Will this Canadian be Rotary’s First Woman President?

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.


About John Borst

John Borst’s career in education spans the years 1960 to 1996. During those 36 years, he spent an equal amount of time working int he English language, Public and Catholic school boards. Borst taught in both elementary and high school environments. Positions of responsibilities held included department head in Geography, curriculum coordinator of Social and Environmental Studies, Principal, Education Officer with the Ministry of Education, Superintendent of Schools, and Superintendent of Student Services. Borst retired in 1996 as Director of Education for the legacy Dryden Board of Education. During this time, Borst has lived in the Ontario communities of Brampton, Toronto, Newmarket, Thunder Bay, Aurora and Dryden. Currently, Borst splits his time between Dryden and Toronto. Since retirement, Borst has served as a Supervisory Officer with a remote School Authority; been a freelance writer of articles on education in particular for Education Today, the magazine of the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA); founded and edited from 2006 - 2010 the Education blog Tomorrow’s Trust: A Review of Catholic Education; and from 2003-2010 was a trustee of the Northwest Catholic District School Board.
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One Response to Will this Canadian be Rotary’s First Woman President?

  1. I was just in Cancun and visited the Rotary Club there. I had the pleasure of meetingt a gentleman from Windsor and he mentioned Jennifer…I do not know her… he told me that she would be the First woman to become President..He spoke very highly of her so my wish goes to her it sounds like she would be very capable to handle the position.
    Carla Priola Anisman . Menlo Park,Ca. Rotarian

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