Vocational Service

Vocational Service is one of the Avenues of Service available to Rotarians.

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Vocational Service is concerned with the skills which Rotarians have which are critical and pivotal to our success as Rotarians as individuals, and to Rotary as a whole. 

Rotarians use their skills to develop ethical projects and we share those skills with our fellow Rotarians. 

High ethical standards are an essential part of Rotary. Vocational Service therefore underpins the other Avenues of Service – Club Service, Community Service, International Service and Youth Service. Vocational Service means that the other Avenues of Service can exist. 

There are a plethora of projects and possibilities available to Rotarians in enacting Vocational Service.


The Rotary year 2018-19 was seen as an opportunity to give VOCATIONAL SERVICE an even higher profile in Croydon Rotary Club. To this end the following were proposed:

1.   On the appointment of any new member there will be an invitation for the new member to give a JOB TALK.  Some clubs call this a Life Talk in which the member outlines their background, education, vocation, family and interests. This is seen as an opportunity for existing club members to get to know the new member better.       

2.   TWO VOCATIONAL VISITS are planned for club members. Suggestions of venues will be welcome from members. It is hoped for a second visit to Croydon Clocktower to view the Borough’s art collection and archives.    

3.   Using the District Speakers’ List and/or other contacts it is hoped to invite a VOCATIONAL SPEAKER to address the Club.

4.   To liaise with Thomas More High School to carry out some MOCK INTERVIEWS with selected sixth-form students.

5.   To continue for some members of Croydon Rotary Club to support Whitehorse Manor Youth Centre and Purley and Coulsdon Club for the Elderly (PACE). There are a number of other links by Croydon Rotarians such as Croydon Hearing Resources Centre, Croydon Vision, Croydon Over 60’s Club, Croydon Playing Fields Association and The Arts Society Croydon Area (TASCA).


May Bishop, our newest member, gave an interesting life talk. She has taken up the role of Safeguarding Officer for the Club.

The Mock Interviews with sixth-form students at Thomas More High School proved to be a success and Mock Interviews will again be held on Tuesday 15 October 2019.

Rotarian Trudi Hilton, a Global Pharmacy Consultant, will be guest speaker at our World's Greatest Meal lunch on Tuesday, 29 October 2019.

Club members continue to give of their time and support to local charities and organisations.


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