Vocational Service values underpin much of what Rotarians do - promoting ethical practices in all vocations, recognising the value of all useful occupations and taking action by contributing their vocational talents to the problems and needs of society. These values apply across all Avenues of Service.
Through Vocational Service we:
These values lie behind everything we do.
Alan Seale, Rotary Club of Central Melbourne-Sunrise
The application of one’s vocational skills to serve others is a core value of Rotary. Club Vocational Chairs work with Community, International and Youth Service Chairs to identify service opportunities that match the vocational strengths and interests of their members. (Refer to Skillsbank under District Programs). Resources to assist in developing promising opportunities are available through organisations like RAWCS for International Service, RABS for Community Service, Rotary Connects in Club Service, and online in My Rotary.
The websites listed above offer a menu of programs that recognise and build on occupations that contribute to the community – be it through professional development through work placements, mentoring or exchange programs, recognising excellence in corporate social responsibility, awarding excellence in customer service, etc. These programs often overlap club programs in Community, International, and Youth Programs. This simply demonstrates how Vocational Service underlies everything we do.
Leadership around ethical behaviour is an important element of every Rotary position. This is clearly expressed in the Four Way Test and the Rotary Code of Conduct. Clubs can do much to reinforce this value in its internal affairs and in its local business community. Rotary International and in Australia through the above websites have provided a rich list of programs currently used by clubs around the world to promote ethical behaviour.
Victoria Police, in association with Rotary Districts across the state and the business community have established a successful partnership to deliver the Victoria Police Leaders Mentoring Program. It is a structured 12 month development program that partners a Police mentee with a business or Rotary mentor in order to further develop the Police members’ leadership skills relevant to their role in the Force.
Rotarians have a great breadth and depth of knowledge in various professional fields along with life experiences and are often available to take on mentoring roles in their broader communities. Rotarians interested in assisting as mentors are encouraged to contact the Vocational Service Committee.
Exchange programs are a well-established Rotary vehicle for personal and professional development. Historically, D9800 has participated in reciprocal group exchanges, typically four weeks in length with teams of four or five members from participating districts, and funded by the Rotary Foundation.