Rotary District 9465 Vocational Services Chair Mike Raspa was our guest presenter on Wednesday 17 September.
Mike has been a Rotarian for 15 years and is passionate about the contribution that a good club Vocational Services program can make to the community. He sees the the range of activities covered by the Vocational Services Avenue of Service as key to the health and wellbeing of clubs, with a good vocational program helping to bond the community and the club. With vocational opportunities starting at age 0 with the Imagination Library (childhood literacy) and extending through school-age scholarships to pride of workmanship awards for people of all ages, Mike has a point.
Listen to Mike’s presentation as he outlines the range of vocational services available to clubs, and suggests ways in which clubs can use vocational activities to enrich members’ Rotary Experience.
The Vocational Service Leadership Award recognizes Rotarians who have made a significant impact in advancing vocational service.
An individual may receive this award only once.
Candidates must have exhibited significant support of vocational service by fulfilling each of the following criteria:
• Exemplifying integrity and high ethical standards in their vocation and in Rotary
• Using their vocational talents to serve the community.
Personally undertaking at least one of the following:
1. Mentoring a young person to help that person succeed in vocational pursuits
2. Organizing a vocational service discussion or group workshop to inspire others to take action
3. Teaching other club members about their vocation by participating in a classification talk
4. Participating in a business networking event that introduces non-Rotarians to the principles of vocational service
5. Implementing an activity to celebrate Vocational Service Month in October
6. Participating in another vocational service project that meets local needs
Awardee: Marilyn Hopkins – Margaret River Rotary Club
The Rotary Club of Margaret River has provided funding for a program aimed at encouraging year one students to use their local public library called reading rabbits.
All year one students in the Shire of Augusta-Margaret River are given a Reading Rabbits pack that includes general library information, colouring in and a special reading rewards card. Every time the student borrows a book from the library they will be given a stamp on their card.
After ten visits to the Library by one of the students prizes such as stationery, stickers and book vouchers available from the Margaret River Bookshop are awarded as incentives to encourage reading.
Reading Rabbits is sponsored by Rotary Club of Margaret River, The Margaret River Bookshop and Scholastic Australia.
Marilyn Hopkins was instrumental in setting up this program together with the Shire Librarian as a Vocational Program of the Margaret River Rotary Club. The success of the program is self evident.
Marilyn as a lawyer has used her skills for social causes and is a long standing member of Rotary.
Marilyn is a most worthy recipient of Vocational Service Leadership Award and the first recipient of this award in D9465. She will join a distinguished list of previous recipients on the Rotary International register of awardees.