Rotary International is making slow progress towards the day when for the first time it will install a woman as president. There have now been 8 women as Directors on the RI Board. [Catherine Noyer-Riveau (08), Elizabeth S. Demaray (12), Anne L. Matthews (13) Celia Giay (14) Karen Wentz,(14) Saowalak Rattanavich,(15) Julia Phelps,(15) and Jennifer E. Jones (15)]. Matthews and Giay have both been Vice-Presidents and next year Jennifer Jones, a Canadian will be Vice-President.

Although, it is not permitted for Rotarians to campaign on behalf of a Rotarian for office I am sure I will not be alone when I cheer the selection, by the 17 member nominating committee, of the first woman as president and even more so, if it happens to be Jennifer Jones.

Watch this video interview of Sylvia Whitlock, Rotary’s first female club president and R. I. Director Jennifer Jones (Published on Mar 3, 2015)

Jennifer Jones Bio from LinkedIn

Jennifer Jones   LinkedInJennifer is the President and CEO of Media Street Productions Inc., a television production company. Media Street is pleased to be recognized as a caring corporate citizen and was named “Company of the Year” by the Windsor Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce – it has also received 26 international awards for broadcasting excellence.

Her leadership also extends into her community where she has served on numerous boards and committees furthering the areas of health, education, the arts, children’s mental health, mentorship and fundraising.

Jennifer is a Director on Rotary International’s global board. She is a proud member of the Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland and a Past Governor of District 6400 (Michigan/Ontario).

One of Rotary International’s most recognized communicators, Jennifer has presented keynote addresses and training workshops at more than 100 conferences across North America and most recently in St Petersburg – Russia, Panama City, Bangkok, India, Sri Lanka, Berlin, Lisbon and Finland.

Jennifer is a past Chair of the Board of Governors at the University of Windsor and the Windsor Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Through Rotary, she has successfully transferred her professional skills into her volunteer life including several Rotary missions where she has created documentaries and taught journalism and ethics classes in Brazil, Tanzania and Haiti. She has also participated in Rotaplast medical missions in Venezuela and Peru.

As champions of The Rotary Foundation, Jennifer and Nick are members of the Arch C. Klumph Society, the Paul Harris Society and are L3 charter members of the Bequest Society. Through their AKS donations they’re supporting an annual Peace Symposium at Duke University, which showcases Rotary’s Peace Fellows, and the creation of a Water Endowment for their District.