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April 2015 | Taking our talents beyond the workplace
Make connections in Brazil

If you’re going to the 2015 Rotary International Convention, 6-9 June, plan to arrive early in São Paulo and attend the World Water Summit the Thursday before:

Spend the day on 4 June learning about water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) in schools, and about how your club can address local needs. You’ll hear presentations by experts and have opportunities to ask questions and discuss specific needs at breakout sessions throughout the day. Get inspired and learn new strategies for club and district WASH in Schools projects at this full-day event organized by the Water and Sanitation Rotarian Action Group. Register now.

Convention’s vocational service breakout sessions
Participate in breakout sessions on the afternoons of 7, 8, and 9 June, to learn new strategies and resources for enhancing club and district vocational projects. Service-oriented sessions will address topics related to Rotary’s six areas of focus, vocational service, and other service efforts. The convention mobile app and your program packet will include a complete list of sessions, times, and locations.

Network in the House of Friendship
Visit the House of Friendship to network with fellow Rotarians, Rotaractors, and staff. You’ll learn about Rotary Fellowships, Rotarian Action Groups, Rotary’s partners, and much more. Download the Rotary Fellowships and Rotarian Action Groups 2015 Convention Booth List and prepare to meet people who share your vocational expertise.

Ethics discussion question

What would you do?

One of your club members, a well-known local business owner and a strong advocate of your club’s service projects, is going through a tough business transition and her financial decisions are adversely affecting many of her clients. As a result, community members are questioning her business integrity and her interest in improving the community. Now, her diminished image is having an impact on your club’s reputation.

How do you address this situation?

Rotary Fellowships provide vocational networking opportunities

Groups encourage members to pursue interests with Rotary

Rotary Fellowships empower their members to pursue their passions and connect with new friends in Rotary from all over the world. They unite members who share a particular vocation or have mutual interests in the same field. While most Rotarians join fellowships to connect with their international professional counterparts, to find an outlet for hobbies, and to meet new friends, the unique service opportunities these groups offer keep their members especially active and engaged in Rotary:

Consider joining one of our 64 fellowships, or form a new group if your vocation isn’t represented by a fellowship. Rotarians, their spouses, and Rotaractors are eligible to join.

Rotary International

Hear Raya, a Sesame Workshop puppet, talk about her work teaching children good hygiene habits at this year’s summit in São Paulo on 4 June.


Strengthen Rotary’s image in your community by sharing our successes in these areas: peace, water, health, literacy, and economic development.

Vocational training saves lives in Ethiopia

Team advances neonatal care

Sponsored in part by The Rotary Foundation, a vocational training team of medical professionals from California, USA, provided two weeks of training in neonatal resuscitation in Gondar, Ethiopia, in an effort to lower the region’s infant mortality rate. Using manikins and role-playing in clinical scenarios, the team of five doctors mentored 17 health care providers, who then trained their colleagues in the field. Read Dr. Karin Davis’ account of the training.

Resources & reference

An Introduction to Vocational Service (225-EN) Get information, resources, and project ideas related to vocational service.
RotaryIdeas Search Rotary's online database of club and district service projects in need of assistance.
Communities inAction: A Guide to Effective Project Partners (604-EN) Find step-by-step instructions for developing, implementing, and evaluating a service project.
RotaryCode of Conduct A set of ethical guidelines for Rotarians.
The Four-Way Test An ethical guide to use for personal and professional relationships.

Vocational Service offers information and resources to help Rotarians practice vocational service in their work lives and club activities.

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