January 2017 is Vocational Service Month

on Wednesday, 11 January 2017. Posted in Recent Programs

January 2017 is Vocational Service Month

Rotarians channel our commitment to service at home and abroad through five Avenues of Service, which are the foundation of club activity. Vocational Service is one of the five. 

Vocational Service calls on every Rotarian to work with integrity and contribute their expertise to the problems and needs of society. It is rooted in the Second Object of Rotary’s purpose and the responsibilities of Rotarians, which calls on us all 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

How can we as Rotarians put these ideals into action? Consider these suggestions:

  • Talk about your vocation in your club, and take time to learn about fellow members’ vocations.
  • Use your professional skills to serve a community.
  • Practice your profession with integrity, and inspire others to behave ethically through your own words and actions.
  • Help a young person achieve his or her career aspirations.
  • Guide and encourage others in their professional development.

If you do any of these things, you are performing vocational service. And if vocational service motivates and energizes you, then you’re in the right place, because vocational service is the very essence of Rotary. It is what sets Rotary apart from other service organizations. 

The 4-Way Test

The Four-Way Test was created by Rotarian Herbert J. Taylor in 1932. Followed by Rotarians worldwide in their business and professional lives it has been translated into more than 100 languages and is used by organizations and individuals throughout the world.


Of the things we think, say or do:

Is it the TRUTH?

Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?

Is it FAIR to all concerned?

Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?