Vocational Service is Rotary's second Avenue of Service

Statement on Vocational Service
Vocational Service is the way Rotary fosters and supports the application of the ideal of service in the pursuit of all vocations. Inherent in the Vocational Service ideal are:
   1) Adherence to and promotion of the highest ethical standards in all occupations, including faithfulness and fidelity to employers, employees, and associates, and fair treatment of them and of competitors, the public, and all those with whom one has any business or professional relationships
   2) The recognition of the worthiness to society of all useful occupations, not just one’s own or those pursued by Rotarians
   3) The contribution of one’s vocational talents to the problems and needs of society

Vocational Service is the responsibility of both a Rotary club and its members. The role of the club is to implement and encourage the objective by example and by development of projects that help members contribute their vocational talents. The role of members is to conduct themselves, their businesses, and their professions in accordance with Rotary principles and to respond to club projects.

Declaration for Rotarians in Businesses and Professions
The 1989 Council on Legislation adopted the following declaration for Rotarians in businesses and professions:

As a Rotarian engaged in a business or profession, I am expected to
   1) Consider my vocation to be another opportunity to serve
   2) Be faithful to the letter and to the spirit of the ethical codes of my vocation, to the laws of my country, and to the moral standards of my community
   3) Do all in my power to dignify my vocation and to promote the highest ethical standards in my chosen vocation
   4) Be fair to my employer, employees, associates, competitors, customers, the public, and all those with whom I have a business or professional relationship
   5) Recognize the honor and respect due to all occupations which are useful to society
   6) Offer my vocational talents to provide opportunities for young people, to work for the relief of the special needs of others, and to improve the quality of life in my community
   7) Adhere to honesty in my advertising and in all representations to the public concerning my business or profession
   8) Neither seek from nor grant to a fellow Rotarian a privilege or advantage not normally accorded others in a business or professional relationship

The 2004 Council on Legislation further supported this declaration by adopting a resolution that all Rotarians continue their dedication to cultivating a life that exemplifies Rotary’s commitment to ethics in business and professions, and
that Rotary clubs continue to build upon their significant record of attracting and seeking out individuals who exemplify the high ethical standards of Rotary as the organization moves into the 21st century and its second 100 years of service.

The Four-Way Test
The Four-Way Test was created in 1932 by Rotarian Herbert J. Taylor, who later became president of Rotary International. The Board agreed that it should be brought to the attention of Rotary clubs:

              THE FOUR-WAY TEST
              of the things we think, say or do:

             1) Is it the TRUTH?
             2) Is it FAIR to all concerned?
             3) Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
             4) Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

Reproduction and Use
The sole purpose of any reproduction or use of The Four-Way Test should be to develop and maintain high ethical standards in human relations. The test should not be reproduced in any advertisement intended to increase sales or profits. It may, however, be used on the letterhead or in the literature of a firm, organization, or institution to convey its sincere attempt to conduct itself along the lines of The Four-Way Test. All reproductions of The Four-Way Test should be in the form shown above.

Any Rotary club or group of clubs that reproduces The Four-Way Test in something it distributes should list the name(s) of the club(s) directly after the reproduction. The Four-Way Test should not be referred to as a “code” in any

Rotary Volunteers
The Rotary Volunteers program was established to create greater awareness among Rotarians of the volunteer opportunities within Rotary-sponsored service projects as well as worthy projects of other organizations. This RI Structured Program helps clubs and districts identify volunteers for service projects who possess expertise and skills unavailable locally. Rotarians, spouses, Rotaractors, Rotary Foundation alumni, and non-Rotarians (where Rotarians are not immediately available) may participate in the program.
The RI Board has established a limit of up to 1 percent of the total number of Rotarians in a district who may serve as registered Rotary Volunteers. In addition, volunteers are expected to have a proven level of professional and technical skill and should be at least 25 years old.
Club presidents and governors should appoint Rotary Volunteer committees to enhance the use of Rotary volunteers. RI maintains a registry of volunteers and service sites on its website.

Vocational Service Month
Vocational Service Month is observed each October to emphasize the involvement of clubs in the everyday practice of the ideals of vocational service. Recommended club activities during Vocational Service Month include: recognizing a Rotary Volunteer at a district-level event, promoting involvement in Rotary Fellowships, sponsoring a vocational service activity or project, and promoting membership development in open classifications.