Vocational Service provides the opportunity for members to expand their knowledge, understanding and needs of other organizations through vocational visits and enables them to use their own knowledge & skills for the benefit of the broader community.
Vocational Service also involves club members serving others through their professions and aspiring to high ethical standards. Rotarians, as business leaders, share skills & expertise through their vocations and in the process hopefully inspire others to greater levels of achievement.
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 recognize the worthiness of all useful occupations and 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.
In October each year 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 vocational focused discussions to vocational awards for excellence at work.
A Notable Vocational Service Project, an Example of What the Club Achieves
The Rotary Club of Maleny has developed a tradition of awarding “Pride of Workmanship Awards” at an annual Dinner. As an example of the varied focus of types of recipients in 2011 the theme of the year’s awards was, “acknowledging the work of the Emergency Services sector in our community” and three very worthy young people were recognized with plaques on the night.
A guiding principle for business and therefore of course those of all vocations that has been adopted by Rotary worldwide is the now famous Four-Way Test. The test has adopted as the central “values statement” for many businesses worldwide.
The Four-Way Test
The test, which has been translated into more than 100 languages, asks the following questions:
Of the things we think, say or do:
- Is it the TRUTH?
- Is it FAIR to all concerned?
- Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
- Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?