Avenues of Service
Outside of Club Service, we channel our commitment to service at home and abroad through four Avenues of Service, which are the foundation of club activity.
- 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.
- Vocational Service calls on every Rotarian to work with integrity and contribute their expertise to the problems and needs of society.
- Youth Service recognizes the importance of empowering youth and young professionals through leadership development programs such as Rotaract, Interact, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, and Rotary Youth Exchange.
- 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. Club Service focuses on making clubs strong. A thriving club is anchored by strong relationships and an active membership development plan.
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. For Madison Rotarians, this can be as simple as staining a backyard deck of a disabled veteran to purchasing medical equipment for the local hospital.
Rotary's programs for students and youth can change the lives of those who participate. Through these programs, young people can earn scholarships, travel on cultural exchanges, or help a community through a service project. Programs such a Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA), Rotaract, and Interact are discussed below.
- Adherence to and promotion of the highest ethical standards in all occupations including faithfulness and fidelity to employers, employees, and associates and the fair treatment of them and competitors, the public and those with whom one has any business or professional relationships;
- The recognition of the worthiness to society of all useful occupations, not just one's own or those which are pursued by Rotarians;
- The contributing of one's vocational talents to the problems and needs of society.
Vocational Service is both the responsibility of a Rotary club and its members. The role of the club is to implement and encourage the objective by frequent demonstration, by application to its own actions, by example and by the development of projects that help members contribute vocational talents. The role of its members is to conduct themselves, their business and their professions in accordance with Rotary principles and to respond to projects, which the club has developed.
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.
Madison Rotary has served and will continue to serve internationally with the following projects:
- Annual trip to Honduras to construct eco-stoves and aid in electrical/clean water projects
- Community health programs including Dental and Optometry support in Honduras
- Donations to Rotary Foundation in support of Polio Plus, a program to assist in the eradication of polio world-wide
- Disaster and Emergency Relief to include: Gulf Coast (hurricane), Haiti (earthquake), AL/MS (tornados), Gatlinburg (wildfires)
- Donation of toothbrushes, vitamins, toys, and books to villages in Honduras