“Of all the hundred and one ways in which men can make themselves useful to society, undoubtedly the most available and often the most effective are within the spheres of their own occupations.” Paul Harris in The National Rotarian, January 1912.
This is the month we focus on Vocational Service. This is the contribution of your vocational talents to solving the problems of society and meeting the needs of the community.
Vocational service calls on Rotarians to encourage and foster:
  • High ethical standards in business and professions
  • The recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations
  • The dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society
By including men and women from diverse professions and backgrounds, Rotary recognizes the importance of all skills and occupations. A vibrant Rotary club reflects the businesses, organizations, and professions in its community, embracing diversity in experiences and perspectives. Your professional life and vocational service go together. Rotarians have a dual responsibility: to represent their occupations within their club and to exemplify the ideals of Rotary in their places of work.
The variety of vocations in all of our clubs to me is one of the main things that make our clubs successful in serving. We all have different talents and abilities that are so useful to our communities and beyond. Please be looking for different projects and committees to join to use these talents.
We will be celebrating our gifts to The Rotary Foundation on Feb. 4 at Pinecrest Country Club in Longview. Registration information will be available soon. I hope you will join us in this celebration!
Let’s get excited about Rotary in 2023. Happy New Year!
DG Carolyn