Posted by Ken Meyer on Jan 04, 2019
As the Vocational Service Director for Rotary E-Club of One World, I welcome the opportunity given me by our Club President, Amina Sammo, to highlight the place that vocational service fits in Rotary in the month that Rotary International has designated as Vocational Service Month.
One need look no further than the guiding principles of Rotary and the Rotarian Code of Conduct to find the strong place Vocational Service plays in Rotary.  I have bolded below in those principles and code the language which I think often times come into play as we work and serve in our individual vocational pursuits.
Object of Rotary
  • FIRST: The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;
  • SECOND: High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society;
  • THIRD: The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business, and community life;
  • FOURTH: The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.
The Four-Way Test

The Four-Way Test is a nonpartisan and nonsectarian ethical guide for Rotarians to use for their personal and professional relationships. The test has been translated into more than 100 languages, and Rotarians recite it at club meetings:

Of the things we think, say or do
  1. Is it the TRUTH?
  2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
  4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
Avenues of Service
We channel our commitment to service at home and abroad through five Avenues of Service, which are the foundation of club activity.
  • Club Service focuses on making clubs strong. A thriving club is anchored by strong relationships and an active membership development plan.
  • Vocational Service calls on every Rotarian to work with integrity and contribute their expertise to the problems and needs of society.  Learn more in
  • Community Service encourages every Rotarian to find ways to improve the quality of life for people in their communities and to serve the public interest.
  • International Service exemplifies our global reach in promoting peace and understanding. We support this service avenue by sponsoring or volunteering on international projects, seeking partners abroad, and more.
  • Youth Service recognizes the importance of empowering youth and young professionals through leadership development programs such as Rotaract, Interact, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, and Rotary Youth Exchange.
Rotarian Code of Conduct
As a Rotarian, I will:
  1. Act with integrity and high ethical standards in my personal and professional life.
  2. Deal fairly with others and treat them and their occupations with respect.
  3. Use my professional skills through Rotary to mentor young people, help those with special needs, and improve people’s quality of life in my community and in the world.
  4. Avoid behavior that reflects adversely on Rotary or other Rotarians.
We can all consider this month how our membership in Rotary and in pursuit of its ideals informs and improves our vocational pursuits.

Please enjoy for this week’s program the following video entitled “2009 International Rotary Assembly - Vocational Service Part 1.”  Next week we will view Part 2. When you see these videos think about your best Rotary experiences with vocational services. Then I hope that two or more of you will be willing and happy to share some of those experiences with the club for our last two programs of the month—either in writing, a videotaped message, or in one or two Zoom meetings set up for a few of us to talk about this topic. I look
forward to hearing from you and wish each of you a
Happy New Year!

Yours in Rotary,
Ken Meyer
Club Vocational Service Director
This video, 2009 International Rotary Assembly - Vocational Service Part 1, is presented by Past Rotary International President (1991-92) Rajendra K. Saboo from the Rotary Club of Chandigarh.

(If you cannot see the video below on your device, click here).

Look for 2009 International Rotary Assembly - Vocational Service Part 2 (and the rest of the story) next week
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