Posted by Pete Leenhouts on Dec 02, 2019

Rotarians are focused on taking action to address challenges in both our local communities and around the world.  We channel our commitment to service at home and abroad through the foundation of Club activity, the five Avenues of Service, one of which is Vocational Service.   

Vocational Service calls on every Rotarian to work with integrity and contribute their expertise to the problems and needs of society. Rotarians perform vocational service in a variety of ways.  

  • Members contribute their expertise by working together to improve our communities both locally and globally.  For example: 

    • This year, we’re using a District Community Grant, half of which is funded by the Club, to build a new pavilion in the Chimacum High School garden to support the school’s vocational horticulture program.  Rotarians and volunteers coordinated the construction, managed community donations, and built the structure, which will be opened in January, 2020.   

    • During the 2018-2019 Rotary Year, we supported the Jefferson Teen Center with a grant that helped the Center obtain new furniture and computer equipment for the teens. Rotarians renovated the outside ramp to the building, provided weekly snacks for the teens, installed new computer equipment and moved in new furniture after removing the older, worn out furniture.      

    • This year, we're working with the other six Rotary Clubs on the Olympic Peninsula to develop a project to help citizens of the African nation of Togo build composting toilets in their communities to improve sanitation, reduce infant mortality, and improve the lives of villagers.

    • We completed an extensive global grant in 2018 that helped 24 villages in Honduras dig new fresh-water wells, install water distribution systems, and develop the administrative support needed to support the new systems. 

  • Club members with expertise in and an interest in education support the Club’s youth programs, most notably the Students of the Month program, the scholarship program, the Interact Club at Chimacum High School, and the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) program. Additionally, the Club’s expertise is bolstered by members who serve as educators, administrators and community school board members.

  • Club members who are dentists support their communities here and overseas by donating their time and expertise as needed. 

  • Club members who are librarians contribute their expertise by working to improve commuity literacy in a variety of ways.

  • We are proud to contribute to the community of Port Hadlock by organizing the Hadlock Block Party parade, which always takes place the first Saturday in August. 

  • One of our members hosts the radio station KPTZ program "The Mid-Life Crisis Dance Party".

  • We help Jefferson County maintain the Rotary Pavilion in H.J. Carroll County Park, which the Club donated and helped to build in the early 2000’s. 

  • And, we maintain road cleanliness four times each year in and around the community of Port Hadlock. 


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 Rotary's philosophical cornerstone and the foundation on which club activity is based. 

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.

Find out more about the Rotary Guiding Principles here:


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