Posted by Pete Leenhouts on Nov 24, 2019

Rotarians channel our commitment to service at home and abroad through five Avenues of Service, which are the foundation of club activity. The Avenues of Service are part of the Guiding Principles of Rotary, which include the Object of Rotary, and the 4-Way Test.

The five Avenues of Service are: 

  • Club Service, which focuses on making clubs strong. A thriving club is anchored by strong relationships and an active membership development plan.

  • Vocational Service calls on every Rotarian to work with integrity and contribute their expertise to the problems and needs of society. 

  • Community Service encourages every Rotarian to find ways to improve the quality of life for people in their communities and to serve the public interest.

  • International Service exemplifies our global reach in promoting peace and understanding. We support this service avenue by sponsoring or volunteering on international projects, seeking partners abroad, and more.

  • Youth Service recognizes the importance of empowering youth and young professionals through leadership development programs such as Rotaract, Interact, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA), and Rotary Youth Exchange.

The Five Avenues of Service are Rotary's philosophical cornerstone and the foundation on which club activity is based. 


Club Service focuses on strengthening fellowship and ensuring the effective functioning of the club. This Avenue promotes the development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service. It involves the activities necessary to make the Club function successfully and achieve its goals. As a volunteer organization, nearly all Club members have the opportunity to pitch in to help the Club run smoothly. 

  • Program Committee - Plans and schedules program speakers of high standards and quality at the weekly meetings; engages with members to reach out and bring informative and timely programs to our members and guests.

  • Leadership Development - a core tenet of Club service is ensuring that every member has the opportunity to develop their potential for both service above self and leadership. We maintain an active development program for committee members and chairs, and Club leaders, including our president, president-elect, president-elect nominee, and the members of our Board of Directors.   

  • Club Public Image Committee - manages the Club’s public relations programs to keep Rotarians and non-Rotarians alike informed about the Club as well as the broader aspects of Rotary International. That committee maintains oversight and control of the Club website, newsletter and all content including photos, reporting, and social media.

  • Bylaws Committee - This committee, constituted as needed, maintains the integrity of the Club’s Constitution and Bylaws and recommends changes to the Board of Directors; and reviews and makes recommendations to the Officers and Board of Directors on all matters of a legal nature affecting the Club.

  • Administrative Committee - supports weekly meetings by ensuring all members and guests are greeted at the door, setting up and taking down Club material, coordinating presentation support, staffing the lunch payment table, and so forth.   

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