District Rotary 9800

Vocational Projects


Vocational Services Seminar

A District Vocational Seminar is to be held at the Melbourne Men’s Shed, Level 1, Federation Square car park, on Sunday 8 November 2015 at 10.00 am to 12.00 noon.

The purpose in holding the seminar is to spread the message of the new vision in the Vocational Avenue of Service to those clubs that wish to participate in the vision.

This message has been sent to Clubs with a Vocational Chair listed

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A New Era for Vocational Service

At the Vocational Service Illuminated session at District Assembly, the incoming Vocational Service Committee (minus the Chair, Justine Murphy, who was in NSW taking part in an Ultra Marathon) outlined their new approach to develop Vocational Service programs and projects across the District. The following provides an overview of their approach:

Vocational Service Plan 2014-15

Our vision is for Vocational Service to be a dynamic, respected club service division within District 9800, with multiple District programs, which create positive, lasting change in our clubs and our communities.

The 2014-15 Vocational Service Committee will be working with the District Leadership Team and Clubs to finalise a three year Strategic Plan which will develop Vocational Service as a sustainable, healthy club service division, at District and Club level.

With a focus on identifying, promoting and communicating successes, the key to the strategy development and execution is a strong, skills based Vocational Service Committee, rather than the traditional program leadership base, with focus on two key areas:

Build Vocational Service Appreciation - To promote and increase understanding of vocational service across the district and wider community.

Vocational Service Program Development - To identify, nurture and expand great programs from across the District in order to ensure sustainability.

The table below provides an overview of the projects and programs overseen by the Vocational Service Committee:


Police Mentoring - Refocused

The Victoria Police Leaders Mentoring Program is now in its seventh year, and 130 police ranking from Assistant Commissioner down to Senior Sergeant have participated. The program was originated by RC Central Melbourne-Sunrise, and several of the larger D9800 clubs have participated along with clubs from four other Victorian districts. To date mentorees have been partnered with one senior business mentor and one Rotary mentor.


Life After Stroke

Vocational Service Supported Project

Contact: Bob Slater, Rotary Club of Carlton

Partnership with numerous stakeholders, including the Stroke Association of Victoria, to provide practical support to identified stroke survivors, supporting them to re-enter the workforce through vocational mentoring and links with established industry, education, training and recruitment networks.


ENACTUS Student Mentoring Program

Vocational Service Supported Project

Contact: Anne King, Rotary Club of Central Melbourne Sunrise

Partnering with ENACTUS and Businesses to provide mentoring to university student teams, providing practical support and professional development in building sustainable projects for community benefit.

Vocational Service Engagement

Club Support Project

Introduce training, information and other resources as identified to ensure that Vocational Service Chairs are supported and empowered to develop robust Vocational Service programs within their Clubs.

Vocational Skills Bank

Club Support Project

Introduce the ‘under development’ District wide vocational skills bank to be held by District and distributed with regular updates to Club Vocational Service Chairs.

Vocational Visit Database

Vocational Skills Bank

Introduce a database of potential Vocational Visits for Clubs to access for ideas. To be updated through recommendation by Clubs.

Help Drive this New Era

With a focus on identifying, promoting and communicating successes, the key to the strategy development and execution is a strong District Vocational Service Committee.

Therefore, as part of the evolution and re-invigoration of Vocational Service, the committee is seeking interested Rotarians to join the skills based committee. If you want to be part of an exciting, dynamic year of change; have skills in any of the areas outlined below; are energetic and driven; and can spare 2-4 hours per month – then we need you!

Skills required in the 2014/15 Rotary D9800 Vocational Service Committee:

  • PR / Marketing
  • Communications
  • Event Management
  • Research & Evaluation
  • Rotary Networking
  • Business Networking

This is a brilliant opportunity to step into a district committee and use your own vocational skills to Light up Rotary. Register your interest now by emailing Justine Murphy, D9800 Vocational Service Chair on vocational@rotarydistrict9800.org

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