Community Service Committee
As a member of one of our largest committees, you will experience a large number of grant requests giving you a broad view of our community. This committee meets 5-6 times per year. As a committee member, you’ll manage grant requests and projects that directly impact our community. Some of the non-profits receiving assistance in the past include the Cherry Street Mission, Habitat for Humanity, Hannah’s Socks, Adams House, and more. This large committee orchestrates service projects that include the annual distribution of toys collected during the Toys for Tots campaign, serve as Salvation Army bell ringers, and promote and participate in a clean up at the Little Sisters of the Poor. This committee offers a great overview for understanding and participation toward making a difference right here in our own community.
Disability Service Committee
Members of this committee have an opportunity to participate in the long-history of our Club’s focus and service of helping others maintain a relatively normal lifestyle, no matter what their disability. Our Club’s long history with Glendale Feilbach elementary school and the Ability Center have created regularly promoted committee and club projects. Among them include a day at the Toledo Zoo with students from Glendale Feilbach, and an art day at the Toledo Museum of Art. This committee manages all grant requests for any type of disability and meets 4-5 times per year. The Disability Service Committee studies the needs and challenges of the disabled community and recommends steps and procedures to provide solutions.
International Service Committee
The ISC committee manages grant requests and projects that have an international impact. The committee also works with the Engineers Without Borders-UT Chapter; stays connected with our club’s district 6600 through MESA (Medical Equipment Supplies Abroad) and most recently spearheaded a furniture drive that assists international students at UT with their move into our community. As part of our Club’s Centennial Projects, the ISC has adopted three rural villages in Honduras and has committed to long-term development in this area. The ISC holds 4-5 meetings per year. Using the worldwide Rotary resources this committee involves every member in advancing International understanding, goodwill, and peace.
Youth Service Committee
The youth services committee members have an opportunity to experience and manage multiple grant requests that impact the youth in our immediate area. Past youth service grant requests have come from Claire’s Day, Books for Buddies, Children & Youth Services, and others. This committee will manage grant requests during each of the grant cycles, participate in site visits and make recommendation to their committee for projects they feel will have the greatest impact, meeting 4-6 times per year. The committee discovers the problems challenging young people, cooperates with existing social agencies, and establishes help with new organizations when needed. Additionally the committee and its members will serve Kids Unlimited with a hands on project.
Vocational Service Committee
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.
If you do any of these things, you are performing vocational service. And if vocational service motivates and energizes you, then you’re in the right place, because vocational service is the very essence of Rotary. It is what sets Rotary apart from other service organizations. This committee holds mock interviews with high school students and Rotarians in certain fields. It is also sponsoring students for District 6600’s 4 Way Test Speech Contest.