Dear Rotarians:

October is a Vocational Service month in Rotary.  Through the Avenue of Vocational Service, Rotarians contribute their professional expertise and skills to address societal problems and needs, promote high ethical standards in the workplace, support career planning and other vocational activities and represent the dignity and value of their profession.

Many clubs in our District are active in the Vocational Avenue of Service.  Several do Career Days in the local schools.  Several clubs regularly send their members to speak about their professions.  Some Clubs have become active in Junior Achievement that teaches children about the skills needed to be successful in business and life....


Rotarians are expected to promote professional integrity at all times through The Four Way Test.  Rotary’s Four Way Test can serve as a template for weighing the pros and cons of countless issues and decisions that business and professional people have to make every day.  This allows individuals to be better professionals and better Rotarians.

What is your Club doing for Vocational Service? Rotarians can support vocational service by strengthening the emphasis on professional diversity in member recruitment.

Identifying ways to emphasize professions in club activities, placing a stronger emphasis on business networking with integrity at the club and district level –which also is a means of attracting and mentoring the next generation.

Emphasizing the connection between The Four Way Test and the Declaration of Rotarians in Businesses and Professions, and their importance to the values of Rotary (Rotary Code of Conduct).

In our District we have a unique new project called RYNO (Rotary Youth Networking Opportunity).  RYNO allows young people to connect with Rotarians in professions that they are interested in pursuing and also allows them to connect with Rotarians through their Higher Education experiences.  For more information on RYNO, contact me or James McKenna at  or Kylie Lacey at

Many Rotarians in our District have been involved in the Group Study Exchange(GSE). We will not be involved in this program in the future. Rotary International is encouraging Districts to develop Vocational Training Teams (VTT). Our District is developing a plan to exchange Teams with a District in India, near Mumbai. The theme of the exchange will be related to water resources and topics related to water. Good luck and enjoy the Vocational Avenue of Service. Thanks for all you do for Rotary.

William J. Bassett
District Governor