Rotary - Making a Difference

RI President Ian H.S. Riseley recognizes the importance of Rotary clubs defining service for themselves and their communities.During the 2017-18 year, President Riseley encourages Rotary members to answer the question “What is Rotary?” with the theme Rotary: Making a Difference.

However members choose to serve, they do so because they know their service makes a difference to the lives of others. Whatever your motivation for joining Rotary, it is the satisfaction of knowing that you are part of Rotary: Making a Difference that causes you to remain. Below are just a few activities you can undertake throughout the year to continue making a difference:

  • Volunteer on a service project and use your professional skills to help others.
  • Inspire others by posting your vocational service projects on Rotary Showcase or supporting a project on Rotary Ideas.
  • Join a Rotarian Action Group to use your technical skills to assist service projects around the world.
  • Join or form a Rotary Fellowship related to your vocation.
  • Emphasise integrity in your club by recognising Rotarians for high ethical standards.
  • Guide a young person to achieve his or her career aspirations and encourage others in their professional development.
  • Work with your district international service chair to offer your expertise as part of a district resource network. Let your chair know if you have technical expertise in one of Rotary’s six areas of focus, project planning and implementation, community assessment, measurement and evaluation, or other key aspects of large-scale projects and grants.

Review the humanitarian service goals to learn how your vocational service projects can help your club qualify for the 2017-18 Rotary Citation. The citation recognizes clubs that achieve goals related to Rotary’s three strategic priorities: to support and strengthen clubs, focus and increase humanitarian service, and enhance Rotary’s public image and awareness.

Vocational Service in Action Handbook

As part of Rotary’s guiding principles and the Avenues of Service, Vocational Service calls on Rotarians to empower others by using their unique skills and expertise to address community needs and help others discover new professional opportunities and interests.

This handbook can help you gain a better understanding of vocational service and provide you with ideas to practice it through your service activities, in your personal life, and in your career’

Click here to access handbook

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