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     In the world of Rotary, October is Vocational Service Month.  It is not VACATIONAL Service Month it is VOCATIONAL SERVICE MONTH.  What exactly is Vocational Service?  According to the RI published manual entitled “An Introduction to Vocational Service”, it involves several aspects.  The following is an excerpt from that manual.
The concept of vocational service
     The Object of Rotary is a philosophical statement of Rotary’s purpose and the responsibilities of Rotarians. The concept of vocational service is rooted in the Second Object, which calls on Rotarians to “encourage and foster”:
• High ethical standards in business and professions
• The recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations
• The dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society
     As a Rotarian, how can you put these ideals into action? Consider these suggestions:
• Talk about your vocation in your club, and take time to learn about fellow members’ vocations.
• Use your professional skills to serve a community.
• Practice your profession with integrity, and inspire others to behave ethically through your own words and actions.
• Help a young person achieve his or her career aspirations.
• Guide and encourage others in their professional development.
     When you do any of these things, you are performing vocational service. If vocational service motivates and energizes you, then you are in the right place, because vocational service is the very essence of Rotary. It is what sets Rotary apart from other service organizations.
     When we practice the Four Way Test we are engaging in vocational service because we are demonstrating that we practice our profession with integrity.  If we believe in the Four Way Test we have a set of ethical values that exemplify the way we do business with others and the way we expect others to engage in business with us. During the month of October, let us all focus on vocational service and try to implement some of the points listed above.  If you would like to review the RI manual “An Introduction to Vocational Service”, it is 225en.pdf.

K.R. Ravindran’s life has been molded by family, country, and Rotary. Serving as Rotary president is his way of giving back to each of them.
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Coming October 2-4, The First Ever District Fall Forum
Come early Friday and enjoy Appetizers and a cash bar before selecting a "dine around" restaurant for food and fellowship.
Saturday October 3rd.
From 9AM to 3:30 PM the day will be packed not with talking heads, but rather with round table discussions of best practices and ideas that really work.
 The Ball Room at the Telluride Convention Center in Mountain Village will be set up to facilitate the discussions.  Many of your fellow Rotarians have completed Facilitator Training and will be stationed at topic-specific tables to help the discussions stay lively.
Lunch will offer District Governor Clyde's Awards and the ever popular Flag Ceremony performed by our Inbound Rotary Youth Exchange Students.
Following lunch will be more roundtables if you didn't have a chance to hear all the topics you wanted.
Networking club-to-club has been repeatedly requested by Rotarians at both Conferences and Assemblies. So here it is!
And you can't beat October in Colorado, the colors will be changing in Telluride  (see and the air will be brisk.  Ride the free gondola from Mountain Village to downtown Telluride for a spectacular view of fall colors.  Come early and stay late, explore art galleries, have a custom made hat fitted and buy your chaps and spurs in town.  Don't forget the grub and drinks at one of the great local restaurants before riding the gondola back to the hotel in Mountain Village, no need to drive or find a parking place.
If you want to stay overnight there is a Rotary room block available at the Peaks across the street from the conference center, see The Conference Rate is just $114 per night. The resort fee is $25 and gives you access to pools, spas, and more.
We are offering our very first training on Friday, October 2nd in Telluride, the day before our Fall Forum, on Friday evening and Saturday, October 3rd.  - See more at:
Friday, October 2 the first Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) member training will be held in Telluride. RLI is designed to prepare Rotarians to begin moving into positions of leadership in their clubs and improve the effectiveness of their clubs in serving their communities.  
 Registration will be separate and the link will be posted soon.

Today marks one year since Nigeria last reported a polio case caused by wild poliovirus. The country is on the brink of eradicating the paralyzing disease. If no cases are reported in the coming weeks, the World Health Organization is expected to remove Nigeria from the list of countries where polio is endemic, leaving just two: Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Advocate for a polio-free world



MEMBERSHIP is a word we seem to have become weary of.  We are being told by our District Leaders how important it is to recruit, to retain, and to grow our clubs.  We are told to embrace a more diverse membership.

There are so many tools available at Rotary.Org, it can take hours to survey and find resources that you may want to utilize.   Now I am before you, yet another voice saying we need to do more to recruit and retain our membership.   However, I have discovered a useful tool that makes the planning simple:
The Rotary Membership Action Plan available on Rotary.Org, includes the following 7 components:
  1. Identify
  2. Introduce
  3. Invite
  4. Induct
  5. Inform and orient
  6. Involve
  7. Educate

It is a simple but complete, comprehensive tool.  Local club membership committees could benefit from implementing this excellent tool to recruit new members, to engage existing members, and to ultimately grow their clubs.  District Leadership is available to assist you in developing a comprehensive plan that can change the face of your local club.  Contact your Assistant Governor for more information. Go MyRotary|Home|Learning & Reference|Learn by Topic|Membership for more ideas on Membership for your club.


 D-5470 is now on Facebook!
An opportunity for Rotarians and clubs to share news of their activities with the rest of D-5470. 



As most of you have discovered by now, RI has a new website. It's a two-part site - one for non-Rotarians who want to find out about Rotary, and one for Rotarians. Especially the part for Rotarians is difficult to navigate. RI has finally produced a few video tutorial and here is the link to the one for Rotarians: