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2 District 5020 Vocational Service Bashir El-Khalafawi, Chair Rotary Club of Parksville AM

3 Vocational Service Vocational Service Vocational Service Is the second of Rotarys Five Avenues of Service, encourages Rotarians to serve others through their professions and to practice high ethical standards. Rotarians, as business leaders, share skills and expertise through their vocations and inspire others in the process. Observed each October, Vocational Service Month spotlights Rotary club projects related to this avenue, offering an opportunity for clubs and districts to use their professional skills in service projects.

4 Vocational Service Vocational Service calls every Rotarian to: Aspire to high ethical standards in their occupation; Recognize the worthiness of all useful occupations, and; Contribute their vocational talents to the problems and needs of society.

5 Vocational Classification When professionals join a Rotary Club they have dual responsibility of:- Representing their particular business or profession Representing their vocation within the club Exemplifying the ideals of Rotary within the workplace

6 Ethical Standards One of the central goals of Vocational Service is to promote and advance Rotarys high ethical standards. Two useful tools Rotarians have to assess these standards are The Four-Way TestThe Four-Way Test and The Declaration of Rotarians in Business and ProfessionsThe Declaration of Rotarians in Business and Professions.

7 THE FOUR-WAY TEST Of the things we think say or do 1. Is it the truth? 2. Is it fair to all concerned? 3. Will it build goodwill and better friendships? 4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?


9 Ethical Standards 1.Honest and explicit use of language. 2.Insisting on proper behaviour. 3.Refusing to allow for gray areas. A 2009 article in Forbes Magazine on Leadership suggests that ethical business practices depend on three things: -

10 Ethical Standards In modern business terms this can also mean:- Communicate openly and honestly Treat all people fairly and with dignity Encourage the diversity of opinions Recognise and reward achievements Respect people and our community Be accountable for our own actions

11 RI Strategic Plan 1.Support and strengthen clubs 2.Focus and increase humanitarian service 3.Enhance Rotary public image and awareness Clubs should follow the RI Strategic Plan as the basis for developing their own plans. The strategic plan comprises three priorities, all of equal importance to Rotary's future: -

12 Vocational Service & RI Programs Several of RIs programs offer opportunities to exercise Vocational Service, including: Rotary VolunteersRotary Volunteers: put your vocational talents to work on a service project Rotary FellowshipsRotary Fellowships: start or join a vocational fellowship group RYLARYLA: teach young people leadership skills Rotary Friendship ExchangeRotary Friendship Exchange: conduct vocational exchanges with Rotarians in other parts of the world

13 Vocational Service Month Vocational Service Month Every October, Rotarians are encouraged to focus their attention on Vocational Service Vocational Service Month is an opportunity to begin year-long vocational service activities It is a good idea to start by completing a Community Needs Assessment. Note; the best projects responds to real community needs

14 Vocational Service Projects 1.Post the Rotary Four-Way Test on prominent billboards about the town. 2.Display the Rotary Four-Way Test at your work place and tell colleagues of your commitment. 3.Have regular classification talks at Club meetings. Individual Rotary Clubs can support the RI Strategic Plan by following any or all of these recommended project ideas:

15 Vocational Service Projects 4.Support the RYLA program with its special emphasis on ethics 5.Sponsor a youth essay contest on how they would apply the Rotary Four-Way Test 6.Include regular place of employment visits in your Club meeting programs

16 7.Encourage Club members to join and take leadership roles in Business Associations 8.Create a Vocational Award programs - Most Courteous Business Persons Top Shop or Pride of Workmanship 9.Walk The Talk by ensuring that your actions always demonstrate high ethical standards Vocational Service Projects

17 Promote Rotary in the workplace Your everyday interactions with colleagues offer some of the best opportunities to promote Rotary. Here are tips for spreading awareness of Rotary in your workplace: Share information about Rotarys work in the community with your business associates. Have your club sponsor a career day for Rotarians to bring students to their places of business. Display the Rotary Code of Conduct and The Four-Way Test in your office or workplace, and use them as conversation starters to tell your colleagues about Rotarys commitment to business ethics and personal integrity.Rotary Code of ConductThe Four-Way Test

18 Canadian vocational project seeks employment opportunities for the disabled More than 180 people with disabilities have landed jobs because of a vocational service project initiated by Rotary districts in Ontario, Canada. Launched in 2008, Rotary at Work, in partnership with Community Living Ontario, teams up with local businesses and employment agencies to develop job opportunities for residents with disabilities. From coffee shops to banks to law firms, Rotarians are helping companies recognize the value of hiring people with physical or mental impairments.Community Living Ontario

19 Vocational Service Resources The following resources can be found by visiting Find general information on Vocational Service and the other Avenues of ServiceFind general information on Vocational Service and the other Avenues of Service Download a promotional flyer for Vocational Service MonthDownload a promotional flyer for Vocational Service Month Subscribe to the free Vocational Service Update electronic newsletter (produced quarterly)Subscribe to the free Vocational Service Update electronic newsletter (produced quarterly) Search for examples of successful vocational service projects, or add your own project to RIs ProjectLINK databaseSearch for examples of successful vocational service projects, or add your own project to RIs ProjectLINK database

20 RI Print Resources. An Introduction to Vocational Service (255-EN),An Introduction to Vocational Service (255-EN) Declaration of Rotarians in Businesses and Professions (200-EN) Vocational Service Month handout Vocational Service PowerPoint presentation Communities In Action: A Guide to Effective Service Projects (605A-EN) Community Assessment Tools (605C-EN) Vocational Service Resource Links.

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24 Vocational Service on Social Media


26 Vocational Service Committee

27 Vocational Service Support District 5020 Vocational Service Chair Bashir El-Khalafawi North Vancouver Island VSC representativeErnie Rose Mid Vancouver Island VSC representative Bob Brown South Vancouver Island VSC representative Vacant North Washington State VSC representativevacant Mid Washington State VSC representativeVacant South Washington State VSC representativeVacant AG representative Vancouver Island Vacant AG representative Washington State Vacant Or contact your Assistant Governor District 5020Vocational Service Committee


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