Rotary New Jersey Vocational Assembly

This Year's Speakers


Featured Speaker

Ken Blanchard

Management Efficiency and Your Business

Ken Blanchard is among the most sought-after speakers in the country today.  His impact as a writer is also far-reaching. His phenomenal best-selling book, The One Minute Manager, has sold more than 12 million copies and remains on the best-seller list. He has received many awards and honors for his contributions in the fields of management leadership and speaking, including the Golden Gavel Award from Toastmasters International.  When he speaks, he speaks from the heart with both warmth and humor.  He is a polished storyteller with a knack of making the seemingly-complex easy to understand.  


Anne Matthews

A Picture of Leadership

As Rotary continues to promote diversity in its membership, Anne Matthews, from Columbia, South Carolina, has made history. She was the first woman to serve as a Rotary Foundation Trustee, as a Rotary International Director and as its Vice-President.  As a members of Leadership South Carolina, she received two appointments from President Ronald Reagan. An educator by profession, she is a published author and a highly-sought-after public speaker who has spoken in all 50 states and 30 foreign countries. Anne is listed in Who's Who of American Women


Mary French

Founder, "The Dictionary Project"

Mary French is the founder of the Dictionary Project, one of the most popular Rotarian projects in the USA. State.  Through this project, Rotarians donate dictionaries to third graders in each community's schools.  The number of Rotary Clubs in New Jersey who participate in this project is second only to the number of participating Rotary Clubs in Florida.  Mary, a member of the Mt. Pleasant, SC Rotary Club, holds a Bachelor's degree in English with a political science minor from Charleston Southern University. She has been the Director of the Dictionary Project since 1995. She has written and published The Dictionary of Wisdom, The Best Dictionary for Students, A Student's Dictionary,  A Student's Dictionary, Canadian Edition, A Student's Dictionary & Gazetteer, Canadian Edition, and with the help of Karan and Siddarth Rai, A Student's Dictionary & Animal Gazetteer. Mary enjoys reading, walking, and traveling. Her favorite thing about her job is listening to people talk about their experiences implementing the Dictionary Project.



Susan McGahan, Esq.

Volunteer Lawyers for Justice

Susan McGahan, Esq., an intellectual property attorney with AT&T in Bedminster, represents the Volunteer Lawyers for Justice Group, a Newark-based pro-bono group of attorneys.  Established in 2001, VLJ has grown from a grass roots effort of 30 volunteer attorneys in Essex County to a state-wide not-for-profit with five staff attorneys and more than 1,500 volunteer attorneys aiding thousands of clients each year. Its programs include free legal counsel and advice; educational seminars on various legal matters such as consumer law, bankruptcy, family law, and special education; and direct representation for at-risk individuals facing critical civil legal issues. In addition, VLJ's Newark Reentry Legal Services (ReLeSe) assists ex-offenders with civil legal issues serving as barriers to successful community reintegration. VLJ received the "Community Builder Award" from the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice in 2008 and was the 2007 recipient of the New Jersey State Bar Association's "Annual Pro Bono Award."




Register NOW

for the

34th Annual

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

Only $50

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, 

District 7510, DGN Charlie Minton,

District 7640, DGN Ulysses James, 19 Bryant Road, Turnersville, NJ 08102, 856-745-4834,

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.




Meet our 2014 Vocational Service Award Winners

District 7470

Margit P. Rahill


Rotary Club of Jefferson Township 

Margit presently serves as president of one of the few rare book restoration businesses in our nation Turul Bookbindery. In her Rotary life she is a three-sapphire level Paul Harris Fellow, Past President and a 27-year member of the Jefferson Township Rotary Club.  She is also heavily involved in the District as a District Governor Nominee who will serve in 2016-17, as a Past Assistant Governor and Past District Secretary. Margit currently chairs the Walk for the World District fundraiser and has authored numerous worldwide matching grants. She is also heavily involved with the Vietnam Veterans of American Chapter 327.  Margit and her husband Michael have been married for over 40 years.  Her passions besides Rotary include family, grandchildren and her hobby – bowling.  She has bowled on the District bowling league for 16 years. 

District 7490

Lois D. Horowitz, CPM


Rotary Club of Paramus

The Foundation at Bergen Regional Medical Center would not exist were it not for the efforts and dedication of Lois Horowitz. Lois was the founder of the Foundation for the then Bergen Pines Hospital. She served as the Foundation's Executive Director, in addition to her duties as the Hospital's Director of Public Relations and Volunteer Services.  A graduate of Parsons School of Design and Rutgers University CPM program,  Lois was able to use her creativity and management skills in many ways. From 1974-76 she recruited 5,000 volunteers and raised the funds to save the Garretson Forge and Farm Restoration in Fair Lawn, now a historic site and museum.  She served on the Cultural Commission for Bergen County and was the first and only Assistant Director of Cultural and Historical Affairs for Bergen County.  In Rotary, Lois has served for many years as an Assistant Governor and as a chair for the Friendship Exchange. 

District 7500

Thomas McGillick 


Rotary Club of Forked River

Thomas C. McGillick has been a Doctor of Chiropractic for 26 years, and for 25 years a member of the Rotary Club of Forked River. He has served in virtually every elected and appointed position and even today, his club members use words like "highly committed," "engaged," "always volunteering," and "an excellent mentor and role model" when describing him. In June 2014, the Forked River club awarded Tom their "Rotarian of the Decade" award. As a chiropractic doctor, Tom demonstrates a positive and ethical approach to both his patients and his employees. He has overseen the employment, training, and career development of more than 50 employees, always the first to encourage them to seek further education to advance their careers and maintain cutting-edge skills and best practices. Tom's commitment to vocational excellence is exemplified by his presidency of the Monmouth and Ocean County Chiropractic Society and active membership in the state chiropractic society. Tom was the first Assistant Instructor on Chiropractic at Ocean County College, and is an active member of Mandorla, a Christian outreach group to assist community needs.

District 7510

Joseph Clarence Horner


Rotary Club of Hillsborough

Joseph Clarence Horner managed and operated the first automotive diagnostic center in Somerset County.  In 1970 Joe took a position with one of the largest Chevrolet dealerships in Central New Jerssy and advanced from shop foreman to service director winning many awards for service supremacy and outstanding service to others. In the early '70's Joe got very interested in the recycling and waste industry.  He formed his company  Active Disposal Service. His expertise in the solid waste and recycling did not go unnoticed as the 1980's brought yet another high honor and testimony to his character when then Governor Tom Kean appointed Joe to be an advisor on the solid waste council. He has served as the Hillsborough Rotary Club President for 2006-2007, District 7510 Asst. District Governor from 2009-2014, Asst. District Membership & Extension/Committee Leadership 2011-2012. He is currently the Club Service Committee Director for District 7510.  

Rotary District 7640

Rev. David L.Bailey, Sr.


Rotary Club of Salem

Dave Bailey founded Ranch Hope, a home for troubled youth, in 1864. For more than 50 years, Ranch Hope has helped young people and their families from throughout New Jersey and the region. In 2005, Salem Community College honored him with its Community Service Awards.  His most recent honors include: 2006 Community Spirit Lifetime Achievement Award for Salem County and the 1007 Peter M. Cicchino Lifetime Achievement Award given by the New Jersey Alliance for Children, Youth and Families. Rev. Bailey is still active as a speaker in churches and also programs for the Ranch.  He has authored three books: Hope for Dead End Kids: The Story of Ranch, Potholes Along Memory Lane: A humorous look at Days  Gone By and his latest book released in 2013: The Book of Hope. He is also the Founder and Editor of the newspaper, Salt and Light in the News. He previously served as President of the Salem County Chamber of Commerce and the Alloway Ruritan Club.  He served on the Board of Directors for Salem Rotary -- twice as President and Vice President, and now serves on the Board of Pensville National Bank. He is Vice-President of the Penns Gove/Carneys Point Historical Society, past-President of South Jersey Methodist Camp Meeting Association (South Seaville, NJ).