Vocational Service calls on every Rotary member to exemplify high ethical standards in business and in their communities. If you find yourself in an ethical dilemma, we encourage you to use The Four-Way Test to determine the best solution.
You’re the incoming community service chair for your club and will be serving in this role for the first time. You have been approached by a local university-based Rotaract club to work together on a river cleanup project. Your club doesn’t sponsor this Rotaract club, which works with its sponsor club on other projects but also wants to make new connections. You’re excited about the opportunity to work with young professionals in your community and build a relationship with the Rotaractors. You present the project and opportunity to your club. Members who have been involved in a mentoring program at the local primary school for many years feel they don’t have the time to commit to this new project. They believe their ongoing tutoring project is already engaging youth and don’t see value in working with the Rotaract club. You believe that the Rotaract project could be the start of a long-term partnership and feel strongly that the club should accept the invitation.
What would you do?