06 April, 2011

Beauty, Intelligence and a Passion for Service

Apia Rotary inducts Miss Samoa as its latest member.

Samoa can chalk up a special claim to fame in the Rotary world: for possibly the first time in the history of Rotary International, a reigning beauty queen has become a new member.   Miss Samoa, Jolivette Ete, was inducted into the Apia Rotary Club on 5 April 2011 at the Millennia Hotel, by President Leiataua James Arp.

Miss Samoa’s sponsor, Joanne Rasmussen, said that she had nominated Jolivette because of her passion for the development of children’s literacy in Samoa.  Her energy and commitment demonstrated that she would continue to work for her community long after leaving her present high-profile role.  Joanne confirmed that Jolivette had been inspired to join Rotary by its exceptionally active literacy programme in primary and secondary schools.

Jolivette brings to Rotary a strong educational background and work experience.  Graduating with a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering from the University of Queensland Australia in 2009, she is also employed with the Scientific Research Organisation of Samoa as a Scientist – a position she has had to put on hold pending the completion of fulfilling her duties as Miss Samoa.

President James Arp said that the Rotary board believes Jolivette’s enthusiasm and drive towards the betterment of Samoa’s community means she will be an asset to the Rotary movement.  He said the club has been fortunate to welcome some 20 plus new members during his year in office.   It is a busy and thriving group, with an excellent balance of gender, age and experience.  

The Rotary Club of Apia is actively involved in health, education and community service projects, which have seen more than 5,000 children provided with desks and chairs, x6 fully equipped school libraries, village-based health screening of 5000 adults and children under the Rotary 5000 banner, donations of medical supplies, disaster response programmes such as the 2009 tsunami assistance, the recent fundraising for Queensland and Christchurch victims, and restoration of historical landmarks such as the Apia town clock tower.

If you are keen to become part of a busy club which seeks to improve many aspects of our community, please contact Eugene Paul (on mobile +685 777 0910 or email ejinpago@gmail.com).

Source: Apia Rotary Media Release