Vocational Service


Vocational Service calls on every Rotarian to work with integrity and contribute their expertise to the problems and needs of society.

Learn more in An Introduction to Vocational Service and the Code of Conduct.


Dublin Central has hosted several Group Study Exchanges over the years.


Vocational service is not just what we do for Rotary activities; it is the Rotarian in us that affects how we act in our vocation.


"What is Vocational Service?” 

Vocational Service is one of Rotary’s Avenues of Service.   Vocational service offers each and every Rotarian the chance to share his or her personal and professional skills with groups or individuals that we as an organisation seek to assist.

In keeping with DG Verity’s theme for 2013/14 "Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things", then let Vocational Services within District 1160 allow for Rotary to take ordinary men and women and give them extraordinary opportunities to do more with their lives than they ever dreamed possible.”


Paul Harris wrote: "Each Rotarian is a connecting link between the idealism of Rotary and their trade or profession".

The Objective of Vocational Service promotes the value of vocational work and the recognition and application of the 4-Way Test in business and personal life. Aims to stimulate and promote Club Vocational Service Projects and assists clubs to develop projects, encourage mentor programmes, plan activities for October’s Vocational Service month. Encourages clubs to present Vocational or Business Excellence Awards and three of the four objectives of Rotary relate to Vocational Service, underlining its importance to the philosophy and culture of Rotary. Those objectives are:


  • 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.


The Definition of Vocational Service: 

Vocational Service is the way Rotary fosters and supports the application of the Ideal of Service to the pursuit of all vocations.


The Responsibility for Vocational Service: 

Vocational Service is the shared responsibility of both the Rotary Club and its members.  The role of the Club is to implement and encourage the objectives by its own actions in dealing with the community and by the development of projects that enable members to use their vocational talents in the service of the community. The role of members is to conduct themselves and their businesses in accordance with Rotary principles, and support the Vocational Service projects that the club has developed.


Since 2011 Vocational Services has been reinstated in RIBI as one of the five avenues of service in order to devote more time and expertise to each avenue of service.   The original aims of the Vocational Services will continue as before. 

The list of what has been done in the past is only matched by the potential for what will be done in the future, not the repetition of past events but in finding new challenges and matching Rotarians' talents to them.


All Rotarians should implement the following strategies in their support of Vocational Service:

  • Strengthen the emphasis on vocation and classification in new member recruitment and induction.

  • Identify means of emphasizing vocation in club activities.

  • Create a stronger emphasis on business networking with integrity in Rotary at the club and district level.

  • Focus more attention on business networking with integrity as a means of attracting and mentoring the new generation.

  • Emphasize the connection between the Four Way Test and the Rotary Code of Conduct (formerly called: Declaration of Rotarians in Business and Professions) and their importance to the values of Rotary.


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 Rotary Code of Conduct, both available at: http://www.rotaryroom711.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/The-Four-Way-Test.jpeg


Vocational Service offers each and every Rotarian the chance to share his or her personal and professional skills with groups or individuals that we as a premier service organisation seek to assist. 


Vocational service adds value to all areas of Rotary service by supporting the projects and work of the other service committees. It will do this by identifying ways in which the knowledge, skills and experience of Rotarians can be used to improve the outcomes of service projects.