Vocational Service involves club members serving others through their professions and aspiring to high ethical standards. Rotarians, as business leaders, share skills and expertise through their vocations, and they inspire others in the process.
The world's first service club, the Rotary Club of Chicago, was formed in 1905 by Paul P. Harris, an attorney. The Rotary name derived from the early practice of rotating meetings among members' offices.
Today, business remains an integral part of any Rotary Club. The members of the Golden Valley Rotary Club are identified by vocation on their nametags and members participate in vocational service activities, including tours of businesses and weekly speakers from the business or charitable organization communities.
Tours to local companies and institutions occur in place of some regular meetings or at other times. Some examples of local businesses Golden Valley Rotarians have toured:
ATS&R Architects; Boger Dental; Courage Center; CRISIS Nursery; Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank;
Golden Valley Public Safety Department; Honeywell Control Mfg. Co.;
KARE- Channel 11 TV Station: Tennant Floor Machine Mfg. Co.;
Liberty Carton Company; Minneapolis Tribune Paper Plant: Mpls. Garbage Burner Facility; Mpls. St. Paul International Airport; Waste Recycleing Plant; and many others;
Vocational Service Committees:
Director: Mark Herring
Golden Valley Organization of the Year Award: Past President's Club
Vocational Tours: Mark Herring
Vocational Awards: Past Presidents Club