Meet The December Inductees: Shanieka Moodie

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Zodiac: Libra

Occupation: Assistant Financial Analyst

Hobbies: Playing Netball, toastmaster club, dancing, socializing, watching movies

Career Goals: Open my beauty salon, start and completing my CFA

Why Rotaract?: I chose Rotaract because of my mantra to serve, so that I am able to give back to my country/community.

What is Rotaract’s Impact on your Life so far? : Rotaract has impacted me immensely by putting my love, care and passion to good use, which in turn gives me a great level of satisfaction.

What is your Favorite Project and best experience at this project? : My favourite project so far is teaching basic Mathematics. This creates a means of humbleness, where persons who have been without schooling for years still find the drive to learn.


Are you feeling the Christmas Spirit? President Ryan is!!


 Deck the halls with boughs of holly, 

Fa la la la la, la la la la. 

Tis the season to be jolly, 

Fa la la la la, la la la la.

That’s right, the Christmas season is upon us. Christmas is a time for giving and we as Rotaractors are very good at that. We give up our time to the benefit of others when we undertake our impactful and numerous service projects. Also, Christmas is also about remembering the importance of family and we should all be thankful for being a part of the global Rotary family.  I encourage not just my NKRC family but the entire Rotaract family to remember the true meaning of the season. Let us endeavor to touch the lives of those less fortunate and spend time with and give thanks for our families and all persons close to us this season.

As customary, NKRC will be very active this month with numerous activities that will facilitate us giving back to those who are less fortunate while spending some quality family time with our NKRC family members. NKRC has always has been built around the principle of being more than just a club but a family and those same principles hold true today. 

As the year 2014 draws to a close and so the first half of the Rotaract year, on behalf of my fellow club members, I would like to thank everyone for the support thus far. Each and every one of you have helped to truly make 2014 a memorable year for NKRC. Let us reflect on the year that was, give thanks for the many blessings we have in our lives and look forward to new and exciting happenings in 2015!

In closing, I leave you all with this, “Family isn’t always blood. It’s the people in your life who want you in theirs. The ones who accept you for who you are. The ones who would do anything to see you smile and who love you no matter what.” Unknown.

Ryan McKenzie 

President – Rotaract Club of New Kingston

It’s Family Month: Greetings from DRR Elisia


Season’s Greetings My Rotafamily,


It’s December, and we are in our sixth month; half way complete through our Rotaract year of service. As we turn our attention to the upcoming season, I encourage you to take the time out to reflect on the superb accomplishments we’ve made thus far. It is also a time when we should spend time with our family and friends and value those that touch our lives. Beyond our immediate family, we have the family of Rotary. This is a large family indeed. There are EarlyActors, Interactors, Rotaractors, Rotarians, Youth Exchange, RYLA, and many others. We need to focus on our family of Rotary as well, enhance our relationship and celebrate each other. We are all brothers and sisters in Rotary where the bond between us is strong and filled with love.

We should also start to do an inventory on ourselves and make a conscious decision to continue making positive changes in our lives going into the New Year. I urge you to make a conscious choice to look all around your communities and see what we can do to make a difference in the lives of others. If we bless others we in turn are going to be blessed.

Some activities that we can conduct this month are:
*Feed the homeless initiatives
*Gift exchange among members
*Family of Rotary fellowships
*Donate gifts and/or Christmas tree to homes or hospital wards
*Have special meetings for club members to invite their family members

I give thanks for my immediate and Rotary family this holiday season. I thank all of you who have inspired me with your amazing projects and passion. My hope is that I return the favor and inspire you too. I would like to stress how much I love and appreciate each and every one of you. What is now important, however, is pressing on in the second half of the Rotaract year and making it even more successful. Continuity of membership growth, projects, activities, fellowships, leadership training and planning is vital.

On behalf of my family, I would like to extend special Season’s Greetings to you and your family. May you all know that Peace that Love and that Understanding that transcends all at this Christmas time.

In closing, I will leave this with you “Family is not an important thing. It’s everything.”– Michael J. Fox


Your Proud DRR,

Elisia Lake

President Ryan on Rotary Foundation

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Greetings my NKRC Family! It’s now November and another important month for us Rotaractors and Rotarians worldwide…Rotary Foundation Month. The Rotary Foundation is a nonprofit corporation that supports Rotary International to achieve world understanding and peace through international humanitarian, educational and cultural exchange programmes.

The foundation has a number of programmes that we as Rotaractors know and support but can also benefit from. Group Study Exchange (GSE), Polio Eradication and Foundation Grants are just some of the more notable programmes of the foundation. I would like to take the opportunity to encourage both Rotaractors and non Rotaractors alike to learn about the foundation and also to make a donation to the Rotary Foundation. It is through donations that the foundation is able to do the amazing work that it has been able to do over the years.

Of additional importance this month is the World Interact week. As our younger brothers and sisters in the Rotary family, we as the older siblings have a responsibility to act as role models and guide them in not only their Rotary lives, but also their personal lives as well. NKRC this month launched its mentorship programme during Interact week between NKRC and our Interact Club at St. Georges College where we will be serving as mentors to them. The programme has the goals of helping the Interactors to increase their Rotary knowledge, support their development professionally and academically and to help them be more self-confident and increase their self-esteem. All of this with the aim of seeking to make a positive impact on their lives.

In closing, I leave you all with this, “Happiness doesn’t result from what we get, but from what we give.” Ben Carson.

Ryan McKenzie

President – Rotaract Club of New Kingston

DRR Elisia’s November Message

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Yoga to end polio

Originally posted on Rotary Voices:

Adam Arents, second from right, leads the Miles to End polio team in a yoga stretch.

Adam Arents, second from right, leads the Miles to End polio team in a yoga stretch.

By Adam Arents, Rotary staff

For the past two years, I’ve helped coordinate yoga classes for staff at Rotary headquarters in Evanston, Illinois, USA, bringing in a yoga instructor to lead us in stretching, bending, and breaking up the stiffness that can accumulate after too many hours staring at a computer. I appreciate yoga for the ways it challenges me, loosens me up, and quiets my mind in the midst of the cacophony of everyday life.

Recently, I’ve felt the need for yoga even more as I’ve spent hours riding my bike around the Chicago area to prepare for the 104-mile El Tour de Tucson.

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B. Chung

Some know him as ‘Chigga’, some know his as the ‘Chiney Man’ and our former Treasurer but do you really know him? Check out this feature on District 7020 Merchandising Chairperson Brian.

Name: Brian Chung
Job Title: Relationship Associate
Company: Citibank, N.A.

1. How long have you worked in this position?
Six (6) months in this current position. I was previously a Management Associate from July 2013 and then was subsequently promoted to Relationship Associate within 8 months to the Corporate and Investment Banking department.
2. Describe a typical day at work

My role within the bank is dynamic and heavily depends on whether there are any transactions in the pipeline that I am involved with.
But my day can involve the following things:

  • Attending to client queries, such as: statuses on payments and transfers, updating of client information, etc.
  • Conducting due diligence on new and existing clients as well as potential clients
  • Conducting Credit Analysis and Financial Statement analysis and liaising with risk colleagues on credit clients to update them on events concerning clients
  • Attending client meetings to present solutions (such as cash management, derivative structures, debt issuances, loans, etc.)
  • Opening accounts and booking loans
  • Attending to queries from compliance, regulators and internal/external auditors, these may include AML queries and documentation
  • Submissions of reports as requested by the regional/head office

As a Relationship Associate covering the Public Sector, I am also responsible for keeping track of and presenting on:

  • The GOJ’s progress with the Extended Fund Facility with the IMF;
    Economic events and statistics related to Jamaica
    And from time to time I will be required to be a part of internal projects. One such example is the bank’s response to the implementation of the Security Interests in Personal Property Act.

3. How did you apply or come across this job?
I submitted my resume whilst I was still in the MBA programme at UWI.
4. Do you have any other professional interests?
I am currently pursuing the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) certification and hope to pursue the CICBV afterwards.
5. Tell me about the most fun you have had on the job
The knowledge that some of the transactions that I am party to is announced in the newspapers.

6. What is your dream job?

To continue within the same role in a larger capacity.


photoYou may see her in the front row at every meeting taking your picture. But do you really know Rotaractor Ana?

Name: Ana Miles
Job Title: Office Assistant/Social Media Manager
Organization: St. John Ambulance

1. How long have you worked in this position?
11 months
2. Describe a typical day at work for you.
Check and answer emails, answer phone calls, follow up on phone calls, send emails, and putting duties together for First Aid Coverage of events
3. How did you apply or come across this job?
I am currently a member of the organization and I had the current skills and abilities that could be applied to the job.
4. Do you have any other professional interests?
Working in the media and possibly working as as a social media manager
5. Tell me about the most fun you have had on the job.
Going on the First Aid duties.

President’s October Message


We are now into October and that means…its Vocational Service Month!!! This month we focus our attention on one of Rotary’s key ideals, how we as Rotarians/Rotaractors can use our professions and skills to make a positive impact in our communities. I encourage all Rotaractors to see how you can use your own unique skills to make an impact in our world. No matter how small you may think it to be, everyone has the ability to use our skills/professions to make a change in the world. 

The Rotaract Club of New Kingston (NKRC) recognizes the importance of Vocational Service as well as the Professional Development of our members. Our Professional Service Committee, led by Director Kimberley Lindo and her team, will be highlighting our members and what exactly they do for their professions and also hosting one of major events for the year, our annual NKRC Professional Development Workshop at the end of this month. This workshop is geared towards all young professionals giving them the opportunity to take part in and learn from presentations on topics such as Financial Literacy, Event Planning and Management and Entrepreneurship to name a few.  Very topical and beneficial presentations that I’m sure all young professionals can gain great value from.

Also of significance this month, NKRC will be looking to raise awareness of two very critical diseases, Polio and Breast Cancer. We will be participating in several awareness initiatives both locally and internationally for both End Polio and Breast Cancer. World Polio day is recognized annually on October 24 and Rotary Internationals main goal is the complete eradication of Polio from the Earth. NKRC will do our part to support Rotary Internationals efforts in the fight against Polio. Also, Breast Cancer is a disease that has affected a lot of persons whether directly or indirectly. Again, NKRC’s members will join the global effort to raise awareness about this disease so that one day, just like Polio, we can hopefully say, the world is breast cancer free.

Happy October!!!

Ryan McKenzie 

President – Rotaract Club of New Kingston


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