Jimmy Keith Crowder, Chairperson
The second of the five (5) Avenues of Service, Vocational Service, fosters and supports the application of the Ideal of Service in pursuit of all vocations. Inherent in the Vocational Service Ideal are:
- Adherence to and promotion of the highest ethical standards in all occupation, including loyalty to employers, employees, and associates, and fair treatment of those with whom one has business or professional relations
- The recognition of the worthiness to society of all useful occupations
- The contribution of one’s vocational talents to the problems and needs of society
Vocational Service is the responsibility of both a Rotary club and its members. The role of the club is to develop projects that help members contribute their vocational talents. The role of members is to conduct their professional lives in accordance with Rotary principles and to share in projects, which the club has developed.
Vocational Service evolved from the “classifications principle”- a feature originally unique to Rotary that limits active membership to one representative from each business or profession. This one-member, one classification system remains the basis for each Rotarian’s personal obligation in Vocational Service – to serve as a representative of that classification within the club. This knowledge and experience gives each club the resources to complete projects that address all aspects of the Vocational Avenue of Service.
Vocational Service involves club members serving others through their professions and aspiring to high ethical standard. Rotarians, as business leaders, share skills and expertise through their vocations, and they 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.