Marlene "Marlee" Diehl

Past District Governor

DG 2016 - 2017


Last year, Marlene Diehl—known to friends as Marlee—celebrated 20 years as a Rotarian.  Her commitment to Rotary runs deep.
After serving several terms on the board of the Rotary Club of Hamilton (Ontario) AM, Marlee met her future husband at Rotary’s MultiPETS training, as both readied for their year as club presidents.  In 2011, she emigrated from Canada to the United States to marry Bill Diehl and joined him at the Albion (NY) Rotary club, where they are both members today.
Marlee has taken on District roles, including Assistant Governor, Area 14; District Training Assembly Chair; and Rotary Leadership Institute Chair. Marlee also initiated and coordinated her club’s grant project, bringing the first computers and e-library to a large school in the Philippines.
Leadership comes naturally to Marlee, who spent her career as an entrepreneur in the recruiting and jobs placement fields in Canada and the US.  She owned her own firm after serving in general manager and sales management roles with other companies.
Marlee’s volunteerism stretches outside of Rotary as well.  She is a ruling elder at her church and active in the Oak Orchard Neighborhood Association.  
Other past affiliations include:  Past Canadian Vice-President of NPA Worldwide Recruitment Network, Past Ontario APPAC Chair (staffing professional association) and Chair of Standards and Ethics for a number of years. Marlee was also one of the founding directors and Chair of the Hamilton Safe Communities Coalition.  As a long-time member of the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce, she was Human Resources Chair and a Chamber Ambassador.
Marlee and Bill have two sons and a daughter, along with eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren.  She enjoys golfing, gardening, biking, reading and being 1st mate on their Freedom 40 sailboat (Tatanka), which is docked at their front door.  They reside in Waterport, NY enjoying life on the Oak Orchard River.  Most summer days, you will find the Diehls sailing on Lake Ontario with friends or with their beloved blended family.
Marlee was the third generation on the family’s mixed dairy farm in Caledonia, Ontario Canada. Here she learned the value of hard work as well as being independent and entrepreneurial.  As a teen, she was a 4-H dairy cattle club member and excelled in the 4-H home clubs, first as a member and then as a leader.
With her strong record of Rotary and community service as well as proven people skills and business expertise, we are delighted that Marlee is incoming District Governor for the Rotary year 2016-2017.