New Jersey Rotary Vocational Assembly
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Registration: 3:30 pm
Program begins at 4:00 pm
at the Pines Manor, 2085 Route 27, Edison, NJ 08817
History of the Vocational Assembly
It all began 33 years ago, in 1981, when two visionary Rotarians decided to continue a New York Area Vocational Assembly that had lasted from 1978 to 1980 and involved a majority of New Jersey Rotarians. Past District Governor Bob Pityo and Past Director and Treasurer, the late Carmine Torsiello, initiated and organized the first New Jersey Vocational Assembly. Upon the approval of the respective state district governors, District 7470 served as first host, followed by District 7490 the next year, and continued annually (and successfully) for the next 30 years with each of the five districts hosting in succession.
The purpose of the Assembly was to afford Rotarians from the entire State of New Jersey the opportunity to come together to celebrate and learn more about the true meaning and purpose of Vocational Service, as well as to clarify Vocational Service so that every Rotarian could enthusiastically pursue its ideals.
Several years later, a significant feature was added to the event—the Vocational Service Award. Today, a Rotarian, duly nominated and chosen from each district, is individually recognized and honored for exemplifying Vocational Service and for demonstrating high ethical standards through his or her business or profession. This remains an essential highlight of the program at each Vocational Assembly.
RI President T.A. Warren (1945-46) once said, “The only unique feature of Rotary is Vocational Service. Everything else we do is repeated by every other recognized service organization.” The late Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, an honorary Rotarian, repeated that statement when he appeared at the 1985 and 1989 Assemblies as the keynote speaker (with more than 1100 Rotarians in attendance). This is when Rotary International recognized the true significance and importance of this unique event and began to participate. Since 1985, more than a dozen sitting RI presidents have acted as keynote speakers, signifying a real tribute to what was begun by two individuals in 1981.
Today, New Jersey is the only state in the Rotary world to sponsor such an Assembly, in which every club in the state participates. We hope that through the hard work and dedication of many Rotarians, this Assembly will continue for many years to come and that Vocational Service will remain as major an emphasis of Rotary as it was on the day of its founding.
Nominate Your Club's Rotarian for the Vocational Service Award from Your District
Is there someone in your Rotary Club who has consistently demonstrated Rotary's precept of "Service Above Self" and used his or her vocational skills to help your community, your Rotary and projects around the world? Nominate him or her for the prestigious Vocational Service Award. One award winner will be chosen from each District; winners will be honored at the Vocational Assembly Dinner. You can download an application form. All applications must be sent to the District Governor-Elect for each District by August 22.
Network with fellow Rotarians
At this year's Vocational Assembly, you will have a wonderful opportunity to meet hundreds of Rotarians from all over New Jersey. So bring plenty of business cards with you. As a special bonus, the first 300 pre-registered Rotarians to arrive at the Pines Manor will receive a complimentary business card holder emblazoned with the Rotary logo.