The Object of Rotary is a philosophical statement of Rotary’s purpose and the responsibilities of Rotarians. Promoting integrity through ethical behaviour is an essential part of what it means to be a Rotarian. Rotary clubs and individual Rotarians are committed to vocational service and high ethical standards in all of their interactions, personal business and community.
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
Each Rotary club’s membership represents a cross-section of its community’s business and professional population - whether working or retired - which ensures diversity in experiences and perspectives. As representatives of the local business community, Rotarians are ideally placed to know what is going on in communities; as a corporate entity, Rotary International’s social responsibility philosophy can be summed up by our commitment to transparency in governance, stewardship of financial resources and the environment, and fair work practices.
Vocational service offers each and every Rotarian the chance to share his or her personal and professional skills with groups or individuals that we as an organisation seek to help or support. Vocational service is not just what we do for Rotary activities, it is the Rotarian in us that affects how we act in our vocation.
Rotarians are in a unique position and, with a non-political or religious stance, Rotary has an impartial voice and an unbiased platform. it is worth remembering that Rotary International was, and remains, an original consultant on the formation of the United Nations after World War 2.
This 2019-20 year the Club will continue to support a stimulating range of external Club Visits, with invitations to prospective members, including a tour of the Glastonbury Festival Site just before it opens, a visit to RNAS Yeovilton, a trip on the River Parrett, a Charity Speaker Dinner and a Musical Evening at Jimmy’s Cider Shack.
Club Vocational Chairman
The Langport Arms