The 2017 Vocational Service Award
The Multi-District Vocational Service Awards Assembly is held annually every October. It is a unique event in the Rotary world, the only event that brings together Rotary leadership and Rotarians from across five Districts to learn more about our vocational service and commitment to high ethical standards.
The District 7510 committee selected Diane Grillo of the Hamilton Township Club after evaluating all nominees. Pertinent excerpts from her nomination read as follows:
- Through her senior position she coaches, mentors and instills leadership values to all her employees. Her goal is to seek continued succession in quality leadership. She does this without regard to an employee’s race, color or creed. The employees respond to her with positive feelings and achievements within the organization and in the community.
- As a Rotarian she maintains involvement in her club’s annual champagne harvest brunch as the over-all chair-person and as ticket and fund raising committee. She is instrumental in organizing and conducting the Strides for Strokes annual run at RWJ Hospital. This year she was selected to be the club’s President-Elect.
- She exemplifies community leadership with her participation and involvement in numerous fund-raisers and community to county wide organizations.
The nomination form also asks how the nominee conforms to the Four Way Test.
- The Four Way Test, based on truth, fairness, goodwill, friendships and benfits to all is Diane’s guiding principle in everything she does and accomplishes. She regularly mentors and coaches co-workers, focusing on importance of truth and integrity in dealing with the community. Each program she designs, encourages an individual to be their own advocate and to look toward better health and wellness for themselves and their loved ones.
- She demonstrates this with her work with the Trenton Public Education Foundation and Greater Mercer County Partnership. Diane is a recipient of the Frances Black Humanitarian Award for her commitment to truth and consistency in the information she provided to the public relating to health issues.
- As a Rotarian in her club, Diane fosters honesty and outreach to others. As recently as June 2017 she provided an in-depth presentation of her visit to Nepal. She reported on the health issues there along with a rebuilding effort from a devastating earthquake that has also affected education and normal livelihoods. Using her personal experiences, Diane recommended the Hamilton Rotary Club continue to respond to the needs of the Nepalese people and more fully implement our goat, pens and pencils project already in effect. The projects are being completed in conjunction with District 7510’s ASHA Project and the leadership of PDG Tulsi Maharjan
Diane Grillo puts "Service Above Self" in all that she does and is an example worthy of emulation.