Vocational Service

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Vocational Service is one of Rotary's Four Avenues of Service. Vocational Service calls every Rotarian to:
  • aspire to high ethical standards in their occupation
  • recognize the worthiness of all useful occupations, and

  • contribute their vocational talents to the problems and needs of society.


When professionals join a Rotary club, they do so as a representative of their classification - their particular business or profession.

Rotarians have the dual responsibility of representing their vocation within the club and exemplifying the ideals of Rotary within the workplace.


One of the central goals of Vocational Service is to promote and advance Rotary's high ethical standards. Two useful tools Rotarians have to assess these standards are

  • The Four-Way Test and

  • The Declaration of Rotarians in Business and Professions.

Project Ideas

  • Classification talks at club meetings
  • Tours of members' businesses
  • Community career fairs and workshops
  • Mentor young people
  • Promote ethical behavior in business
  • Volunteer your vocation
  • Create a vocational award program

Vocational Service Month

Every October, Rotarians are encouraged to focus their attention on vocational service. Vocational Service Month is an opportunity to begin year-long vocational service activities, ranging from Rotary discussions to awards to community projects.