January is Vocational Service Month.

Vocational Service was one of two reasons why Rotary  started. Through the years it served us well as we support each other’s vocation, mentor our youth and use our collective abilities to build efficient and impactful clubs.

Our vocational service is  respected and continues to attract altruistic leaders to Rotary. 

It is built on integrity, truth and doing what is fair and beneficial to all concerned. 

We recognize the worthiness of all useful professions and the dignifying of each occupation as an opportunity to serve humanity.

Yet many Rotarians are reluctant to take up leadership positions because of the fear of Rotary overload.

So many of you are surprised when I tell you that I have a full time job. The fallacy is that you have to be semi or fully retired to navigate the responsibilities of a District Governor.

After six months I can safely say that I am successful in balancing my work and Rotary. 

It is not difficult, once there is focus and balance. I focus on what I am good at, which I must confess is a short list and the rest of the District’s responsibilities is spread out among a team of dedicated and accomplished Rotarians. We are very careful to not overload anyone so that everyone can enjoy serving.

In our clubs, if we want to attract more members to step up to leadership positions whether it is  becoming the club’s President, heading up a project, or just being part of a committee, we have to revisit our expectations of volunteer positions and make changes where necessary. 

No one should be expected to give more time than a volunteer position requires.

As we embark on a New Year it is a good time to make our 2020 vision one of balance and focus so that Rotary complements and not compete with our lives.