7 October 2013 — Vocational Service revisited


On Saturday, 5 October 2013, several Club Members assisted with the BeTheMatch bone marrow organization and our friend Janet Higgins at the annual Granada Hills Blood Drive. It is always a privilege to work with our sibling Rotary Clubs around town, and with the community organizations like BeTheMatch that have special and personal meaning to our Members, to help people here and around the world.









Five “Avenues of Service.”  Club Service is about team-building, making sure the Rotary Club functions at its peak level. International Service is about reaching out around the world and teaching the local community about our friends everywhere. Community Service is about taking care of the less fortunate in our own back yard. Youth Service is about both caring for less fortunate youth around us and giving youth the chance to learn the ethical and leadership skills that will serve all of us in the future.

So what in the world is this “Vocational Service” thing? October is Vocational Service Month in Rotary, which makes October our annual reason to ask that question. Maybe it’s time for us to figure it out!

The International Assembly is the annual training for incoming District Governors, who will take office five months after this January event. At the 2009 Assembly, then Rotary International President-Elect John Kenny asked Past Rotary International President (1991-92) Rajendra K. “Raja” Saboo, from the Rotary Club of Chandigarh, India, to speak about Vocational Service. We hope to take this lesson and move forward with the ideals of Vocational Service in mind. See what ideas you dream up from PRIP Raja’s words.

(Three 8-minute segments as uploaded to YouTube. by a Rotarian in Serbia…we’ll just need to ignore the Serbian subtitles, but it does become quite an interesting international Rotary experience this way.)


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Here is a link to Rotary International’s official “An Introduction to Vocational Service.” Click the title to see the PDF of the booklet.

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3 responses to 7 October 2013 — Vocational Service revisited

  1. It’s great to be reminded of the importance of Vocational Service and all it encompasses.

  2. What is our club policy on craft talks? Shouldn’t we be having them more frequently than we do? It seems like that should be a regular part of our agenda, especially since we only meet once a month. Or maybe we should set up an online method for craft talks – maybe a member a month does a short write up about themselves.

  3. Roy, I’ve been pondering for ages how to get craft talks going. Ideally we would do them on video, each person getting five minutes to say whatever they want to say. I still want to do that, it’s just not easy getting together with everyone. We don’t have time on the Fourth Sunday. But we’ll keep figuring it out. Maybe we should start with asking everyone for a quick write-up.

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