RIBI Len Smith Cup for Vocational Service

RIBI Past President Len Smith presented this cup for annual competition as an incentive to encourage clubs to promote vocational service. It is the avenue of service that makes Rotary different from the many other organisations and charities but is often overlooked as it is largely an individual personal commitment. This cup is for the best club project or programme in vocational service.

Vocational service is a major avenue of Rotary service and is focused on fostering and supporting the application of the ideal of service in the pursuit of all vocations. Vocational service is at the heart of the Rotary movement and Rotarians use these occupational skills, hobbies and other attributes and experience to the benefit of others in communities throughout the nations of the world. 

To recognise annually a club whose vocational activity has encouraged and fostered: 
1. High ethical standards in business, professions and everyday life.
2. The use of personal skills to assist the clubs programmes in the other avenues of Rotary service.
3. The recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations.
4. The dignifying of their members occupations and vocational skills as an opportunity to serve society to provide significant benefit of those within the community at home or overseas.

The cup will recognise a new innovation or a successful project (or group of projects undertaken simultaneously) by the club in any avenue of service but whose outcome was the result of a significant Vocational Service input. 

Initially, the District Vocational Chairmen will consider each entry from clubs in their district and forward the three they consider to be the best to the RIBI Vocational Service Committee.