Posted on Jan 22, 2019
Beverly Ghent-Skrzynski
2018-19 District Governor
 
 
January is
Vocational Service Month 
ROTARY’S SECOND
AVENUE 
OF SERVICE
 
Vocational Service calls every Rotarian to: 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.
 
Happy New Year Family of Rotary!
 
This month we celebrate what I believe is the fundamental tenet of what guides us in our Rotary mission; the foundation of our beliefs and our ethical standards in both our personal and professional lives – Vocational Service.   Please click on this link to go to Rotary International’s brochure about this important Avenue of Service – valuable information if you are a new or newer member to Rotary.
 
It is about dignity, integrity and respect - for one another; for our individual businesses and professions; for the differences in each of us and the uniqueness of our individuality; for those we serve who many times have no place else to turn.  It is an ethical consciousness which gives us a barometer in which to measure the appropriateness of our words, thoughts and deeds. 
   
It is all about our service to our youth through our Interact and Rotaract Clubs, RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards), 4-Way Test Speech Contest and Youth Exchange programs which gives each of us a path to guide and mentor these young people.  The opportunity to offer programs to enhance and develop their leadership and life skills; to give them a voice when they might not otherwise be heard; to assist our youth “outside of the programming circle;” and to share our culture, our families, our way of life and our precious freedoms.
 
It is about the Four-Way Test that was adopted by Rotary International in 1943 and is recited at club meetings throughout our district and around the Rotary World and has been translated into over 100 different languages. 
  
From the earliest days of the organization, Rotarians were concerned with promoting high ethical standards in their professional lives.  One of the world’s move widely quoted and printed statements of business ethics is the 4-Way Test which was created in 1932 by Rotarian Herbert J. Taylor (who later served as RI President) when he was asked to take charge of a company who was facing bankruptcy.  This 24-word code of ethics for employees to follow in their business and professional lives became the guide for sales, production, advertising and all relations with dealers and customers, and the survival of this company is credited to this simple philosophy.   This year’s District 6630 4-Way Test Speech contest is on Saturday, April 6 at Aurora High School.  Please click on this link to go to the district website page for all of the details.  Winners will once again present their speeches at the District Conference of Clubs.  
 
And it is about “Rotarians Doing Business with Rotarians,” one of the founding principles of Rotary. We have made some valiant attempts in the past to develop a directory of the businesses and professions of our Rotarians within District 6630 to be accessible by our members. The article on page 10 (click to go to the newsletter) is once again an introduction to such an initiative – voluntary in nature. Let’s see if we can make this happen whereby we provide a service to all Rotarians…just one more value to membership in Rotary. Not every club can possibly have representation in every vocation, but there just might be a Rotarian in an-other club who can offer the service or expertise you need. Because if you can’t do business with a Rotarian, then who can you do business with?  
 
There is not a Rotary club in this district that Vocational Service does not touch or is not an integral part of their mission.
Thank you to each of you.
 
I look forward to seeing you at the District Conference of Clubs on April 12-13, 2019 at the Cleveland Airport Marriott when we will come together to celebrate each of you.
 
Warmest regards,
 
Governor Beverly
2018-2019
District Conference of Clubs
INSPIRING PEOPLE OF ACTION
April 12-13, 2019
Cleveland Airport Marriott, Cleveland, OH

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