The Objective of Vocational Service

The introductory statement and three of the four objectives of Rotary relate to Vocational Service, underlining its importance to the philosophy and culture of Rotary.

Those objectives are:

  • To encourage and foster high ethical standards in business and professions, to recognise the worthiness of all useful occupations, to dignify the Rotarian's occupation as an opportunity to serve society.
  • To apply the ideal of service in personal, business and community life.
  • To advance international understanding and goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of
    businessmen and professional men and women united in the ideal of service.

Paul Harris wrote: "Each Rotarian is a connecting link between the idealism of Rotary and their trade or profession".

The Definition of Vocational Service

Vocational Service is the way Rotary fosters and supports the application of the Ideal of Service to the pursuit of all vocations.

The Responsibility for Vocational Service

Vocational Service is the shared responsibility of both the Rotary Club and its members.

The role of the Club is to implement and encourage the objectives by its own actions in dealing with the community and by the development of projects that enable members to use their vocational talents in the service of the community. The role of members is to conduct themselves and their businesses in accordance with Rotary principles, and support the Vocational Service projects that the club has developed.

Vocational Service in District 9685

Vocational Service programs, by their nature, offer excellent opportunities for involvement with your local business community. This involvement can lead to creating a raised awareness of what Rotary stands for, to support and sponsorship of your club's other programs, and to membership growth. Many Vocational Programs can be undertaken by a small group of Club members over a relatively short time frame, and at low cost. Most Clubs have a number of Vocational activities that they support on a continuing basis, which we encourage you to continue. There may be an opportunity to pass details of those successful programs on to other Clubs where that is appropriate.

District 9685 needs to attract men and women with the capacity to influence, motivate challenge and lead their communities in service to ensure that Rotary's profile as the world's premier service organisation is retained.