What is vocational service? As active and engaged Rotarians, we view vocational service as a way of life. Vocational Service encourages Rotarians to serve others through their professions and to practice high ethical standards. Rotarians, as business and community leaders, share skills and expertise through their vocations and inspire others in the process by volunteering to serve others.
The Object of Rotary is a philosophical statement of Rotary’s purpose and the responsibilities of Rotarians. Thus, the concept of vocational service is rooted in the Second Object, which calls on Rotarians to “encourage and foster”:
- High ethical standards in business and professions
- The recognition of the worthiness of all occupations
- The dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society.
As a Rotarian, how can you put these ideals into action? Consider how WE-GO Rotarians provide vocational services:
- We talk about our vocation in our club, and take time to learn about fellow members’ vocations.
- We use our professional skills to serve our club and community.
- We practice our profession with integrity, and inspire others to behave ethically through our own words and actions.
- We help young people achieve his or her career aspirations.
- We guide and encourage others in their professional development.
- We network with associates to help serve others.
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.