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
Must be paid in advance to your District Governor Nominee!
District 7490, DGE Frank Geraghty, 296 South Main Street, Phillipsburg, NJ 07865, 908-213-0055
District 7490, DGN Steve Jarahian, 7855 Boulevard East, N. Bergen, NJ 07047.
District 7500, DVS Philip Lucas, 556 Bric Boulevard, Suite 302, Brick, NJ 08723, 732-920-9000, firstname.lastname@example.org
District 7510, DGN Charlie Minton, email@example.com
District 7640, DGN Ulysses James, 19 Bryant Road, Turnersville, NJ 08102, 856-745-4834, Ulysses@universityfashions.com
Please make checks of $50/person payable to YOUR District and mail to your DGN or other designated person
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.
Buy an Ad to Support Your District's Winner
Show your support for your District's Winner by purchasing an ad in the program we will distribute to all attendees that afternoon. All ads will be printed in black and white.
Full page ads $200 5" wide by 7" high
Half Page Ads $125 5" wide by 3-1/2" high
Business Card Ads $ 75
Ads must be sent in PDF format, Word or jpg format, preferably photo-ready and must be received by no later than September 15, 2014. Send payment by check payable to New Jersey Rotary State Vocational Assembly, c/o DGE Peter Wells (District 7490), 251 Park Avenue, Park Ridge, NJ 07656. As an added value, ads will also be displayed in a PowerPoint before and after the evening festivities.
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.