THE Rotary Club of Portmore recently elected a new executive to preside over its 2013/2014 administrative year.
Stephanie Harris, a banker and graduate of the Mona School of Business, is the club's president. She served as secretary in the previous administration.
Harris succeeds Rashalee Mitchell, who at 28, became the youngest president of the Rotary Club of Portmore last year.
Mitchell, an assistant lecturer in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of the West Indies, completed her term in July.
According to Mitchell, there were several major accomplishments during her term.
"Working with Gift of Life International and other Rotary clubs in the United States and Bustamante Hospital for Children to provide vital healthcare for children who had life-threatening congenital heart diseases was one accomplishment," she said. "A total of 19 children benefited from two matching grants in the Rotary year 2012/2013," she added.
The club has also, since 2001, been assisting in sending children with heart defects overseas for treatment. The average operation costs US$5,000.
Mitchell said, too, that the club maintained long-running projects, including its annual health fair which provides services for more than 260 persons in Portmore; and the annual Christmas treat, which saw approximately 300 care packages presented to the elderly and less fortunate throughout the 'Sunshine City'.
Mitchell also pointed to the success of the club year-old Mentor Mentee programme as personally satisfying.
"As an educator I place primary focus on youth and education and the major inroads that it can create in the alleviation of poverty," she said. "Thus, our Mentor Mentee programme with the Braeton Phase 3 Police Youth Club and our attempts to start an Interact Club in Ascot High School, and the donation of books and other academic materials to the library demonstrates our commitment to education and mentorship."
Guy McCallum, a founding member and past president of the club, was named Rotarian of the Year.