The FOUR (now FIVE) Avenues of Service…
… as frequently used in Rotary literature and information. They refer to the four (now five) elements of the Object of Rotary:
- Club Service:
Involves all of the activities necessary for Rotarians to perform to make their club function successfully. This includes the Secretariat, Treasurer, Sergeant, Membership Development, Club Bulletin, Public Relations.
- Vocational Service:
Describes the numerous opportunities that each Rotarian has to represent the dignity and utility of one’s vocation to the other members of the club. It also includes programs such as Pride of Workmanship, Shine On Awards, Vocational Talks, Vocational visits to work places, Peer Support Program, Awards Nights.
- Community Service:
Pertains to those activities which Rotarians undertake to improve the quality of life in their community. It frequently involves assistance to youth, the aged, handicapped and others who look to Rotary as a source of hope for a better life. Programs include; liaising with other community groups, Australian Rotary Health, Bowelscan, Drought Relief and Bushfire Recovery, Environmental Water Management, Road Trauma campaign, Walking Tall.
- International Service:
Describes the many programs and activities which Rotarians undertake to advance international understanding, goodwill and peace. International Service projects are designed to meet humanitarian needs of people in many lands. Programs include Rotary Foundation, Ambassadorial Scholars Scholarships, Group Study Exchange, Student Exchange, Paul Harris Fellow Recognition, Royce Abbey Awards, World Peace Scholarships, Shelterboxes, Aquaboxes, Rotary Project Volunteers, Safe Water-Save Lives, Rotarians Against Malaria, Interplast, Donations in Kind.
- Youth Service:
In 2013 a fifth Avenue of Service was added to recognize another key area of Rotary activity, namely Youth development. The addition of the Youth portfolio recognizes the positive changes that are implemented by youth and young adults involved in leadership development activities, community and international service projects and in exchange programs that enrich and foster world peace and cultural understanding. Programs include Debating Competition, Rotaract, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, Summer Science Schools, Youth Exchange, Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment, Model United Nations Assembly.
Although the Avenues of Service are not found in any formal part of the constitutional documents of Rotary, the concept has been accepted as a means to describe the primary areas of Rotary activity. When a Rotarian understands and travels down the “Five Avenues of Service”, the Object of Rotary takes on even greater meaning.