Luncheon with Miss New York
47 members and guests attended the RCNY luncheon on Feb 19 at the 3 West Club, Grand Salon. They were honored by the presentation of Miss New York, Jillian Tapper, whose positive and charming demeanor gave the audience great satisfaction about the Miss New York Scholarship that RCNY has been funding for the past several years.
with DG David Del Monte, RCNY President Rick Martin and RCNY President Elect Sonny Lee
As the former Feature Twirler for Florida State University’s Marching Chiefs, past Senior Class Council President and member of Alpha Delta Pi’s Executive Council, Ms Tapper has a proven track record for leadership and success. Ms Tapper relocated to New York to pursue a career in Sports Broadcasting and is currently working for The Bleacher Report and just completed an internship with the Mets.
Throughout her year of service, Ms Tapper will promote her personal platform, “Amaze Me,” a mentoring initiative designed to encourage individuals to become mentors in an effort to address our country’s mentoring gap. She hopes to partner as Miss New York with iMentor, the Mentoring Partnership of New York and Mentor Connect to help spread this message to various nonprofit organizations, schools and corporations across the state of New York.
Ms Tapper assumed the title of Miss New York following the crowning of Kira Kazantsev as Miss America 2015 on September 14. Ms Tapper was a runner-up in the prestigious Miss New York program that has now produced three Miss Americas in a row.
Her wonderful presentation and positive and charming demeanor gave the audience a great feeling about the Miss New York Scholarship that we have been funding through our own New York Rotary Foundation for the past couple of years. President Rick presented Jillian with a Rotary pin as an Ambassador of our club during her journey throughout New York and other Rotary Clubs in and around the city.
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Under the agreement, Rotary clubs and Peace Corps volunteers are encouraged to share their resources and knowledge to boost the impact of development projects in these three countries.
Opportunities for collaboration include supporting community projects, training, networking, and community education. Through the Peace Corps Partnership Program, Rotary clubs can continue to provide small grants to support volunteers and their communities.
Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet and Rotary International General Secretary John Hewko signed the letter of collaboration on Monday, 5 May, at Rotary's headquarters during a ceremony that was attended by RI President Ron Burton and RPCV Rotary staff. In his remarks to the audience, Burton applauded the collaboration and both organizations' commitments to service.
"Today's announcement is particularly meaningful for me because I come from a family of Rotarians," said Hessler-Radelet, referring to her father, grandfather, and aunt. "We are eager to join together in common efforts to inspire volunteerism across the country and around the world."
Hewko noted how both organizations are committed to improving lives and building stronger communities by addressing the root causes of violence and conflict, such as poverty, illiteracy, disease, and lack of access to clean water and sanitation.
The two organizations also agreed to explore expanding the collaboration to more countries based on the results of the pilot. Rotary will enlist the support of its members in recruiting Peace Corps volunteers and involving returned Peace Corps volunteers in service projects at home.
Rotary members made collaboration possibleHessler-Radelet credited Rotary members in the Denver area, particularly returned Peace Corps volunteers Sue Fox, Valerie Hopkins, and Steve Werner, with helping to make the collaboration possible.
The three Rotarians, who attended the signing, are members of the District 5450 Rotary-Peace Corps Alliance Committee, which has sought a formal agreement between the two organizations since 2010.
Werner said they wanted to create an official relationship to make it easier for Rotary clubs and Peace Corps volunteers to connect. "[The letter] ensures compatibility and a shared value system," he added.
Jesse Davis, one of more than a dozen Rotary employees who are returned Peace Corps volunteers, said he hopes the partnership inspires more like it around the world.
"While serving as a Peace Corps response volunteer in Panama, I found myself working with the local Rotary club on countless occasions. They were an integral partner in my work," he said.
Strengthening connectionsThe letter of collaboration not only officially recognizes the partnership between the two organizations, but also encourages Rotary clubs and Peace Corps volunteers to expand the connections already in place.
In Togo, Peace Corps volunteers Daniel Brown and David Gooze have teamed up with Rotary and other partners in the United States and Togo to distribute more than 5,000 soccer balls to disadvantaged youth. They are organizing 'More Than Just a Game' sessions, which use soccer as a medium to teach children about malaria prevention.
"It's just one example of how Rotary and Peace Corps can collaborate on the ground to achieve lasting impact in the communities where we work," Hessler-Radelet said.
Within the Philippines, Thailand, and Togo, Peace Corps posts and Rotary districts will coordinate at the country level with support from the headquarters of both organizations. Local Rotary clubs interested in working with Peace Corps volunteers should contact their district governors. Clubs located elsewhere should work through their Rotary counterparts in the pilot countries.
Read what Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet says on the collaboration
Find out how you can support peace through Rotary
Learn about the Rotarian Action Group for Peace