Community and Vocational Service

Our objective is to give help and guidance to enable all Rotarians to identify and address the needs of their local community using their personal, vocational skills and abilities.
Our aims are to inform, encourage, motivate, stimulate and create awareness, and to promote the use of available resources, particularly the RIBI "Opportunities to Serve".
All community and vocational service is an opportunity to raise awareness of the Rotary Club and the wider work of Rotary.

The Four Way Test

Of the things that we think, say and do:
1. Is it the truth?
2. Is it fair to all concerned?
3. Will it build goodwill and better relationship?
4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

If you are looking for a club project, here as some possible suggestions.
All have been tried by at least one club in the district. 
Why not tell us what works for your club?

Community Service

  • Undertaking gardening for partially sighted and elderly.
  • Visiting a local care home.
  • Sponsoring a 'Citizenship' award for a local high school
  • Supplying the Dictionary4Life to two local 'underprivileged' schools.
  • Organising a Christmas Fayre for local charities to have a free stall, to raise awareness/funds and to find out how the club might support their work. This event earned a double page in local paper.
  • Christmas Tree Festival, with local charities raising awareness of their aims and activities and benefitting from £4,000 raised.
  • Santa's Grotto for young children and to raise Rotary awareness.
  • A litter pick
  • An anti-litter campaign entitled, 'Don't be a Tosser'.
  • Grant made to local young gymnast to support training for the England Gymnastics Squad.
  • Metal detecting day raised over 1,000 for local charity.
  • Fund raising events for local man who was stabbed and, as a result, is now a quadriplegic.
  • Harvest Supper for elderly and needy
  • 'Scoring 20's' darts competition.  Teams are of 5 players each and throw for one hour in rotation with only 20's scoring. 3 for treble, 2 for double 1 for single. Rotarians visit the club/pub venue in pairs to officiate. Teams obtain sponsorship. This event raised 4000 for The East Anglia Air Ambulance this year.
  • A Charity Auction has raised in the region of 10,000 a year.
  • A club is organising all schools in the town to participate in 'Purple Pinkie'. Sixth formers from the Upper Schools are helping with the practicalities through their pyramids as a community activity. The club is also proposing to invite all businesses to take part in the day by wearing something purple to work for a contribution to the fund.
  • Stewarding the Santa Run which is an East Anglian Childrens Hospice fund-raising event.

Vocational Service

  • Run an annual technology tournament for a group of high schools
  • Grant made and Vocational Experience given to local school to set up a career's taster forum.
  • Helping a lady, whose husband is very ill, to take her driving test.

Could your club be involved with any of these Environmental Projects?

  • the District Bottle Top Recycling Project
  • A butterfly garden competition
  • A 'graffitti' project, involving school age artists, on the flight of the bumble bee
  • A school project to produce an edible garden
  • Free low energy bulbs for those who need them.  The bulbs could be available to your club to enable you to do this
  • Clearing beaches of debris and litter
  • Planting trees
  • Starting a recycled bikes scheme
  • Planting bulbs
  • A 'where did what's on your plate come from' education drive

The District Team

Nick Corke -   Chairman

David Simpson - Member

Dr Keith Tovey -  Environmental member
Keith is a Reader Emeritus in Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia.  He is a Chartered Civil Engineer with experience  of Landslide Hazards particularly in Hong Kong and Trinidad.  In the 1990s the focus of his work in the Environment shifted to the areas of Energy and Carbon Reduction.   He is the Immediate Past President of  the Rotary Club of Norwich and is also District  Environment Officer for District 1080.    He is also District 1080 Environment Officer and in 2013-14 will also be AG North East.    He has also been asked to serve on the rIBi Environment Group for 2013-14.

Paul McIntee - Literacy []
 Paul worked for many years in commerce and technology. For the last six years he has worked for himself as a management consultant.  With experience as a school governor and in school organisation at county level, Paul was invited to participate in the Rotary Literacy Project.  He has visited several clubs and talked about literacy and what we, as "un-trained yet willing volunteers" could consider doing. He would be happy to talk to your club. 'Paul is the Literacy Coordinator for District 1080.

David Crerar - Vocational Service

David is a Chartered Chemical Engineer and spent most of his working life transferring fertiliser production technology to manufacturers worldwide. In Rotary for over 25 years, and was chairman of District 1080 Vocational Service Committee (2001 to 2005). He is keen to ensure that high ethical standards are recognised as a unique feature of Rotary.  For over 10 years David has been a volunteer with the Felixstowe Area Community Transport Scheme.

Robin Pivett - Substance Misuse

Robert Lovick - Resilience -  now renamed Community Emergency Support

Community and Vocational Service pages:

Community Champion Award

Nominate one person, per year, for a Community Service Champion award


Current List of Club Projects

This is a list of current club activities & projects so we can share best practice


District Community Service Database


Environmental Matters

Pages of Relevance on Environmental Matters for Rotarians and the General Public


Environment Awards

Details of Environment Awards


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