that change your community is crying out for. At times we get carried away by providing all sorts of services to our fellow citizens and doing all the things we think is best. This is all awesome, however, we then lose track of the burning concerns at hand and when we lose track, we fail to make a difference for the better. We are effective
when we make an impactful change; a change that is NEEDED not WANTED. Pay close attention and know the difference.
July is literacy month on our calendar. Literacy is crucial to the success of individuals in both their career aspirations and their quality of life. Therefore, as Rotaractors, I encourage you to do your part in ensuring that you provide events and projects this month that will cater to this issue.
Some of the activities that your club can conduct may include:
Conduct a dictionary, school supplies or book drive for back to school.
Host a literacy session at local a library.
Commence a tutoring program for children and/or adults.
Host story telling events.
Lastly, I will leave you with this, “Lose yourself in generous service and every day can be a most unusual day, a triumphant day, an abundantly rewarding day!”— William Authur Ward.
I wish you much success this year!
Your proud DRR, Elisia

Congrats on Being the Best !

Congrats to the entire club for being the best club in the District.  we continue to be proud of you and your achievements.
Special mentions to Donair, Rotaractor of the year and IPDRR PP Julie, who has done an extremely good job as DRR. The district has grown under her leadership and we give thanks for all the support you gave her.

Please continue your upward pace.
Number 1    always!!!!!!!


Rotarian PP Godfrey

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NKRC takes home the coveted title of Community Based Club of the year in District 7020 #RDC7020

NKRC takes home the coveted title of Community Based Club of the year in District 7020 #RDC7020

Members of the board as well as Rotaractors are all smiles upon receiving Club of The Year!!!

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



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