Rotary Clubs strive to be representative of their communities, including the community's businesses and occupations. Membership in Rotary includes a specific link to each member’s vocation and this unique feature is the source of Rotary’s historic commitment to vocational service.
Through vocational service, Rotarians are expected to:
1) adhere to and promote high ethical standards in all their business dealings,
2) recognize the worthiness of all useful occupations, and
3) contribute their professional expertise and skills to addressing societal problems and needs.
High Ethical Standards
Rotarians promote the practice of high ethical standards as part of their commitment to vocational service. Two tools developed by Rotarians — The Four-Way Test and the Declaration of Rotarians in Businesses and Professions — provide a road map for practicing ethical behavior.
Rotarians strive to promote and advance high ethical standards by setting a positive example among employees, associates, and the community in general. All types of work-related interaction offer an opportunity to encourage ethical behavior.
Recognizing and Promoting the Value of Occupations
Rotary members seek to connect with others' occupations through a variety of means. Some examples:
1) vocational talks by members - e.g. yoga instructors, municipal planners
2) arranging speakers from various businesses and professions - e.g. Halifax Dartmouth Bridge Commission, chiropractors
3) sponsorship of professional development for youth - e.g. Rotary Youth Leadership awards, Rotary Leadership Institute training, Rotary International scholarships (Peace and Global Grant)
4) encouraging members to join and take leadership roles in business and vocational associations
5) holding informal professional networking events - e.g. joint Rotary / Fusion event
There is always more to learn and there are always more connections to make.
Contributing Skills and Expertise
Rotary members seek to employ their skills and expertise to aid others through projects and other activities. Some examples:
1) Serving on projects in Rotary and other organizations requiring professional services - e.g. lawyers, accountants, designers
2) Mentoring to share knowledge, skills, and values to help mentees succeed in their academic and vocational pursuits
3) Volunteering through vocational-related programs - e.g. Junior Achievement's economics of staying in school program
Our occupations are important to us as individuals and Rotary provides many opportunities to serve through our occupations.