Albion Rotarian will serve as district governor next year

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 25 August 2015 at 12:00 am

Photo by Tom Rivers – Marlee Diehl, a member of the Albion Rotary Club, is pictured with Kevin Crosby, the current district governor for District 7090, which includes about 70 Rotary clubs in Western New York and Southern Ontario. Diehl will become district governor on July 1, 2016.

ALBION – A member of the Albion Rotary Club will become District Governor next July 1, leading a district of about 70 clubs in Western New York and Southern Ontario.

Marlee Diehl was to take over as district governor in 2017, but the next district governor stepped down from consideration. The current district governor, Kevin Crosby, said input from the district’s leadership was unanimous in having Diehl assume the reins a year ahead of when she had planned.

“She is very dependable and she’s a tremendous asset for the district,” Crosby said after a recent visit with Albion Rotarians.

Diehl has been active in many district events and committees, helping to plan and lead district conferences and training sessions. She served as assistant district governor for three years.

“I was struck right away by her involvement and her commitment,” said Crosby, a Lockport resident and member of the Buffalo Sunrise Club. “She has always stepped up and done not only what we asked her to do, but more.”

Diehl has been active in Rotary since 1994, when she joined a club in Hamilton, Ontario. Diehl’s husband Bill is twice a past president of the Albion Rotary Club. They met at a Rotary conference in Toronto in 2009, when they were both at a training session for incoming Rotary presidents.

Bill was to be president of the Albion club for the first time in 2009-10, while Marlee was to be president of the Hamilton, Ontario club. They became friends at that conference and would marry in December 2011. Mrs. Diehl emigrated and now lives with her husband in Carlton.

As district governor, Diehl said her focus will be celebrating Rotarians, especially those with a long commitment to helping their communities.

For about 35 years she worked as a recruiter, helping companies find executives and leaders in management. While connecting with business leaders, she noticed many wore Rotary pins or had Rotary posters on their walls.

When she was looking for an outlet for community service, she turned to Rotary and joined the Hamilton club in 1994.

She is also active at the First Presbyterian Church in Albion and the Oak Orchard Neighborhood Association.