October 2, 2017
Vocational Service is one of the four service areas represented on each club's Board of Directors. Rotary International thinks that it is essential enough that a month of the year should be dedicated to remembering its history and purpose, as well as initiate projects if that is possible.
High ethical standards in business and professions are the foundation of Rotary. This is why the Four Way Test Speech Contest is an element in each club's Vocational Service Committee's work.
The Four Way Test was conceived in 1932 by Chicago Rotarian, Herbert J. Taylor. This was a time when confidence in business was low and Taylor, who was working to save a business from bankruptcy, wanted to assure high ethical standards. One of the highlights of our club's year is this contest for which prizes are offered to young people who talk about how the Four Way Test has affected their lives.
A way in which local Rotarians can further this work would be to volunteer at Southern Vermont College's Financial Reality Fair which will be held on Tuesday, November 7 from 10 am to 2 pm at Southern Vermont College.
Sophomores from Mount Anthony Union High School will identify a career path that they plan to pursue and will be provided with information on salary and education requirements.
During the fair, students will go table to table spending paychecks which will be assigned based on their career choice and will pay student loans based on their education requirements. Students will pay for various required (housing, food, transportation, etc...) and elective (cell phone plans, vehicles, etc...) goods and services. Students will also be offered the opportunity to "upgrade their skills" during the fair. Should their salary not meet their expected quality of life, students will be able to talk with professionals at "upgrade" tables about pathways within the occupation they have chosen
This is an excellent example of the type of activity in which Rotarians can participate to help develop the skills of future Rotarians.
The Interact Club is another way in which the goals of Rotary are furthered. Listening to students who have been to our sister city in Nicaragua talk about their experience in a Four Way Test Speech is evidence of that.
These are just a few examples of the importance of the Rotary Vocational Service program.
Author: Sally Sugarman (Club Member & Windmill Editor)
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