During January, Rotarians are encouraged to focus on this important avenue of Rotary service. Discussions on vocational service can lead to projects that not only develop the ethical consciousness and vocational skills of Rotarians but also the talents within their communities.

Vocational Service Month is an opportunity to begin year-long vocational service activities, ranging from Rotary discussions to awards to community projects.


Vocational Service focuses on:

•        High ethical standards in business and professions.

•        The recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations.

•        The contribution of your vocational talents to solving the problems of society and meeting the needs of the community.

Following are possible activities to undertake during Vocational Service Month:

1.       Devote the first meeting in January to examining Vocational Service, including The Four-Way Test and The Rotary Code of Conduct*

2.       Show your members the District video on Elevating the Four-Way Test   CLICK HERE or schedule a presentation by emailing rotary5960ethics@gmail.com. Solicit member input in planning projects for the remainder of the year.

3.       Introduce a “mini-classifications talk” series; each member gives a five-minute talk on his or her current or former vocation or retirement activity. Schedule one speaker at the beginning of meetings throughout the year until everyone has made a presentation.

4.       Present a vocational award to someone or organization in the community who has exemplified outstanding professional achievement while maintaining high ethical standards. Promote the presentation within the community, and consider making it an annual January event.

5.       Give a Four-Way Test framed certificate to all speakers to post in their office with your club’s name on it.

6.       Invite experts to give a presentation on the vocational needs of the community and develop a project in response to those needs.

7.       Work with local businesses to create mentorship, internship, or practicum opportunities to help young people achieve their career goals.

8.       Share the Rotary Code of Conduct

For more details:   Introduction to Vocational Service: https://bit.ly/36CjVyA