The simple education that we were able to pass on … was priceless.
Jenny Miller, president and owner of Senior Care Concepts Inc., a geriatric-care management company based in Warwick, was recently elected 103rd president of the Providence Rotary Club. She is the youngest of the seven female presidents in the club’s 103-year history.
Earlier this year, Miller participated in an international water project in the Dominican Republic, where she and other club members installed water filters, built a latrine and trash incinerator on the bateys of La Romana.
Miller is a member of the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers, and the National and Rhode Island Associations of Social Workers. She holds an M.A. in social work and gerontology from Boston University.
PBN: Do you think women’s leadership roles in the Rotary Club are evolving?
MILLER: Absolutely. It was not until 1980 that women were even allowed to join Rotary. The women who have [become] members of our club [have been] outstanding! Along with our male counterparts, we are getting the job done. Last year our female president was able to collaborate with a young female medical student to assist with the funding of a [nutritious] lentil paste [for] children with HIV in India. Two of our female members started a community high school program, [called] Interact to educate students about Rotary, leadership and service in their community.
PBN: Do you think your nomination will influence future members?
MILLER: Yes, yes and yes. Rotary is changing every day. [It] started out as a business-men’s service club 103 years ago. The thought of having a young businesswoman as the president was something that I am not sure those founding fathers could have ever imagined. I am hoping to take the traditions of the past and excitement of today and make sure that the future of the Providence Rotary Club not only stays strong and vibrant, but continues to assist those in need.
PBN: In what ways did your involvement in the Dominican Republic water project change and/or influence your world perspective?
MILLER: When my family turns on the faucet or goes to the refrigerator to get water we do not think about the possibility that it is not clean, we just know we are thirsty. It seems so simple, but while I was in the Dominican Republic, this was something that the residents of the bateys (migrant-worker communities) needed to constantly think about. We as Americans are so fortunate to have the education and resources we do. The simple education that we were able to pass on to the leaders in the community was priceless. •