According to this 10p RI PDF about Vocational Service  "The Object of Rotary is a philosophical statement of Rotary’s purpose and the responsibilities of Rotarians. The concept of vocational service is rooted in the Second Object, which calls on Rotarians to “encourage and foster”:

  • High ethical standards in business and professions
  • The recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations
  • The dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society

As a Rotarian, how can you put these ideals into action? Consider these suggestions:

  1. Talk about your vocation in your club, and take time to learn about fellow members’ vocations.
  2. Use your professional skills to serve a community.
  3. Practice your profession with integrity, and inspire others to behave ethically through your own words and actions.
  4. Help a young person achieve his or her career aspirations.
  5. Guide and encourage others in their professional development.


If you do any of these things, you are performing vocational service. And if vocational service motivates and energizes you, then you’re in the right place, because vocational service is the very essence of Rotary. It is what sets Rotary apart from other service organizations."  

I recently received the following email from Martha Trolin of Skillmation inviting me and others to mentor incoming freshman at PT High School. I accepted and I hope you will too. 

Good news in our community!  Skillmation has just been asked to help find mentors for a great new program at Port Townsend High School. Thanks to the efforts and vision of Superintendent John Polm, Principal Carrie Ehrhardt and Health, Career & Life Skills teacher Jennifer Kruse, this coming fall, every 9th grader will participate in Community Mentors for Freshmen program.

This is a great leap forward in engaging the attention of our high school students when they first arrive as freshmen, rather than waiting until they are juniors or seniors.  This way they can get a head start on determining who they might want to be in this huge, amazing and confusing world when they graduate.

That’s where you come in. We think you would be terrific as one of their mentors!

As Jennifer explains there are about 50% of Port Townsend HS students who play catch up at the end of their junior year or even into their senior year trying to figure out what they want to do when they graduate. We can help these students graduate knowing what they want their next step to be and having positioned themselves to do it!  

The program will have defined curricula and finite time commitments.  Mentors will meet with students 9 times over the course of the year, for 90 minutes. This translates to 13.5 hours from September through May, plus an initial 90 minute orientation, and a party Skillmation will throw to kick off this wonderful project!

This program hopes to find people from all walks of life and career paths: university/professional, trades/skilled workers, entrepreneur, arts, self-employed etc.  We need everyone's input and support!

Not only do we want you to be a mentor but we know you have a friend or two that you’ve thought would also be great to add as you read this invitation!  We want to be sure to include them too.

So please get back to us with your response, and with the names and emails of other amazing mentors you think would be interesting in becoming a Freshman Mentor. Please contact any of us with your decision, yay or nay.

Martha Trolin:  /  505 690-5874

Doug Ross:  /  360 821 1802

Ben Bauermeister:  /  206 226 3280


Yours in building a stronger community,


Martha, Doug, & Ben

(the Board of Skillmation)

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Yours in Rotary Service,



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