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What do Mimi Altman, Gilda Chirafisi, Janet W. Holland, Reba F. Lovrien, Virginia B. Nordy, Donna J. Rapp, Anne Robertson and Olive P. Scott have in common?


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The first women begin their terms of service as district governors. The eight women are Mimi Altman, District 6440 (Illinois, USA); Gilda Chirafisi, District 7230 (Bermuda; New York, USA); Janet W. Holland, District 5790 (Texas, USA); Reba F. Lovrien, District 5520 (New Mexico; Texas, USA); Virginia B. Nordby, District 6380 (Ontario, Canada; Michigan, USA); Donna J. Rapp, District 6310 (Michigan, USA); Anne Robertson, District 6710 (Kentucky, USA); and Olive P. Scott, District 7190 (New York, USA).

Click on their names to read about their year as one of the first eight women District Governors, in their own words.


What does "A family tradition" mean to Jennifer Jones, her husband Nick and her mother Joyce?

Mother and daughter share passion for Rotary

By Maureen Vaught
Rotary News -- 7 December 2012

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Past District Governor Jennifer Jones, right, and her mother, Joyce, during an Arch C. Klumph Society induction ceremony in October. Rotary Images/Monika Lozinska

Sometimes the most obvious choices for potential club members are the people we’re closest to, “yet we look right past them,” says Past District Governor Jennifer Jones, who invited her parents to Rotary activities but hadn’t considered asking them to join.

Fortunately, a fellow club member and friend took the initiative. And four years after joining the Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland, Ontario, Canada, Jennifer’s mother, Joyce, is serving as its president.

“I’ll never forget my last official task as district governor: inducting my mom into Rotary,” says Jennifer. “She had been living Rotary for many years, attending district conferences, taking part in fundraisers, and traveling as a literacy volunteer to Guatemala. She saw service in action.” Joining the club was the natural next step.

While spouses, children, and siblings all are logical choices for Rotary involvement, our parents often are the ones with extra time -- as well as a lifetime of experiences and skills -- to share with Rotary.

“Through Rotary we’ve shared many special times together, and each of them has been made more memorable because we’ve done them together,” says Jennifer.

Encouraging service

Jennifer credits her parents with cultivating a sense of service in her. She organized carnivals in the backyard to raise money to fight muscular dystrophy, opened a lemonade stand, made her own greeting cards to sell door-to-door, and collected pop bottles and coins for UNICEF. Through it all, her parents were “there to celebrate the victories, as well as the lessons that were born out of these experiences,” says Jennifer.

In October, her mother was there again when Jennifer and her husband, Nick Krayacich -- who is president of the Rotary Club of LaSalle-Centennial -- were inducted into the Arch C. Klumph Society. Her father, John, was unable to attend the ceremony, but Joyce represented them both.

“I was so honored to be in front of the audience of dignitaries sharing my daughter’s story,” says Joyce. “It was a special time for the two of us.”

Jennifer, who is president and CEO of a television production company, has served as club president, governor of District 6400 (part of Ontario and part of Michigan, USA), and district public relations chair.

Among their many activities and projects, Jennifer and Nick -- both Rotary Foundation alumni -- have established an annual peace symposium at Duke University to support Rotary Peace Fellows and to publicize the program. They also are creating a pooled endowment that will generate revenue for their district to use for water projects.

From “mom” to “president”

As for Joyce, she became involved in her club’s literacy and international service committees, helped with club fundraisers, and continued to travel to Guatemala to distribute books to Mayan schools. “When I joined Rotary, I jumped in with both feet,” she says.

“If you’re going to be a Rotarian, that’s the way to do it — don’t just take up space on a chair,” she declares.

Yet when she was approached about becoming club president, she thought her fellow club members were joking. But she accepted because she didn’t want to regret not taking on this important role.

“And I love it!” she says. “I find it such a joy serving our club and serving side by side with my daughter.”

Jennifer is also pleased with the arrangement: “All my life she’s been my confidante and sounding board. Now, in her role as president, she looks to me for advice. It’s added another level of depth to our relationship.”


On what date did Rotary's 2nd fiscal year begin?

Historic Moments: Why the Rotary year begins 1 July

By Susan Hanf and Jason Lamb
Rotary International News -- 29 June 2012

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Rotary's first fiscal year began the day after the first convention ended. The convention of the Rotary Clubs of America was held in Rotary’s birthplace, Chicago, in 1910.

Ever wonder why the Rotary year begins 1 July? The international convention initially played a key role in determining the start date of our fiscal and administrative year.

Rotary’s first fiscal year began the day after the first convention ended, on 18 August 1910. The 1911-12 fiscal year also related to the convention, beginning with the first day of the 1911 convention on 21 August.

At its August 1912 meeting, the Board of Directors ordered an audit of the International Association of Rotary Clubs’ finances. The auditors recommended that the organization end its fiscal year on 30 June to give the secretary and treasurer time to prepare a financial statement for the convention and board, and determine the proper number of club delegates to the convention.

The executive committee concurred, and at its April 1913 meeting, designated 30 June as the end of the fiscal year. This also allowed for changes to the schedule for reporting club membership and payments. Even The Rotarian changed its volume numbering system to correspond to the fiscal year (beginning with vol. 5, July 1914).

Rotary continued to hold its annual conventions in July or August until 1917. Delegates to the 1916 event in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, approved a resolution to hold future conventions in June, mainly because of the heat in cities where most of them occurred. The next one was held 17-21 June in Atlanta, Georgia.

The term "Rotary year" has been used to signify Rotary’s annual administrative period since at least 1913. An article in The Rotarian that July noted, “The Rotary year that is rapidly drawing to a close has been signalized by several highly successful joint meetings of Clubs that are so situated as to assemble together easily and conveniently.”

Since the executive committee's decision in 1913, the end of the Rotary year has remained 30 June.

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