President Mary’s Peaceful Piece
Fall is here, Oktoberfest is over (we are celebrating with Oom Pahs) and school is back in session. For RCCC, that means it is time for our Youth Leadership Program which begins in October. Each year, our Youth/New Generations Committee organizes a five- week program for up to 25 high school juniors and seniors who want to learn more about Rotary, leadership and our community. This year, led by Eric Ireland, Bonnie Swanson and Rich Greenwood, the program will kick off on October 15 and meet weekly until November 14. On November 14, the teens will join us at our club meeting and then, the students will spend the rest of the morning with one of our fellow Rotarians. This activity will give us the chance to impact positively on a young person’s career choice and demonstrate what it is to be a member of RCCC and a leader in Frederick.
This Youth Leadership Program is one of the numerous ways our club demonstrates a key object of Rotary which is Vocational Service. Vocational Service is focused on sharing industry knowledge and so our 60 Second Spots and New Member Talks are illustrations of Vocational Service and give us more insight into what our members do professionally.
Another example of Vocational Service is signified by how members demonstrate the highest business ethics which in Rotary is exemplified by the Rotary 4-Way Test and the Rotary Code of Ethics which I am sharing with all. Here it goes:
As a Rotarian, I will
1. Exemplify the core value of integrity in all behaviors and activities
2. Use my vocational experience and talents to serve in Rotary
3. Conduct all of my personal, business, and professional affairs ethically, encouraging and fostering high ethical standards as an example to others
4. Be fair in all dealings with others and treat them with the respect due to them as fellow human beings
5. Promote recognition and respect for all occupations which are useful to society
6. Offer my vocational talents: to provide opportunities for young people, to work for the relief of the special needs of others, and to improve the quality of life in my community
7. Honor the trust that Rotary and fellow Rotarians provide and not do anything that will bring disfavor or reflect adversely on Rotary or fellow Rotarians
8. Not seek from a fellow Rotarian a privilege or advantage not normally accorded others in a business or professional relationship
As Rotarians of the Rotary Club of Carroll Creek, we excel at Vocational Service. We are the pillars of our community and together we create a community that values business ethics and Service above Self. Quite a responsibility and I know we meet that challenge. I am proud to say I am a member of the Rotary Club of Carroll Creek.
There can be hope only for a society which acts as one big family, not as many separate ones.
Anwar Al-Sadat, Egyptian President and Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize