Welcome to my Newsletter for January 2016. This is a fairly large issue with plenty interest for everyone including; The Concept of Vocational Service, Our Rotary Alumni, Your Fundraising Dollars with The Rotary Foundation, Call for District Governor 2018 – 2019 Nominations, Barossa Conference Updates, Rotary’s 111th Birthday on 23rd February, Special Invitation to National Youth Science Forum, District and RI Database information and much more, so enjoy reading.
        JANUARY 2016  is   Vocational Service Month
Hi everyone ~ Happy New Year!
How do you see Vocational Service as it relates specifically to you?
Whether you are still gainfully employed or you are retired, Vocation is especially important to and for you and your Rotary Service.
As Rotarians we perform Vocational Service every day without realising it.
The Concept of Vocational Service The Object of Rotary is a philosophical statement of Rotary’s purpose and the responsibilities of Rotarians. The concept of vocational service is rooted in the Second Object, which calls on Rotarians to “encourage and foster”:
• High ethical standards in business and professions
• The recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations
• The dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society
As a Rotarian, how can you put these ideals into action? Consider these suggestions:
• Talk about your vocation in your club, and take time to learn about fellow members’ vocations.
• Use your professional skills to serve a community.
• Practice your profession with integrity, and inspire others to behave ethically through your own words and actions.
• Help a young person achieve his or her career aspirations.
• Guide and encourage others in their professional development. If you do any of these things, you are performing Vocational Service.
And if Vocational Service motivates and energises you, then you’re in the right place, because Vocational Service is the very essence of Rotary.
It is what sets Rotary apart from other service organisations
[Thanks to Rotarian Gavin Dallow,  District 9500 Vocational Service Chair, for this article adapted from several articles by Rotarians].