It’s World Understanding Month: DRR Elisia says…


Greetings My Incredible Rotafamily;


The month of February is World Understanding Month and Rotary International has designated February 23rd as World Understanding and Peace Day. Even though we practice this continuously throughout the year, it is a specific time for us to stress the importance of concentrating on goodwill and understanding in the world. It is a time to think about the abundant projects that your club has worked on for many years that stems around this theme.

When I joined Rotaract six years ago, I never dreamed that I would one day travel around different parts of the world to partake in service projects, observe so many different cultures and matters, nor that I would do so as a District Rotaract Representative. It would be pleasing to think that this was a strategy that was somehow now being realized, but that simply is not the case. Like so many of you, I am inspired by the realism of selfless service we provide to the world as Rotaractors. It’s not an arrogant ideal, rather something that once embraced through the family of Rotary, becomes a part of you.

During the month of February, I encourage all Rotaract clubs in our District to conduct events that explore world understanding and peace. Some activities that we can conduct are:

• Exchange of culture boxes with other Rotaract clubs
• Conduct skype meetings with other clubs.
• Invite international guest speakers
• Culture nights showcasing your members’ culture
• Invite Group Study Exchange members to speak on their experiences.
• Conduct discussions on global issues
• Peace walks

Looking beyond color and creed we find the common ground of our humanity and come to an understanding of the world that motivates us in Rotaract to advance world understanding, goodwill and peace. I urge you to use this month to expand your club’s “World Understanding” as a way to embrace Rotaract District 7020’s theme, “Helping Hands, Touching Hearts, Changing Lives.”

In closing I will leave this with you, “Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.” — Albert Einstein

Your Proud DRR,

A Little Bit of History: Rotary, Rotaract, Interact, Earlyact




Rotary is a service organization designed to build and revitalize communities, through business professionals over the age of 30, through volunteering their time, talent and resources.

Rotary has been around since February 23, 1905 initiated by Paul P. Harris, which sought the need to form lifelong friendships and rotating meetings. These clubs have been developed over the years seeking new ventures to create an authentic experience to motivate, renew and stimulate communities by recompensing individuals, mentorship programs, community activities, learning programs and improvement of disabilities problems.

Different Logos by Rotary

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Rotaract club is the junior arm of that of Rotary, which engaged young professionals within the age group of 18 – 30. This arm of rotary club has been in existence since 1968; each Rotaract club is sponsored and oversees by a Rotary Club. These young professionals set out to take great actions within various communities, develop their professional and leadership skills, through fellowship.

The goals of Rotaract:

  • To develop professional and leadership skills.

  • To emphasize respect for the rights of others, based on recognition of the worth of each individual.

  • To recognize the dignity and value of all useful occupations as opportunities to serve.

  • To recognize, 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 to all people.

Community Service:

  • Community Houses

  • Teaching Initiatives

  • Primary schools development

  • Volunteer Activities ( World Peace, Ending Polio, World Beach Clean Up, etc)

Rotaractors are determining to achieve and supersede all targets and activities set before them, in the same breath bring awareness to the world.



Interact club are young students in the age range of 12 – 18 that are sponsored and governed by a Rotary club and mentored by Rotaract, they take on projects within their communities that are of interest, other hands on service projects, make international connections, develop leadership skills and have fellowship.

Interactor’s focus on two major programs per year which is to improve community or school and to bring international understanding. Interact also has various events that celebrate a global impact which includes world Interact week and interact video contest.

Early Act


Earlyact is a school-wide service club for elementary students from ages 5 to 13. It is sponsored by a Rotary clubs which the school is located. The mission and operation of Early Act are closely linked to the ideals of Rotary and provide the foundation and natural succession into Interact.

Earlyact provides young students the opportunity for gaining an increased awareness and knowledge of their community and the world. At a young age, all students are encouraged to be caring and helpful. Their minds are open dignity and worth and are garnered to build respect for others.

Earlyact also engages students in character-building activities and prepares them for leadership roles to identify and carry out projects which benefit their school, local and global communities.

 Earlyact Teaches:

  • Caring

  • Respect

  • Empathy

  • Responsibility

  • Tolerance

  • Friendship leadership

  • Compassion


Meet the Inductees : Shilanda Stewart

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Zodiac: Virgo

Occupation: Pharmacy Intern

Hobbies: Reading, Yoga, Learning a Foreign Language, Shopping and Scarpbooking.

Career Goals:Attain my Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D) and to become a Clinical Pharmacist working with major drug manufacturing companies to develop new drugs.

Why Rotaract?: Volunteering has always been a hobby of mine. I have been introduced to other service organizations but its not until I went to a rotaract meeting at UWI, Mona that I found a group of volunteers that I enjoyed their style of service and the impact they had in their community.

What is Rotaract’s Impact on your Life so far? : Rotaract was a constant in my university life aiding in my rounded character development as a student. It has afforded me to do one of the things I love, volunteering, on a larger scale; aiding to coordinate and participate in different service projects. It has given me the ability to meet awesome individuals from different spheres of life who I would not normally have the pleasure of meeting.

What is your Favorite Project and best experience at this project? : Of all the awesome projects that NKRC participates in my favorite would have to be the Breakfast Feeding Program at the Nannyville Basic School. I was able to participate with NKRC as a prospective and helped to prepare breakfast as students arrived. I was taken aback by how hands on members were with the students. Helping to feed them and querying how students, they were familiar with, were doing. Their warm interaction with the parents, staff and students spoke volumes of the ongoing work with the school and the positive impact NKRC has had.

Hello 2015: President Ryan’s New Year Message

HappyHappy-New-Year-2015-Fireworks-HD-Picture-Wallpaper New Year!!! That’s right, we are now into the year 2015. The year 2014 was indeed a very good year. The Rotaract Club of New Kingston (NKRC) can certainly attest to that. But, we are now into 2015, and with this New Year comes the potentials of achieving even greater heights for not just NKRC, but for everyone as well.  Whether you make New Year’s resolutions or not, I would like to encourage everyone to do whatever is necessary to make 2015 even better than the last. Make this year be the year that you achieve the utmost best for yourself and encourage and support your friends and families to do the same. We are all in this together.

January on the Rotary calendar is Rotary Awareness Month. Myself and my fellow Rotaractors are really blessed to be a part of this great movement we call Rotaract. DRR Elisia in her January message has encouraged all Rotaractors to embrace Rotaract as much as possible this month. I encourage all Rotaractors to wear your pins daily, wear your Rotaract shirts, talk about Rotaract to persons who are not a part of Rotaract, do all that you can to let the world know what Rotaract is and how great a movement we are. Of course, NKRC will be doing our part to raise awareness to the public about what Rotaract is all about with the aim to further increase our club and Rotaract’s visibility not just in our community but as far as our efforts will take us.

In closing, I leave you with this; “We all get the same 365 days. The only difference is what we do with them.”- Hilary DePiano

Ryan McKenzie

President – Rotaract Club of New Kingston

Meet The Inductees: Jay Johnson

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Zodiac: Libra- I consider myself a gentlemen  but not the typical good guy. I’m also bit of a introverted person  but with the right motivation I might come out of my shell.

Hobbies: My hobbies are playing football, reading anything financial related and  going to the occasional social event.

Career Goals: My goals in life are mainly to impact other people’s lives whether through business or me giving up my time in community service trough Rotaract.

What is Rotaract’s Impact on your Life so far?- Rotaract has impacted my life  in my short time being apart of the New Kingston club by expanding my exposure to different people through projects and events in the club. Rotaract also has served as a family away from home where I can be with who I am comfortable with and I see it making a major impact in my future development as a person.

What is your Favorite Project and best experience at this project? :My favourite project is feeding the homeless because I can identify sentimentally with them and to know that I can help that person even for that one moment by giving them a meal no matter how large or small makes me know I’m making some form of impact on another  persons life

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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