Happy New Year colleagues in Rotary!
 
We are now in a new year. This time normally brings new hope, dreams, and goals. I truly wish you and your loved ones an amazing 2021. I thank each one of you for the work you have done in the first half of the Rotary Year 2020-2021.
 
In December 2020, I completed all my official club visits in District 9211. This month is designated for Vocational Service. I am quite passionate about Vocational Service in Rotary, and the various Rotary Fellowships.  I love the fact that we all have classifications in Rotary, and that each one of us brings something to the table. We each have a skill set that can be used to help the less fortunate through Rotary Projects. Our founder, Paul Harris, said, Of all the one hundred and one ways in which men can make themselves useful to society, undoubtedly the most available, and often the most effective are within the spheres of their occupations.”
Vocational Service allows Rotary to develop and support Rotarians as they apply the ideal of service in their occupations – this is the essence of Rotary. Therefore, Vocational Service is referred to as the bedrock, and the shining principle of Rotary. Everything else that we do is also done by some other organisations, but what makes us unique is found in the realm of Vocational Service. How can Vocational Service be used in your club?  I share a few suggestions:
 
  • Talk about your vocation in your club, and learn about fellow members’ vocations. 
  • Use your professional skills to serve a community.
  • Practice your profession with integrity, and inspire others to behave ethically through your own words and actions.
  • Help a young person achieve his or her career aspirations.
  • Guide and encourage others in their professional development.
 
If you do any of the above things, you are performing Vocational Service. If Vocational Service motivates and energises you, then you are in the right place, because this service is the very essence of Rotary. In this remaining half of the year, I request all clubs to review their Vocational Service programs to ensure they are maximising the opportunities and benefits it provides.  I urge you to continue to making difference in the world as you move from success to significance.
 
Once again, I thank all of you for serving humanity to make a difference. We have had an incredibly active first half of the Rotary Year, and you have each played a vital role to make inspire and transform communities. I recognise your hard work every day.  Best wishes to you and your families. Have a peaceful and happy 2021.
 
Rosetti Nayenga
District Governor 2020 - 21
Rotary International District 9211