Vocational Service Chair

Currently the the role of "Champion" is vacant. If you are interested in the great work of Disaster Aid, and would like to 'champion the cause' in the District please let the Service Projects Team Leader PDG Michael Milston know governor9700milston@bigpond.com  | 0419 414 959
Vocational Service
Vocational Service Background
The second Object of Rotary is: To encourage and foster high ethical standards in business and professions, to recognise the worthiness of all useful occupations and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society.
The Vocational Service portfolio provides the Club and individual Rotarians the opportunity to be community leaders by pursuing high ethical standards and supporting programs that promote excellence in various vocations. Clubs should encourage members to improve their vocational talents and adhere to the 4-Way Test.
Paul Harris wrote: "Each Rotarian is a connecting link between the idealism of Rotary and their trade or profession”.
October is Vocational Service Month
The planning of vocational activities rests with the Club Service Director who should appoint a Vocational Service Chair.
To assist in the planning of the Club‘s vocational activities for the year prepare a calendar detailing vocational activities for each month of the Rotary year. The bulk of the activities are low cost and do not require a great deal of labour or organisation; some ideas include a Pride of Workmanship program, public speaking competitions within the Club and community; also Vocational and professional networking visits to: local businesses, water treatment plants, council works depots, libraries, Police and Fire Stations. Many Clubs hold information on vocational activities such as workplace mock interviews for students and work experience opportunities for school leavers.
Check out this resource:
Wiradjuri Cultural Exchange (Group Study Exchange)
PDG Michael Milston (Orange Daybreak)
0419 414 959
Service Objective
The GSE program is a unique cultural and vocational exchange opportunity for business and professional men and women in their initial years of professional life. The program is designed to develop professional and leadership skills among young adults so that they can address the needs of their communities and an increasingly global workplace. GSE offers Rotarians the opportunity to participate in sending, receiving, and sharing educational experiences of study teams that will enhance Rotary’s worldwide mission. GSE participants follow an extensive and rigorous program of international travel and team activities.
A Wiradjuri - Lakota Exchange
Rotary Districts 9705 and 5610 will organize and support GSE teams in 2020-2021. The teams for this exchange will be made up of Wiradjuri Australians and First Nations Native American Indians.
The outgoing Wiradjuri team of 5 has been selected consisting of young Wiradjuri professionals who live and work within the boundaries of Rotary District 9705.  The team will be led by Rotarian Donna Murray, a proud Wiradjuri woman currently working and living in Canberra, originally from Wagga Wagga.
The incoming team to Australia will consist of Native American Indians (from the South Dakota tribes of the Lakota Sioux) selected and supported by Rotary District 5610 (South Dakota, United States of America).
CoViD-19 Impact:
The pandemic postponed the exchange scheduled for April 2020. Subject to travel restrictions and the health of the Lakota people, the exchange is not likely to occur until 2021
Other contacts
Ken Engsmyr (RC of Parkes)
ken.engsmyr@bigpond.com  |  0418 246 662
Team Leader: Rtn Donna Murray (RC of Canberra)