Vocational Service describes the opportunity each Rotarian has to represent the dignity and utility of one’s vocation to the other members of the club, as well as the responsibility of the club to undertake projects related to such areas as career planning, vocational training, and the promotion of high ethical standards in the workplace.
We sponsor three Interact Clubs:
- StaffordSenior High School
- ColonialForge High School
- The Gladys Oberle School
Interactors from the Oberle School help with the Honduras Orphanage project with UMW Rotaractors.
The Rotary Club of Stafford sponsors the Rotaract Club at the University of Mary Washington, the largest Rotaract Club in Rotary District 7610.
Employee of the Quarter based on adherence to 4-Way Test
Employees are nominated by club members and selected by the Vocational Service committee. The award, a savings bond, is presented at a Rotary meeting.
Essay Contest-based on 4-Way Test with area Middle School Students
This was the first year for this, and the response has been good.
Stafford Rotary Club Speech Contest on 4-Way Test with area High School Students
This contest has been offered for the past four years. We have had participants from each of the Stafford County High Schools. A club level contest is held. Then the winning student competes at a district level contest.
2007 Speech Contest Finalists at District Conference
We award two scholarships to graduates of each of our five high schools. The Vocational Service committee coordinates selection of recipients with the high school administrators, counselors, and Interact Sponsors.
We send two students each year to Presidential Classroom
and we send two to four students each year to the Chesapeake Bay Conference
RYLA -Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Camp
Each year, thousands of young people take part in the RYLA program worldwide. Young people aged 14-30, chosen for their leadership potential; attend an all-expenses-paid seminar, camp, or workshop to discuss leadership skills and to learn those skills through practice. Rotary Clubs and Districts select participants and facilitate the event's curriculum. RYLA aims to:
- Demonstrate Rotary's respect and concern for youth
- Provide an effective training experience for selected young people and potential leaders
- Encourage leadership of youth by youth
- Recognize young people who are rendering service to their community
District 7610’s Camp RYLA was held at Prince William Forest National Park. Five students sponsored by our club attended.
Book Buddies- In Partnership with the Salvation Army. Purchase books for the Salvation Army to give to children at Christmas.
Olde Forge Ministries We are currently awaiting grant finalization for a computer lab for this community’s after school center.
Supporting Every Child Ready to Read@Your Library by purchasing training materials for the Central Rappahannock Regional Library.