2017 NJVA    WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 4th    3-8PM




This unique event brings together Rotary leadership, Rotarians and guests from across the five Districts of New Jersey to celebrate our vocational service and commitment to high ethical standards. RI President T.A. Warren (1945-46) said, “The only unique feature of Rotary is Vocational Service. Everything else we do is repeated by every other recognized service organization.” At the Assembly, an outstanding Rotarian, duly nominated and chose from each district, will be individually recognized and honored for exemplifying Vocational Service and for demonstrating high ethical standards through his and her business or profession. New Jersey is the only state in the Rotary world to sponsor a Vocational Assembly in which every club in the state participates. 


See http://www.eventbrite.com/e/rotary-new-jersey-vocational-assembly-tickets-36116629812 or contact your District ticket chairperson listed below for tickets and ad journal advertising. Tickets are $60 per person. Due to the anticipated high turnout, we strongly encourage you to buy tickets online as soon as possible. IF TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE, they will be $70 per person at the door.


• D7470 – Ray Freaney | rayfreaney@gmail.com 

D7490 – John Mitchell | mitchellj69@gmail.com 

D7500 – May Montag | maymontag@gmail.com 

D7510 – Joe Spera | joe@speraelectric.com 

D7640 – Vicky Beyerle | gb_vb@comcast.net


Registration – 3:30 PM 


Opening Program – 4:00 PM


Networking & Fellowship – 4:45 PM


Dinner & Awards Program – 5:45 PM




John Smarge


John Smarge has been a Rotarian and resident of Naples, Florida since 1982. John and his wife Cindy are Major Donors and Bequest Society Members. John served as President of The Rotary Club of Naples in 1992-93 and as District 6960 Governor in 1995-96. He was a member of the Rotary International Board of Directors in 2010-2012 and Chairman of the Executive Committee, 2011-2012. John has twice been a Delegate to the Council on Legislation and has served as a Rotary International Membership Coordinator, Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator and Rotary Coordinator Training Leader. Currently John is Aide to the 2018 – 2019 Rotary International President.

Rochelle R. Hendricks

Rochelle R. Hendricks was named the first Secretary of Higher Education for the State of New Jersey in May 2011. As Secretary, she is responsible for policy and program development to enhance the capacity and competitiveness of New Jersey’s higher education institutions. Secretary Hendricks has engaged the agency in the national higher education reform agenda while focusing on advancing the blueprint for reforming higher education recommended by the Governor’s Higher Education Task Force chaired by Governor Kean, as well as the report issued by the UMDNJ Task Force chaired by Dr. Sol Barer. The office has been reorganized to enhance implementing the reform agenda which, with bipartisan support, has resulted in the largest academic merger in US history and the first higher education facilities funding in two decades.