Vocational is defined as relating to a vocation, an occupation, or employment. Whereas, service is defined as the action of helping or doing work for someone. For most of us, we spend our adult lives focused on attaining success (however we personally define success) in the employment, profession, or vocation we engage in. Whereas, in Rotary when it comes to vocational service, our focus is on: 1) adherence to and promotion of the highest ethical standards in all occupations, including fair treatment of employers, employees, associates, competitors, and the public; 2) the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations, not just those that Rotarians engage in; and 3) using our vocational talents to solve the problems of society and meeting the needs of our communities. So, we as individuals tend to focus on our inner goals whereas in Rotary, we focus more on outer goals which will do good works in the world. In Rotary, we use our expertise, our experience, and knowledge to improve the lives of those not as fortunate as us.
Most of you have had opportunities to use your vocation to serve to change lives. What opportunities are you engaged in now? What opportunities would you like to tackle? Whatever those opportunities may be, start the wheels turning now, this month. I can think of no better way to start the new year than to find new ways to serve. Each new year presents new opportunities for us to grow, to unite together, and do good in our world. Andrea and I wish each of you a healthy, happy, and prosperous New Year.
Give the Gift of Rotary,
DG Mike