Professions are important in Rotary. Each Rotary Club is expected to have a balance of professions, and members are expected to follow the Declaration of Rotarians in Business and Professions, which was was adopted by the Rotary International Council on Legislation in 1989 to provide more specific guidelines for the high ethical standards called for in the Object of Rotary. The Code is as follows:
As a Rotarian engaged in a business or profession, I am expected to:
- Consider my vocation to be another opportunity to serve.
- Be faithful to the letter and to the spirit of the ethical codes of my vocation, to the laws of my country, and to the moral standards of my community.
- Do all in my power to dignify my vocation and to promote the highest ethical standards in my chosen vocation.
- Be fair to my employer, employees, associates, competitors, customers, the public, and all those with whom I have a business or professional relationship.
- Recognize the honor and respect due to all occupations which are useful to society.
- 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.
- Adhere to honesty in my advertising and in all representations to the public concerning my business or profession.
- Neither seek from nor grant to a fellow Rotarian a privilege or advantage not normally accorded others in a business or professional relationship.
The goal of the Vocational Service program is to promote ethical behavior within the Club and to foster such behavior within the community. During the past year, the program:
- Held regular Rotary Club meetings at Aerovironment, the Calleguas Water District, and For The Troops
- Awarded scholarships to students that totaled more than $1,000
- Participated in Hillside Middle School’s Portfolio Day
- Conducted the Four Way Test of Truth essay contest at Hillside Middle School.
The Four Way Test of Truth is a key part of Rotary’s Code of Ethics. It is a methodology for analyzing how a Rotarian should act based on:
- Is it the truth?
- Is it fair to all concerned?
- Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
- Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
Students use the Four Way Test of Truth to analyze some situation in their lives and determine the best way to act. The Club awards the three winning essays with cash prizes and also sends the winning essay to our Rotary District 5240 to compete against other essays from students within the district. The essay from Hillside Middle School has won at the District level for the last three years.
The winners of this year’s contest (from left to right) are Brandon Freed (1st place), Hannah Sereno (2nd place) and Kaitlin Theobald and Roberto Perez (tie for 3rd place). Our Vocational Service Director, Steve Caswell, is pictured with them.