4 January 2016 — Vocational Service Month information


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The calendar year finishes quietly. We look forward to the launch of a huge second half of this 2015-2016 Rotary Year.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 10 — 12:30pm to 2:00pm-ishA SPECIAL MEETING to enjoy discussion of the topics first presented at the Club Assembly during the Fourth Sunday Meeting in November. This will not be a regular “Rotary Club Meeting,” it is a team discussion of our existing projects and possibly future projects.  We will gather in The Fireplace Room at Denny’s, 5525 Sepulveda Boulevard in Sherman Oaks.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 24 — 12:30pm to 2:00pmOur FOURTH SUNDAY meeting for January! Speaker TBA.  We gather in The Fireplace Room at Denny’s, 5525 Sepulveda Boulevard in Sherman Oaks.  (Meeting reminders: Inspiration, Richard; Pledge, Linda C; Four-Way Test, TBA; Rotary Minute, TBA; Mini Craft Talk: Daniele.)  BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING in The Fireplace Room at 11:00 a.m.


We have launched our Clunkers4Charity fundraiser! If you know of anyone (yourself included) who wants or needs to donate a car for tax purposes, send them to our website…and to the Clunkers4Charity “Link” you see at the right side of this page. Funds we raise will go right into the community for our projects.











Under its new monthly calendar of themes, January is now regarded by Rotary International as Vocational Service Month. Vocational Service tends to be the least understood “avenue of service” in the Rotary universe. Fundamentally, Vocational Service offers us the opportunity to focus on ethics (in business, but hopefully spilling over into all aspects of life) and to use each Rotarian’s vocation, talent, and skill in furtherance of service.

The Rotary District based in and around San Diego, California, has gathered one of the most comprehensive, yet very simple, descriptions of Vocational Service we have found, and this week’s Program give us the opportunity to check out just two pages within one website to learn a tremendous amount about Vocational Service and get us thinking about how we, as a Rotary Club, can apply it.

After you read the first page, be sure to click on the “Origins of Vocational Service” tab at the top of that page for some interesting history and some words of wisdom–what other quality of words would we expect out of this gentleman?–from Past Rotary International President Cliff Dochterman.




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6 responses to 4 January 2016 — Vocational Service Month information

  1. The page by the district in San Diego is well put together.

  2. Nicely worded.
    I hadn’t seen the Rotary Code of Conduct before, in all the years I’ve been in Rotary! Glad to know about it.

  3. Those are very good materials on Vocational Service. Rotary is not very good at explaining Vocational Service even though it is such an important feature of the founding of the organization. Maybe we should consider a vocational service award of some type as a way for our club to recognize its importance.

    • I like the idea of a vocational service award. I would suggest one given to a business leader/owner in the Valley who exemplifies the ethical standards of The Four Way Test.

  4. Cliff Dochterman was one of our best RI Presidents… and a Californian to boot! Nice write up on Vocational Service.

  5. It’s interesting to see how the one thing that distinguishes Rotary from other service organizations isn’t really in practice much anymore. Great history on Vocational Service, thanks.

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