On October 5th some 250 New Jersey Rotarians gathered at the Pines Manor in Edison to celebrate Rotary’s avenue of Vocational Service and to network.
 
The afternoon session featured Investors Bank CEO Kevin Cummings talking about the growth his bank has enjoyed by being involved in the community, in education and in the professional development of all the Investors Bank people.
 
The evening dinner included an address by former R.I. President Rick King where he shared his experiences especially as it relates to the value of the freedoms we enjoy as citizens of the United States. Five Rotarians received Vocational Service Awards from Rick including Newton Rotary’s Denise Current.
 
Denise was cited for her commitment to Rotary both locally and globally. Through her transportation company she has been involved in many Rotary events such as Group Study Exchange Teams and our exchange with students from Japan under the Ross Redmond Exchange Program. Philanthropically, she has donated busses, and delivered them in person, to non-profit orphanages in Mexico and helped another club in the district do the same in the Caribbean. She was a very deserving recipient of the honor and her club turned out in strong numbers to support her recognition.
 
Twice during the New Jersey Vocational Assembly program, once in the afternoon and once at dinner, PDG Bob Pityo of the Cedar Grove Rotary Club was recog-nized for his efforts to bring a Vocational Assembly to New Jersey 36 years ago. Bob and the late Carmine Torsiello of neighboring District 7490 were the co-creators of this event that is unique in the Rotary world. All of us are especially grateful to Bob for his good work in perpetuating the New Jersey Vocational Assembly.