The concept of Vocational Service is rooted in the Second Object of Rotary, which calls on Rotarians to encourage and foster:
- High ethical standards in business and professions
- The recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations
- The dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society.
As Rotarians, we have many opportunities to take these notions and place them into action. Here are just a few suggestions:
- Discuss your profession at your club meetings and take the time to learn about your fellow members.
- Use your expertise and skills in your community, perhaps in a service project.
- Practice your profession with integrity, and inspire others to behave ethically.
- Coach and mentor youth who might be interested in your field.
- Consider the Four-Way Test in the workplace and your daily life.
To practice Vocational Service:
- Nominate a Rotarian for the Robert Stubbs Guardian of Ethics Award* and a candidate for the Lee Arrendale Vocational Excellence Award* by December 1st, and recognize each at a club meeting.
- Participate in vocational tours during the Rotary year.
- Provide a copy of the Four-Way Test to new members
- Observe Vocational Service Month in January by recognizing a vocation that represents your community’s business and professional population
- Have members give classification talks throughout the year. And don't forget to have members do updates so that newer members who might have missed it the first time have the opportunity to learn about seasoned members.
- Create a calendar that marks the celebrations of various vocations and ensure that your club celebrates those vocations in a meaningful way.
*Click HERE for Nomination Forms.
For more information on Vocational Service, please click HERE for the Rotary.org Vocational Service brochure, or contact your District Vocational Service Chair.